- Do I need all this stuff?
- If I got rid of some of this stuff, would I really miss them?
- When was the last time I used it? (If you can’t answer this, you should probably chuck it!)
- Does it have any sentimental or monetary value? Will this value increase with time?
The next question is what are you storing? Items such as wine, boats and vehicles all require special storage. Or if you’re storing valuable papers, you may want to ask about Heated and dry storage. Heated storage does cost more but will prevent temperature changes from damaging your belongings. So, determine which items will be stored, take inventory, make a list and have this information ready when you start calling storage companies.
Now that you know how much and what kind of stuff you’ll have to store, you need to determine the size of storage unit you will require. The information provided in this chart is pretty standard for most companies, although most companies can accommodate what you need by rearranging moveable walls.
- 5 x 5 = Small items, boxes, sports gear
- 5 x 10 = Small 1 bedroom apartment or motorcycle and gear
- 10 x 10 = 1 bedroom home
- 10 x 15 = 2-3 bedroom home
- 10 x 20 = 3-4 bedroom home
- 10 x 30 = 5 bedroom home