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Finding a Storage Unit in Central Michigan

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Picture yourself - you’re surrounded by boxes and furniture.

 

No, you’re not getting ready to move. You’ve actually already made your move, and now you’re trying to figure out where the extra items go, the ones you want to keep but that may not have space in your current setup.

 

Or maybe you’ve recently inherited some items from a family member, and you want to make sure you have the time and space to sort through them when you’re not feeling overwhelmed by emotion.

 

Or maybe you’re combining two households, and you want to ensure you have space for everyone in the blended family to feel comfortable and to not feel like they have to give up a lot of their items to make room for new siblings.

 

Whatever your reason, a storage unit can be a great way to give yourself additional space and time to sort through possessions and make decisions. These guidelines might help you to find the right storage unit in Central Michigan.

 

1.  Evaluate the Items You Need to Store.

To choose a storage unit, you’ll need to take a close look at the items you’re storing. Is it mostly large furniture items? Books? Outdoor or workshop tools? Seasonal clothing?

 

Each of these different types of items takes up space differently. While books are heavy, they can also be boxed and stacked in a compact manner. Furniture, on the other hand, can also be heavy and can take up a lot of space. Depending on the types of furniture you’re trying to store, you may be able to pile it up or to place other items (like boxes or bins of clothing) on top of it.

 

Many storage facilities provide guidelines on their spaces and which types/amounts of items will fit into each one.

 

If you’re not sure what size storage unit you may need, draw out a scale diagram of the storage space and your items; you’ll be able to quickly determine whether you can squeeze two recliners and a giant dog statue into one unit.

 

2.  Determine Whether You Need a Climate Controlled Space.

Climate controlled or non-climate-controlled can be one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make regarding storage options.

 

A climate-controlled storage unit can be more expensive, but can also give you additional peace of mind regarding treasured items, like paper documents, antiques, heirloom fabrics, and art. In a climate-controlled unit, you’ll be better able to protect these types of items from potentially damaging issues like humidity and insects.

 

3.  Decide Whether Location is a Priority.

When you’re choosing a storage unit, decide on whether you’ll want the unit to be near your home. While you might think this is a no-brainer, the answer may actually be more nuanced than you expect.

 

If you’re planning to visit your storage unit frequently, it can make sense to secure a unit that’s closer to your home or business. Examples could include people who are using their storage unit as a place to work on organizational projects, or who change out their clothing or decor seasonally.

 

In these cases, you know you’ll be visiting the unit on a regular basis, so you can base your decision on finding a sweet spot between price and convenience.

 

If you’re planning to store things long term, like furniture, books or documents, you may not plan to visit your unit on a regular basis at all. In this case, you might be okay with choosing a unit a little less conveniently located in order to save money on the overall storage costs.

 

4.  See What Others Have to Say.

Sometimes the best way to make a purchasing decision involves finding out what others in your area use and like. While it can be easy to ask a friend about the shoes they’re wearing and where they got them, or to request a recipe after tasting a delicious meal, not everyone has a storage unit, so your opportunity to crowdsource within your own social network might be limited.

 

Online ratings and reviews can give you an additional option for insight on different storage facilities and whether they might be a fit for you.

 

Check the storage facility’s website to see if they include customer testimonials, then also check sites like Google and Yelp to see how users rate the facilities. You might gain good insight into what the facility is like, how easy the staff is to work with, and whether the other customers have run into any major issues.

 

When you’re shopping for a storage unit, you want to make sure you find a place that keeps your possessions safe and in good condition; that’s safe and convenient for you to access and that’s affordably priced. After all, having a storage unit is intended to make your life easier, not more difficult.

 

If you’re looking for a Central Michigan storage unit, let us help you find the best option for you and your storage needs. Contact MySpace Self Storage today, and let’s work together to find the storage unit that fits you.