The basement is a great way to store items that rarely get used or that you’re holding on to for later. However, many valuable living spaces like spare bedrooms, basements, and even attics slowly become filled with items, which means you can’t use the living space for anything useful. While it’s true that some items could definitely be sold or donated to charity to clear up some space, some of these stored items hold a lot of value, whether it is monetary or sentimental value. While you shouldn’t let go of these valuables, you may be able to benefit from self-storage in Metairie and free up some of that living space. Here’s what you need to know.
One of the main reasons people “grow out” of their homes is because with a growing family, there’s significant growth in the number of belongings you need to fit in the house. However, a larger house isn’t always the best option. In fact, you may find that many of the items stored in potential living spaces like basements and spare bedrooms are items that you may need occasionally, but not most of the time. Storage units typically cost under a couple of hundred dollars per month to rent, but upsizing your home will generally add much more than this to your monthly mortgage payment. If you take a close look at your living situation, you may find that the size of your home isn’t the real problem; rather, the lack of storage space is. In many cases renting a small storage unit is a much better option than purchasing a larger house, especially since you can often get rid of items as children move out of the home.
Another major use of storage space in the home is items that are only used seasonally. A big culprit is Christmas decorations and other holiday items. It doesn’t make much sense to take up valuable space in the basement with bulky outdoor decorations or an artificial Christmas tree that you’ll only use for four to six weeks. Instead, free up this space and store the items in a unit for the remainder of the year. There are other items to think about that you can only use in hot or cold weather like life jackets, snowshoes, skis, and even clothing that you only wear for a few months out of the year.
Another reason you may want to consider moving things from your basement to a storage unit is for security reasons. You may think your home is the safest place to keep your valuables, but in addition to dangers from flooding and fire, your home is susceptible to thieves as well. Storage facilities have constant surveillance and monitoring, as well as additional security measures that many homes don’t have.
You may be concerned about the effect of hot or cold weather on some of your more sensitive belongings. However, climate-controlled storage in Metairie, LA, will keep even your most weather-sensitive valuables safe. In fact, some of these belongings may stay in better shape in one of these storage units than it will in the basements, which is susceptible to moisture issues and potential flooding. To learn more about these units, contact Affordable Self Storage. We also offer FREE 24/7 access, and we do not require you to purchase insurance through us.