Condo owners and apartment renters can reap many benefits of living in small, exclusive communities. Swimming pools, exercise facilities, playgrounds and more are frequently nice perks that come with monthly rents and condo fees.
However, apartments, condos and even townhomes are often not equipped with adequate closet and/or storage space to keep seasonal clothing, decorations, extra furniture and other items that are not used on a daily basis. As a result, residences can become easily cluttered or unorganized.
Apartment Storage vs. Self Storage
In lieu of selling or throwing away valuable items due to lack of space, apartment and condo owners can consider working with a self-storage facility to store their valuables for both short-term and extended time periods.
Those with a lack of closet or storage space should consider the following factors:
- Storage Costs – Many apartment or condo complexes charge a hefty monthly fee for onsite storage closets or units. Compare their costs to that of a self-storage facility. You might be surprised to find that a storage facility’s costs are much less.
- Space Requirements – Many communities offer a standard storage unit. If you require a larger or smaller space, consider looking outside of your residence where storage units can be selected at a size that meets your specific needs.
- Climate Control – Even if your community offers storage units for a reasonable price, consider the type of items you’re storing. If you are storing clothing, electronics, furniture or documents, which can be impacted by environmental conditions, consider a climate-controlled unit at a self-storage facility to maintain the quality of your belongings.
Additional Storage Considerations
Young professionals, especially, often require extensive space to store both business and casual clothing. When an apartment or condo lacks the closet space, renting a small climate-controlled storage unit can act as an extra, year-round walk-in closet.
In addition, apartment and condominium complexes sometimes restrict the use of motorcycles or other specialty vehicles on the premises due to noise or size. Self-storage facilities can offer both outdoor vehicle storage as well as indoor heated storage for this purpose, with convenient access at the times you want to ride.
Whether you are a new apartment renter, or an established condo owner, lack of closet or storage space is a common issue. Fortunately, modern self storage can accommodate a wide variety of needs, items and budgets, and can help to make your residence more organized and spacious.
Are you an apartment renter or condo owner that uses offsite self storage? How has your decision impacted the organization of your residence? Would you recommend self storage to other apartment or condo tenants? Tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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