Local Storage Units For Rent Make Downsizing Easier

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Often heralded as the greatest generation, Baby Boomers are no doubt one of the largest. Boomers are retiring in droves, and as they become empty nesters the generation that built itself on home ownership is turning to renting.

Along with the desire to rent high-end apartments, Baby Boomers are looking for local storage units for rent. Choosing a storage unit is similar to selecting an apartment, so follow the same rules.

1. Size

How much space do you need? If you’re storing seasonally, you’ll want to make a corridor down the middle so you can grab those snow skis without climbing over boxes. If you travel a lot, you can do with a smaller unit because you won’t be accessing your things often. Our online sizing guides and our store managers will help you find the right space.

2. Accessibility

If you haven't moved in a while, remember to make your move as easy as you can. Rent a unit next to the elevator or or a drive up unit. Your back will appreciate fewer steps!

3. The Right Lock

We recommend disk locks. They’re armored and almost impossible to use bolt cutters on them, but they are still easy to unlock and reuse.

4. Climate Control

Everything is better stored in a climate controlled space, with the exception of things you would normally store in a garage. Damage doesn’t come from the temperature as much as the changes in temperature. As things freeze, they shrink and when they thaw, they swell which is particularly hard on electronics and furniture joints.

Key Questions to Ask Your Facility Before You Sign A Contract

• Are my goods insured if there’s a loss? Check to see if your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy covers off-site storage. StorageMart requires proof of insurance or that our tenants opt-in to our Premium Lease option, which covers loss in some instances.

• What are the access hours? Some facilities have limited hours, while others are available 24/7. If you need round-the-clock access, make sure it’s in the lease.

• How do fees work? What are the late fees, and how can you pay your bill?

• Who can access my unit? Make sure to authorize a family member who can access your unit in case of emergency.

Self storage is easy at StorageMart. Visit a unit and talk to the site manager to enjoy peace of mind while you enjoy your golden years.

About Heather Gerling

Heather is the SEO Manager at StorageMart, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with honors from Lincoln University. She strongly believes you should never leave home without a book, and admits to having a coffee addiction.

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