North Americans are buying more stuff than ever before. With over 3000 self-storage facilities all over Canada, places to put that stuff are readily available. An estimated 1 of 10 households in Canada are already using self-storage to store extra stuff.
Although traditional self-storage units can be the only option for some customers, for most people it becomes a financial drain filled with stuff long forgotten about.
If you’re thinking about renting a storage unit or storage locker, think again. Here are 3 reasons why renting a traditional self-storage unit isn’t a good idea.
1) There’s no way to see what you have stored.
When you’re renting a traditional storage unit, you can’t see what you’ve stored unless you visit the unit. Sure, you’ve tried to make it as organized as possible by labelling your boxes neatly and making a list of the boxes in storage. But what did you put into that box labelled garage 6 months ago? Was it tools? Your extra kitchen appliances… or could those be in the kitchen box? And soon you’ll need the kids winter gear back too, better figure out which winter box that was stored in. Hopefully you thought ahead and put it at the top of the pile not the bottom, otherwise you’ll have to move stuff around and look through lots of boxes to see your stuff. StoFlyte tackles that issue by providing an online catalogue of everything you’ve stored. You can browse through your account to see pictures of exactly what you’ve stored, so nothing gets lost or forgetten.
2) Traditional storage units require a lot of work.
If you’re anything like me, you hate heavy lifting. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve strained some muscle trying to move some furniture or heavy boxes by myself. Not to mention going through your stuff, and visiting the unit over and over when you need something back. Luckily, smarter storage services like StoFlyte’s pick-up, take hard work out of storage or moving. Someone else can do the heavy lifting so you don’t have to.
3) Your stuff is susceptible to theft and damage.
If you’re ever renter a storage unit or locker before, you know that any one of the 100’s or 1000’s of other customers has access to the facility. Although some storage facilites are now high-tech and have upgraded locks, many are still using old lock systems that are easy to break into. Ontop of that, if you want to protect your belongings from damage you have to pay extra for a climate controlled unit. Not climate controlled units are vulnerable to damages caused by temperature changes like warping, water damage, expanding, mold, and the list goes on. When you store with a full-service storage provider like StoFlyte, you can be sure that your stuff is protected. The storage facility is not open to public, has 24/7 security, fire, and alarm monitoring, offers full value insurance, and is climate controlled. Which means you have peace of mind.
If you’re thinking about storage, skip the traditional self-storage and go with a smarter storage solution. With better protection for your valuable stuff, less work, and an easy way to keep track of your storage, you’ll be glad you did.
Check out the benefits of full-service storage here.