Just how many storage units are there in the United States? There are even more than there are McDonald's, according to the Huff Post. To be precise, there are up to 50,000 storage units across the country compared to just 14,350 McDonald's locations.
While there is plenty to go around, many households struggle to choose the right storage units for their purposes. Learn from these common mistakes.
Choosing a Container That Does Not Match Your Needs
When selecting a storage unit, there are certain things to know first. Know whether you need a stationary or portable storage unit, whether you need climate-controlled storage, and if the container you choose needs to withstand certain conditions, like extreme weather.
If you need a container that will withstand extreme weather and protect belongings over an extended period of time, choose a container that will survive an impact -- typically a container with a steel base or frame. Ask those renting stationary and portable storage units which container or containers will best suit your needs.
Making It a Hassle
If you opt for a stationary or traditional storage unit, you will be tasked with the responsibility of getting your things to and from that container. That can be time-consuming and bothersome, particularly if you are already moving or downsizing.
When you choose a portable storage unit, on the other hand, companies will deliver the unit right to your property. Many companies will allow you to keep the unit there as long as you need to, and then remove the unit to a safe and secure location for long-term storage when you are ready. This takes the hassle out of the process and saves you valuable time.
Selecting the Wrong Size Container
Although 10% of U.S. households currently have a storage unit, far too many consumers continue to rent or purchase the wrong size. Remember, ideally, you do not want to stuff your storage unit full to its maximum capacity. Leaving some room gives you the flexibility to store more items as necessary. It also decreases the likelihood of items being improperly stowed away, which can lead to damages and broken items. Having enough space gives you the ability to pack safely and appropriately.
Generally speaking, 8, 12, and 16-foot containers are available for your needs.
Whether you are moving, downsizing, or remodeling, a portable storage unit may be just the thing you need. Avoid the mistakes above and choose the unit that is best for your purposes.