We all get more than enough bills each month, so it’s important to save money where you can. For some people a storage unit isn’t just a luxury; it’s an absolute necessity, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to cut self-storage costs. Here are five easy ways you can start saving money.
Proper use of packing supplies and good organization can cut down on the total space you need for your items, which in turn cuts down your monthly self-storage costs because you can rent a smaller unit. Be sure to get some normal cardboard boxes, but also get some boxes designed to hold specific items such as glassware. Not only will they do a better job of protecting your items while in storage, but they will also help you stay organized.
More densely populated areas will almost always have higher costs when it comes to self-storage. Not only is the demand high due to a large population, but the land is worth more which means costs are even higher. If you’re trying to save some money on your unit, be sure to look at various areas near you. Be smart, don’t limit your search to just the closest facilities, take a look at nearby neighborhoods or even cities. A 15 minute drive could save you a considerable amount of cash each month.
Avoid Late Fees
It can be easy to lose track of time and forget to pay your bills on time, especially for something like self-storage. Luckily, U-Haul allows you to set up an auto-pay so you’ll never have to worry about missing payments.
One thing you need to be aware of is that certain amenities will cause your unit to cost a bit more. If you don’t need a climate controlled storage unit, you may save some money by looking for one that does not have that feature. Also, units with convenient access tend to be a bit more expensive than ones you can’t back your car up to.
Last but not least, if you want to save money on your storage rental you should definitely purchase storage insurance at the time of rental. It may seem counter-intuitive that you would save money by spending more on insurance, but if something happens to your unit you’ll be glad you had the foresight to protect yourself.
Do you have any tips for someone who is trying to save money on their storage unit? Tell us in the comments!