South Taranaki Star

The many benefits of a storage unit


If you have a small home, and big interests like skiing or camping, a storage unit can be useful. In fact there are many benefits to using a self-storage facility that can help make your life a lot easier.


Unused items such as furniture, clothes and appliances can be stowed safely in a self-storage unit awaiting possible reuse, resale, upcycling or donation, instead of taking up valuable space in your home. .


Unlike most homes, storage facilities offer more security for stored items. Units are well secured using advanced technology, often including gated entry, surveillan­ce cameras, exterior lighting, security fences, security guards and limited time to get in and out. So it can be wiser to store valuable items in a storage unit rather than in the garage or basement of our homes.


Moving into a new home can be one of the most stressful times in our lives, thanks to all the moving parts that must coordinate to get your old home sold and all your belongings and family members into your new place. Renting a storage unit while you prepare to move can be a life saver. If you are staging your existing home to sell it, you can store all your nonessenti­al treasures in the unit; most real estate profession­als will tell you to reduce clutter to make your home feel more spacious, and allow potential buyers to envisage their own belongings in the home, rather than feel overwhelme­d by yours. Storing it off site is a much better idea than hiding it in the garage; potential buyers will want to see that area looking as lovely as the house.

A storage unit is also great to have after you’ve sold, particular­ly if you need to find temporary housing until your new home is ready. A storage unit can hold everything, but the essentials until your new home is move-in ready.

And if you discover you need something you’ve stored away, no problem: a profession­ally run selfstorag­e facility allows you to access your items any time via a code or swipe card.


People rent units for a variety of reasons, and how you plan to use it determines the type and size you need. If your unit is justa holding space for all the extra stuff you had to clear out while selling your home, and if you don’t plan to access anything in it until you move it out on moving day, you can get by with packing your unit from stem to stern with boxes and furniture. If, however, you’re using it long term to store things you’ll need to access, opt for a larger unit so you can have aisles between stacks of items. As you fill your unit, put items you’ll use more often at the front.

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Most self-storage units offer convenient access to your precious items with 24-hour swipe-card entry.

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