Self Storage for Downsizing: 3 Questions to Ask

You sure are sick of cutting the lawn. And the thought of spending less money on taxes and home repairs sounds good, too.

In fact, the only aspect of downsizing that really sounds hard is the actual move. You may have raised a family in your home. You have rooms full of memories. Closets full of things you can’t begin to think of throwing away.

That’s exactly why the self storage industry has been booming. It allows you to make your move—without all those gut-wrenching decisions.

Using Self Storage for Downsizing a Home

There’s a wrong way and a right way to go about the process—and there will still be effort involved.

What you don’t want to do? Simply pack everything in boxes and pay $2,000 a month to store it all. That would be what they call missing the point of downsizing.

You’ll still want to go through things. If you have 10 boxes full of school papers that you saved from your children’s school days, narrow them down to one box. All those swimming trophies Janie won? Put them in a box and give them to her.

How to Choose a Storage Unit

Just like anything, not all storage units offer the same level of quality. You’re storing heirlooms, seasonal items and maybe antiques—not firewood or car parts. With that in mind, here are three questions to ask:

• Do you offer climate-controlled storage? This is especially critical for things like vinyl albums or old letters or books.
• Do you have a covered loading bay? If you’re going to be going there somewhat frequently, the last thing you want is to get rained on.
• Is your facility single-story? You didn’t want a two-story home anymore. The last thing you need is to be climbing up steps to get to your storage unit.

Self Storage Units Close to Home

Self storage units can take the sting out of downsizing—but only if you find one that works for you. At StorageMart, we offer clean, well-lit storage units in a variety of sizes—all of which can be rented on a month-to-month basis. Check out our storage unit guide or rent a unit online today.