Storage on a tight budget

6 tips for selecting a storage unit on a tight budget

If you are looking to select a storage unit on a tight budget then here are some helpful tips. Self storage is great if you need that extra space or are moving home. When taking into consideration the various sizes and types of storage units available, it is important to find the right balance between space and price for your needs, especially if you’re on a tight budget.

Here are six tips on how you can select a storage unit on a budget:

1. Closer isn’t always the cheapest

Although choosing a storage unit nearby can be enticing for ease of access, it won’t necessarily be the cheapest option. The convenience of a good store location can mean you’re going to have to pay a premium. If you’re on a budget, you might be better looking for units that are a little further afield.

2. Be prepared to work a bit harder

If you fancy the look of those units offering individual drive-up features, the convenience can come with a premium. If you have a number of people to help you move your stuff, consider a storage unit inside the building and perhaps one on an upper floor. Although it will be less convenient, it is likely to cost less.

3. Don’t pay extra for unnecessary features

If you’re storing nothing out of the ordinary that requires special storage conditions, then renting a standard storage unit will save you money. Features like climate control or even a heated storage facility will just cost you more and would be a waste of money.

4. Commit long-term

The longer you can commit, the better the deal. Long-term storage agreements are usually awarded discounts and lower rates compared to short-term contracts. Be sure that you actually need to rent it for the time period specified as terminating the agreement earlier than agreed could incur additional penalty fees.

5. Organise and pack well

When packing your items, try to be organised and put them into boxes in such a way that will enable you to stack items better inside the storage unit, This will enable you to save on storage space and opt for a smaller sized storage unit costing less than a larger one. Don’t forget to label boxes so you know what they contain just in case you need to pull something out of the storage unit.

6. Compare available choices

Don’t just find one solution and stick to it. If you do that, you may miss out on better deals that are available elsewhere. Some storage facilities can offer better discounts, some can offer free moving services, others may offer free weekly periods! Comparing a number of storage facilities means that you are sure to be getting the best deal.

Bigfoot Self Storage offer a range of cost effective storage solutions. Our friendly staff will help you to be smart with your storage options. Contact us for a quote today.

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