Did you know that self storage is one of the cheapest storage options there is? When you are looking for budget storage, look around at the storage facilities in your area, and once you have done your research you will have some idea of what self storage costs.
Price is not the only important considerations in determining the choice of a self storage provider however, and as we will see there are a few other essentials such as location and security that must be considered. Not only that, its not only the rental figure that you will be required to pay, as there are some extra hidden costs involved too.
On top of it all, most self storage providers offer a range of self storage unit sizes, so you must be able to correctly estimate the size you are going to choose in the end.
At Stop & Store Lowestoft we keep costs down to fit into your budget storage objectives, and even give special offers to make it a whole lot easier for you to afford self storage at our facility in Lowestoft.
Working out your storage needs and determining how much you need to budget for and highlighting some of the extra costs will be explained here.
Budget Storage Calculations
One of the more difficult things to do when talking about space size is to visualize the size of the self storage unit mentioned and estimating how much to fit into it.
Once you have surveyed the range of options you will have discovered that there are several self storage unit sizes available. Each option has a different price calculated according to a rate per square foot. You will notice that the rate per square foot gets cheaper as the unit size grows, meaning that taking a large self storage unit is cheaper per square foot than a small one.
Mostly the rate is calculated for a month’s duration. Contracts run for a month at a time, which is advantageous for budget storage purposes as there are no long-term implications.
The Range of Self storage Units and Cost
You will have seen during your research that storage companies offer a range of self storage unit sizes, all designed to suit your needs. But how do you know how much will fit into each one and how much will it cost? Let’s give you some advice on the subject.
Before we do, there are also several factors to consider before renting a self storage unit over and above the size and cost that you need to consider.
- Do you have access to your storage unit any time of the day or week?
- Is the self storage facility secured by means of a monitoring system that assures the safety of your goods?
- Are the conditions of storage clear and unambiguous with no hidden clauses?
- Will you be the only person that has access to your unit?
- Is the location and the loading and offloading customer friendly?
Sizes on offer and what you can fit in
You may have a small amount to store. If you have up to 60 medium sized boxes you can store these in a 25 sq ft storage unit.
If you have the contents of a one bedroomed house with four rooms, such as a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom then a 50 sq ft unit will do. This amounts to 125 medium sized boxes, which can be loaded on a transit van.
Perhaps you have something bigger: an extra bedroom, filled with stuff: then a 75 sq ft storage unit will be sufficient. Imagine the equivalent of 180 medium sized boxes fitting into this space.
Anything bigger such as a three-bedroom house requires a storage unit of at least 100 sq foot.
As your storage needs increase you may need to consider a bigger unit. A 150 sq foot unit will hold the contents of a four bedroomed house which is likely to have a dining room, second bathroom and extra living area.
Over and above the rental figure you would pay for the actual storage, here are a few extras that should be included in your budget storage calculations.
- The cost of moving your goods to the self storage facility. This will depend on the quantity of goods for storage and the distance they need to travel.
- The materials required for packaging of your goods. These will include cartons, tape, and bubble wrap.
- Cover the value of your goods with insurance. You don’t want to be caught short. Just in case.
- Secure the facility with a good set of locks.
With this covered you are ready for storage and you know what your budget is. Stop & Store Lowestoft is an ideally located for easy access and loading. Choose a storage unit vary that suits your needs.
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We are here to give you a top-class self storage experience.
Call us at Stop and Store at 01502 580005 or visit us at 92 Denmark Road Lowestoft, NR32 2EH