How to Choose a Storage Unit: Types, Sizes, Cost, & Other Considerations

Tammy Birkmire / March 9, 2022

Choosing a storage unit for your needs can be an overwhelming process. If you’re looking for storage for the first time, you likely don’t know where or how to start. You may be moving and looking to store all of your belongings somewhere for a couple months. You may own a business that requires large amounts of storage for a long period of time. Whatever you’re looking for, there are many factors to consider when looking for a storage unit, such as deciding between residential and commercial needs, short-term or long-term needs, and figuring out how much space you need.

Residential vs. Commercial Storage

The first thing to consider is the difference between residential and commercial storage. Simply put, residential storage is generally on a smaller scale, and is for people or families that are moving homes. Commercial storage is generally on a larger scale, and is used for businesses who may need long-term storage space for their goods, products, and other materials. This is an important distinction to make as your first step, as there are many differences between the two. Determine if the storage you need is for a large-scale business, or just for your own home and belongings.

Short-term vs. Long-term Storage

Another factor to consider is how long you intend to keep your things in storage. Are you moving to a new house, and planning on having your things in storage for a couple of months? Or do you plan to keep your things in storage for an extended period of time? This may not seem like a big difference if you assume your things will just be sitting there untouched in both cases, but if you plan on having your things in storage for an extended period, you may want to consider how often you’ll need access to them. For example, you may need to visit your storage space on a semi-regular basis, in which case you’d want to make sure you are actually able to access it more easily.

How Much Space Do You Need?

On a related note, you will need to consider how much space you need. If you have a long-term storage space where you’ll need to have access to your belongings – Big Box is eager to help!

On the other hand, you also don’t want to have too much space. So it’s important to consider how much stuff you have, how much storage space you need, and how often you’ll need access to your belongings. That’s what Birkmire can help you with! ***

Other Considerations

There are many other factors to consider when looking for a storage space. Are you storing things that might be damaged by extreme temperature changes in the summer and winter? Furniture, artwork, pianos, electronics, and many other household items run the risk of being damaged in extreme temperatures. In those cases, it’s important to make sure your storage space has climate control.

Additionally, you want to consider things like security and accessibility. You will no doubt have valuables stored, and you want to ensure that they are safe and protected for the duration of their storage. At the same time, you want to make sure that you have access to your storage space when you need it.

Finding the Right Storage Unit

Whatever your storage needs may be, Birkmire is here to help. We offer storage options for both residential and commercial needs, with a variety of options for sizes and spaces. All of our Big Box Mobile Storage facilities have climate control and top level security to ensure your belongings are safe and protected. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you find the right storage unit for you.

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