How Long Can You Keep Your Storage Unit?

Self Storage Tips

Ryan Moore
March 15th, 2022

Some stored items are things we often don't need but simply can’t throw away. This is when finding a good storage facility really comes in handy. Self-storage units can be a great long-term solution for keeping goods, furniture, decorations, and clothing safe from damage and theft in your home. But sometimes, you only need to store items for a short period of time, such as during a move or divorce, when you’re downsizing or traveling. In this blog, we’ll go over how long you can keep your storage unit, and what the minimum commit is.

Contracts Matter
Each storage facility has its own contract with time constraints on it, so shop around before signing a lengthy commitment. Compare quotes from several facilities before committing and talk to a manager about what you’re looking for. Most contracts have a minimum time commitment for the renter and that can vary but is generally month-to-month.

If You Only Need Storage For A Week
Almost all storage facilities require at least a one-month time commitment for the renter, but if you find an inexpensive facility you could pay for the month and use it for the week. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a facility that has an opening and is willing to rent to you on a short-term weekly basis, but that’s not the norm. This is generally because true short-term storage doesn’t make sense within a larger facility, as it can be difficult to move your things in and out. This is why most people renting storage units use them for at least a month.

Long Term Storage
The great news is that although a good storage company will have you on a month-to-month lease, you don’t have a built-in end date. Many people store their goods for years, especially sentimental things that they don’t use often but can’t get rid of. If you intend on storing items long-term for multiple years, talk with the manager of the facility to see if you can get a deal on your contract if you commit to a full year. Sometimes, you’ll get a better deal if you make a longer commitment to store with the company.

Things To Remember
If you are going to rent a self-storage unit long-term, you want to be sure about a few things.

-AutoPay: Make sure that your card is set up to auto-pay the monthly renter's fees, as this avoids costly late fees and confusion.

-Security: Security is particularly important if you don’t intend on visiting your unit often. It's important to find a facility that has 24/7 security measures in place, with an electronic gate and facility security guards or employees who walk around the premises and make sure that your items are kept safe.

Storage units are great long and short-term options for renters looking to keep their space free of clutter and their things safe from damage. However, before you sign a contract, make sure you consider all the variables: from the length of time you want the units, to the way the facility is run.

Happy Storing!

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