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Maybe you’re tired of cold, harsh winters and you are ready to move to a warmer city such as Dallas, Texas. You may ask yourself, am I making the right decision? And if your new place is smaller than your previous home, you may question where to keep your belongings. There are options, and Uncle Bob’s self storage can provide a home for personal items as you settle into your new space.
Moving is not cheap, and like most people, you probably need affordable self storage. Fortunately, a storage space doesn’t have to break the budget. Here are five tips for saving on a self storage unit.
1. Get at least three quotes. Some people don’t think of comparison shopping when choosing a self storage unit. However, rental units vary greatly in price. Spend a day and visit several facilities located close to your home. There are several factors to take into consideration, such as entrance hours, security features and the monthly rent. Ask to see an empty unit and decide whether the space is suitable for your belongings. Be observant. What is the condition of the unit? Are there signs of rodents and pests? Is the facility located in a safe part of town? Once you have multiple quotes, do a side-by-side comparison.
2. Ask for a discount. Storage facilities collect rent on a monthly basis. However, you might be able to negotiate a lower rate if you prepay for six months or one year. This isn’t an option everywhere, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. You can also inquire about student or military discounts, if applicable.
3. Look for promotions. If there is a lot of competition in the local area, some facilities may run a promotion and offer a discount on a yearly contract. This deal can work if you plan on keeping the storage unit for at least 12 months. Understand, however, the facility can take legal action if you break the agreement early.
4. Check for incentives. Depending on the amount of items you will move into storage, you may need to rent a truck. Some self storage facilities offer a free truck with a move-in. Although you’ll need to refill the gas tank when you’re finished, this incentive saves you money on a truck rental.
5. Go with the smallest space possible. Be honest with your needs. Self storage facilities offer spaces with different square footage. And while a larger unit may seem appealing, do you need this type of space? The larger your unit, the more you will pay. Rather than rent a mid-size or large unit, go with a smaller size and bring in shelves to better organize your belongings.
Moving is challenging, and dealing with clutter can wreck havoc on your peace of mind. Saving money on self storage can help you adjust to your new living expenses. And with the savings you can handle other financial obligations, such as increasing your bank account or paying off debt.