What Every Home Owner and Renter Needs to Know About Self-Storage

by Kurt Novak

Clean Units Large & Small AvailableHave you outgrown your home or apartment and just don’t have anymore room to store things? You’re not alone. Thousands of people have faced the same dilemma and have chosen a Columbus self-storage facility as the solution to their problem.

Self-storage is so popular now that a competitive industry has developed all over the country in order to provide top-notch storage services and facilities.

So what is self-storage? Very simply, it’s renting one or more specific sized rooms that allow you to store items you want to hold on to but can’t (or don’t want to) keep at home. These storage rooms resemble garages.  They are clean, dry and secure. Some are even temperature and humidity controlled.

Most Columbus storage facilities offer different sized units ranging from fairly small (5’ by 5’) to fairly large (10’ by 30’). This means you can rent just the space you actually need. And if you need more space over time, you can move to a larger unit or add additional units.

Self-storage units are rented on a month-to-month basis, so you only pay for as long as you need it. This is great, because it doesn’t lock you into a long rental period. On the other hand, if you need storage space for an extended period of time, you can usually get a discount if you prepay or make a long term commitment. This is also the case if you need to rent multiple units.

Columbus storage facilities make paying your monthly rent easy. They accept cash, check and all major credit cards. Payments are due at the beginning of each month. Many facilities also offer the convenience of automatic monthly transaction.

Self-storage puts you in control of how you use the space you rent. You’re the one who moves items in and out of the unit, unless you hire movers to do it for you. Otherwise, though, it’s the same as a storage room in your house, only it’s offsite. You are the only one with access to the unit. During the rental period, you can access the space 24/7 without any additional charges.

Your items are secure because the entire storage facility is surrounded by tall perimeter fencing. The only way to enter the compound is through a security gate which can only be opened with a computerized access code. Storage facilities also provide bright security lights at night and surveillance cameras that record all activity.

Most Columbus storage facilities have concrete aprons surrounding the storage buildings and paved driveways, so you can drive your vehicle right up to your unit’s door. Even when it rains you don’t have to worry about getting muddy. Best of all, your storage unit is private: it’s your space and you don’t share it with anyone else. No one, not even the facility’s owner, has access to your unit.

So why would you want to rent a self storage room? Maybe you have children off to college, but they aren’t ready to take all their possessions with them yet. Or perhaps you are moving to a smaller home and need a secure place to keep items you know you’ll need sometime in the future. Maybe your garage is overflowing, and you want some extra room during the winter to store lawn furniture and garden equipment. There are hundreds of reasons why renting self-storage units is a smart move.

With so many people living lives of increased mobility, it’s comforting to know that services like self-storage are available to help you through transitional periods. Columbus storage units can be found all over town – most likely a facility is located near your home or apartment.

About the Author

Kurt is an experienced real estate entrepreneur and self storage investor. Connect with Kurt on Google+

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