The different kinds of storage rental units
There are several different kinds of storage rental units, and knowing what they are can make your decision much easier. If you start looking to rent a storage unit without first doing some research and learning the different terminology, you may find yourself becoming overwhelmed or confused at the various options.
The six main types of storage units are: indoor, outdoor, climate-controlled, non-climate controlled, covered parking, and uncovered parking. Let’s take a look at each one.
Indoor storage units
An indoor storage unit differs from an outdoor storage unit in that you first have to go inside a building to get to your specific unit. This means you’ll have to carry your belongings through a building, and possibly up or down some stairs before you’re able to store them.
Indoor storage units have pros and cons. A con is that you’ll have to carry your items farther and won’t have direct access to your unit. A pro of an indoor storage unit is that many people feel that their belongings are more secure and less likely to be tampered with. It’s up to you to decide whether an indoor or outdoor storage unit is right for you.
Outdoor storage units
An outdoor storage unit is when the door to your specific storage unit is located outside. This is the kind of unit many people think of when they imagine storing their belongings. Outdoor storage units are easy to access since you can just drive right up to your unit and unload or load your belongings easily. The downside to an outdoor storage units is that they are more susceptible to theft and damage.
Climate controlled storage units
A climate-controlled storage unit is necessary if you plan to store items that can be damaged by heat, cold, or moisture. Climate-controlled units are more expensive than non-climate controlled, but they protect your belongings and keep them from being damaged. Climate controlled means that the air and climate inside your storage unit are constantly monitored and adjusted to keep your items from being damaged.
If you plan to store any of the following items, you should get a climate-controlled storage unit:
Non-climate controlled storage units
A non-climate controlled storage unit means that the air inside the unit isn’t monitored or adjusted. This means that the outside temperature and climate may affect the items you’ve stored. If it’s really hot outside, the air inside your unit will be hotter. Same with the cold. If you don’t plan to store anything that can be damaged by heat or cold, then having a non-climate controlled unit should be fine. These are also cheaper than climate-controlled units.
Getting an inside storage unit that isn’t climate controlled will protect your items better than an outside unit that isn’t climate controlled, so keep that in mind when deciding what kind of unit to get.
Covered parking unit
Many storage units offer places to park a truck, RV, or boat. A covered parking unit provides a space for your vehicles that are covered and protected. This means you won’t have to worry about the weather affecting your expensive vehicles. A covered parking unit is much better protected than an uncovered parking unit but will cost you more money.
Uncovered parking unit
An uncovered parking unit is another way to park your truck, RV, or boat. But as the name suggests, this kind isn’t covered. This means you’ll be leaving your vehicle in the open air, where it is susceptible to weather and damage. You can always cover your vehicle with a tarp or cover, and this kind of parking is cheaper than covered parking.
Now that you know the different kinds of storage units, it’s time to decide which kind will be best for you and your valuables.
What size storage unit do I need?
If you’re looking for a storage unit in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, you’ve come to the right place. Safe Storage USA offers several kinds of storage units, with plenty of different sizes. But this brings us to a very common question: what size storage unit do you need?
You may have already decided whether you want an indoor unit, an outdoor unit, a climate-controlled unit, or a non-climate-controlled unit, but have you thought about the different sizes available to you?
You may have seen terms such as 5x10 storage unit, 10x20 storage unit, 20x20 storage unit, but what does all this mean?
Well, simply put, a 5x10 storage unit means that the unit is 5 feet by 10 feet. This is one of the smallest sizes you’ll likely find, although some facilities may have smaller sizes.
Units come in all kinds of sizes and shapes. Some units are perfectly square, some are slightly rectangular, and some are long and skinny, like a 15x40. Most people can make any shape work for what they need, so it’s up to personal preference whether you aim for a square unit or rectangular one.
The real thing you need to worry about is size. You need to ensure that all your stuff will fit in the storage unit you choose before signing any papers. This means visualizing what you plan to store and maybe even doing some simple calculations.
Here are a few guidelines to follow when choosing a storage unit size.
A 5x10 unit will typically fit the contents of a mid-sized bedroom. This means you’ll likely fit a bed, dresser, and some boxes in a 5x10 storage unit.
A 10x10 storage unit will typically fit an entire family living room or two full-sized bedrooms (although not both). This means you can store a couch, table, and large television, or a dresser, bed, table, and boxes. Or some similar combination.
A 10x15 storage unit might fit the contents of three full bedrooms. Or you can fit larger items such as a piano, table, television, couch, etc.
A 20x20 storage unit is much larger than it sounds. With a unit this large, you should be able to fit almost anything you need to store, unless you plan to store the contents of an entire larger house, then you may need some more space.
There are all sorts of length and width combinations, so it’s up to you to decide which will be best. You also may be constrained by what is available at the storage facility you’ve chosen. Unit size availability may even help determine which storage facility you choose. As long as you think through what you plan to store and try your best to get the appropriate size, you should be fine.
And if you end up storing more than you were planning, you can add a second, smaller storage unit to your bill. Or you can move everything to a larger unit. This is up to you and the price.
Safe Storage USA
2440 Wisconsin St
Sturtevant, WI 53177
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