People store goods for many reasons. Self-storage offers the perfect solution for getting rid of clutter while holding on to your valued possessions. Self-storage offers a safe, secure and clean environment to store your goods.

The storage industry has become highly competitive and competition has raised the standards. Twenty-four hour access to your goods is generally allowed and onsite security with Close Circuit TV is fast becoming the norm. Most storage warehouses now offer climate-controlled options. Books and all paper products are highly sensitive to high humidity levels and furs generally need to be stored in the cold to prevent degradation. These features, as well as sound pest control programs, are now the standard in today’s warehouses.

What can I store?
In the correct environment, almost anything can be stored for a certain period of time. Perishable food is the exception and will not be accepted by a warehouse for storage. The following list gives you some idea of what items can be stored in the correct environment with no negative effects.

Home furnishings
Clothing (summer garments in winter and vice versa)
Electronic equipment
Musical instruments

Real estate prices are constantly increasing and homes are getting smaller and smaller as people downsize. Due to space constraints, you may need to store items that you do not want or cannot fit in your new home. Public storage can be an excellent option in situations like this

When people move, their household goods may need to be stored temporarily. This can be the result of not having located a permanent home in the new city, or deciding to do some remodeling before moving in to the new home. Sometimes people will decide to build a completely new home in the new location. If you decide to take this route you will need to have your furnishings out of the way while this is going on. Storage is an obvious choice.

Your moving company may have a storage option available to you. If this is the case, you may elect to forgo self-storage. It is best to check with your moving company to determine if this service is available and what the cost would be. An advantage to storing goods with your moving company is that the company will then deliver your goods when you are ready for them.

If you store your goods with the moving company, ask if you are able to collect them at any time. You may have to give them notice to do this. This may be especially important to businesses where important documents are being stored. When you only need your goods stored for a few days, consider using the truck your business or household goods are transported in. Be sure to park in a safe area and back the trailer up to a wall so nobody can break in.

You may also want to use a storage space to store a vehicle. Families today frequently have more than one vehicle. Some may have a boat that needs to be stored in the winter months. You may not have a big yard, and even if you do, you may not be allowed to store a boat on your property. In some cities the local ordinance does not allow boats to be stored in a residential neighborhood.

Many storage units offer climate control, twenty-four hour security and top of the line pest control programs in an effort to provide secure safe storage for your belongings. Goods can be stored for as long or as short a period as you need. Spaces vary in size so you can pick a space that will hold all your goods and not have to pay for unused space. If you use storage a lot it is advisable to get a space a little bigger than you actually need, as you will probably fill it up pretty quickly.

Many storage operations offer a multitude of other services, including truck rental (or even a free rental), in order to get your business. Many companies have workers who will come to your home and pack up your goods professionally. This involves loading up a truck and driving it to the storage unit. They will then unload your goods and efficiently pack them into the storage space. These people are professionals and can do the job more effectively and efficiently than you may be able to. This convenience comes with a fee but it may be worth the peace of mind.

Before you decide to spend money on storage you should ask yourself some important questions about your household goods. Remember, everything you get rid of now is something you won’t need to spend money moving. On the other hand, you may actually need it someday. Here are some sample questions:
  • Do I need the item?

  • Will I ever use this item again?

  • When did I use it last?

  • Has it got sentimental value?

  • If any of the items need repair will I really have them repaired?

  • Will I ever really wear this clothing item again?

Throw away, give away or sell
After answering the questions above, you may decide that you do not need some of the items. The next big question is what to do with all this stuff. There are many options available to you. You could throw the stuff out, give it away to charity or have a garage sale.

Household items could go to charity organizations such as the Red Cross and any books could go to a local library or school. Remember to get a receipt for tax purposes.

If you decide to have a garage sale, be sure to price the items so they will sell. Making a profit is secondary in this instance and getting rid of your junk is the primary reason for the sale. Here are some important points to remember as you plan your garage sale.
  • You may need a permit in some towns to have a garage sale.

  • Have the sale on the weekend when people are off work. Saturday mornings are best.

  • Put up signs around the neighborhood a few days beforehand to let people know when and where the sale is.

  • If someone makes an offer less than the advertised price, barter to bring the price up.

  • Remember to tell neighbors, relatives, and friends about the sale.