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How to Know What Type of Storage Unit You Need

Do you need a short-term storage solution for an upcoming move in Calgary? Or something more long-term to help you clear up space around your house? Here's a simple and easy guide from our moving and storage experts in Calgary to help you know exactly what you need. 

Utilizing a storage unit can help you in numerous ways. Perhaps you're getting ready to sell your house and want to declutter the space before you begin showing it, or you want to get a head start on your own relocation efforts by storing easier to move items in a short-term storage unit. Maybe you simply have too much stuff for the current space you're in and are stressed out about it.

Whatever your reason for needing a storage unit, it's important you go into the process with as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision about what type of storage unit will best suit your needs. Here's a handy guide to help you do so courtesy of our Calgary moving and storage experts.


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How to Know What Type of Storage Unit You Need

If you need a storage unit to store some of your stuff then it's important you know what type of unit you need before reaching out to the rental facility. If you're unsure of your storage needs before doing so, you could end up paying for more storage capacity than you actually need, or worse yet, end up not having a big enough unit for all the items you need to store. 

Here are four things you should consider before getting in touch with a storage rental facility so you can make the call armed with all the info you need to make an informed decision about the options available to you. 

1. Take stock of your storage items: The first thing you need to do before reaching out to a storage rental facility is to take stock of all the items you plan on storing. Seems simple, but it can be more difficult than you think. Try to estimate how much square feet you'll need to comfortably store all your items, and if you have any bigger ticket items, be sure to measure them. These bigger ticket items are usually the main reason you're engaging a storage rental facility in the first place, and you'll want to be certain they'll fit.

Another way you can gauge your storage needs is to determine how many rooms of stuff you'll be putting away. This a quick exercise which will give you a general idea of how much storage space you actually need.

2. Determine the length of your storage needs: Depending on how long you need to store your stuff, your storage space needs will differ. If you're only storing your items for a short period of time, you can most likely cram them in as tight as possible. But if you plan on storing things for an extended period of time, you'll want more space so the items remain properly ventilated to prevent mold and mildew buildup. You'll also want more space so you have the ability to create a pathway in the unit so you can easily access your items. 

3. Calculate how much you can realistically spend on storage: If you don't know how much you can realistically spend on your storage needs then you'll be in trouble a few months down the road when it comes time for your monthly payment. On the flip side, you need to accurately know just how much the items you're storing are worth. If they're expensive or hold extreme sentimental value, you may want to spring for a more expensive facility that features strong security measures and climate control units to safeguard your valuables. If your items aren't that important to you, you can easily rent a cheaper unit to keep your overall costs down.

4. Find out when you can access your unit: Storage rental facilities vary in terms of accessibility. Sometimes this is done as a security measure, other times it's a cost-saving one. You need to find out if the storage rental facility allows you to access your unit 24 hours a day, or if you can only do so during specific hours. Depending on when you plan on accessing your stored items, this aspect of the storage rental facility you plan on using is extremely important. You want to be able to access your stuff when you need it and not at times which would be inconvenient for you. 

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How to Pick the Right Storage Unit Size

Not sure how big of a storage unit you need? Check out the below basic guide to get a better idea of how much stuff can comfortably fit in common storage unit sizes.

1. 5'x5': This size of unit is best for things like holiday decorations or smaller items. You can likely fit a smaller mattress and box spring along with some boxes and a small dresser in a unit of this size too.

2. 5'x10': Moving up to this size should allow you to comfortably fit the contents of one bedroom. Think queen-sized mattress, regular-sized dresser, a TV, and a few boxes. 

3. 10'x10': A unit of this size will let you easily store the contents of two bedrooms or everything you currently have in your living/family room. 

4. 10'x15': You should easily be able to store three bedrooms worth of stuff in a unit of this size. Or you can store big ticket items such as a large screen TV, a couple couches, some tables, and even a piano.

5. 10'x20': With a unit this big you should be able to store everything from a four or five bedroom home within it. This includes your kitchen appliances and even your washer and dryer, as well as some larger boxes. 

6. 10'x30': The contents of a seven bedroom home should easily fit within a storage unit of this size. This includes all your outdoor furniture or equipment, along with all your appliances and furniture from inside the house.

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