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Do You Need a Storage Unit?

Johnson City Man Moving Boxes into a Storage UnitIf your stuff seems to be outgrowing your Johnson City rental home, you may be wondering if you need to rent a storage unit. Yet, before you sign a contract, you should carefully consider your situation. Is a storage unit really vital? Or do you have any other solution to manage your belongings? To help you solve this issue, we will tackle some of the reasons why you might – or might not – need a storage unit.

Too Much Stuff

One of the top explanations people rent a storage unit is that they have too much stuff. Typically, this happens when downsizing to a smaller home, when moving, or when between homes. A few collectors don’t have space for their collections, and those who have inherited items they don’t need or are not currently using.

However, having too much stuff isn’t essentially a valid reason to rent a storage unit. This is certainly true if you analyze the amount you’ll spend on the monthly rent than the value of the items you need to hold. To give an instance, paying an extra $100 a month on a storage unit means those things will cost you $1,200 a year to own and not utilize. Before renting a storage unit, it is a good idea to determine why you want to keep the things you plan to store and, preferably, discover other alternatives to a storage unit.

Storing Valuables

One factor that can significantly change the equation on value and storage is if you have valuable items you want to keep but don’t have space for them in your house for one reason or another. Obviously, if you possess high-end valuables, be sure to opt for climate-controlled storage. Items like artwork, musical instruments, antiques, photos, and electronics can be damaged by heat or cold and should never be located in an outdoor storage situation.

Creative Alternatives

If you have things you want or need to keep, but don’t think it’s worth the cost of a storage unit, think of another, more creative way to keep your stuff – or not. On several occasions, owning too much stuff is the result of being unwilling to let things go, even things you will likely never use. If you can overcome your attachment to these things, you might be able to sell or give them away as an alternative.

In contrast, if you have valuables you can’t get rid of but don’t essentially require a storage unit to keep it, think about asking a friend to keep or store it for you until you have the spot ready for it. A friend or family member with an empty spare room could use that antique furniture, piano, or framed artwork you don’t currently need but want to preserve. Otherwise, get creative with the spaces in your own home to make room for your stuff. Underneath staircases, attics, and garage shelving can all give usable storage space and let you retain some of your cherished belongings.


Even though there are some occasions where a storage unit may be needed, most of the time, there are other and less expensive ways to deal with having more stuff than we need. At the end of the day, the decision is up to you! Yet, if you think that a bigger rental home would give you not only more living space but more storage space as well, give Real Property Management Highlanda call! You can browse our listings and apply online when you find one that catches your eye.

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