Renting A Storage Unit? 2 Ways To Save Money

6 May 2015
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When you move, it isn't hard to come across loads of unplanned expenses. After footing the bill for an extra moving trailer, packing supplies, and changing utility companies, you might not have a lot to spend on a storage unit. Fortunately, you don't have to let your need for extra space run your checking account into the ground. Here are two ways to save money on self storage:

1: Consider Renting a Larger Unit

To conserve cash, some people make the mistake of renting the smallest storage unit they can find. After all, since it has a lower monthly price tag, it should be a better bang for your buck, right? Unfortunately, small storage units can actually end up being more expensive than their larger counterparts.

For starters, small storage units typically cost more per square foot. In fact, while 5x5 foot storage units start at about $40 per month, or $1.60 per square foot, 10x20 foot units start at around $95 per month, or 47.5¢ per square foot—less than a third of the price. Also, if you cram all of your belongings into a smaller space, your things could be crushed under the weight of other boxes or damaged as you rummage through your stuff to find things.

To get a good deal on a unit and to protect your things, calculate the price per square foot as you shop for storage. Look for a storage unit that is large enough to house your things comfortably, so that you don't end up replacing your stuff and paying more than you need to. 

2: Ask About Ongoing Discounts

Although storage unit pricing might seem pretty cut-and-dry, many facilities offer ongoing discounts that you might be eligible for. As you call different storage businesses, ask if they offer these discounts:

  • Senior Citizen Discounts: If you are over the age of 55, you might be able to enjoy a senior citizen discount on your storage facility. Also, because storage units can be hard to access, some facilities even offer units that are in highly visible locations and easier to open for the elderly.
  • Student Discounts: If you are a college student, you might be looking for somewhere to put your stuff when you head home for the summer. Fortunately, some storage facilities offer great deals to students during the summer months, so that you don't go broke protecting your stuff while you are away. 

By renting the right storage unit and asking for a deal, you might be able to get a better bang for your buck, so that you have more money to spend on other things. Contact Canada Storage Station Self Storage for more information.