There are lots of times when movers need a little extra space to stash their stuff. Sometimes it's because of downsizing to a smaller place, sometimes it's due to a temporary move and other times it's the result of a gap in time between places. That's where self storage spaces come in. Learn more about self storage here.
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Types of Self-Storage Services
Self storage (sometimes referred to as mini storage) facilities provide movers with a secure shed or warehouse space in which the mover can store their personal belongings on an ongoing basis. The cost for each space is determined by the location and size of the unit. The most modern self storage spaces feature 24-hour on-site management, climate controlled rooms, drive-in access and amenities that rival some nice apartments. (But don't try to live in one. There's no bathroom or shower!)
Units are typically rented on a monthly basis, although shorter terms and the ability to terminate the contract at any time can be negotiated fairly easily. The renter is typically responsible for securing the individual unit with their own lock.
According to the Self Storage Association there are over 59,000 self/mini storage facilities in the U.S. Some of the largest self storage operators include:
Shurgard Storage Centers
Sovran Self Storage
Extra Space Storage
Derrel's Mini Storage
A-American Storage Management
Private Mini Storage
A recent innovation in the self storage industry is the growth of mobile storage units for consumers. With this service, the storage company delivers a personal storage unit to your home and you fill it with the things you need to store. They will then come pick it up and keep it at a secure location. Later, the company will deliver it to your new place.
A few of the companies that provide mobile storage containers in most markets are:
Store to Door
myway Mobile Storage
HotPads Housing Search