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Choosing Between a Storage Shed and Storage Unit

Every home can use more space. Deciding between building your own storage shed and renting a storage unit can be a tricky choice for many homeowners. Each type of storage solution has its benefits as well as its drawbacks. Here is what you should consider when deciding between a storage shed and a storage unit.

Cost

The good news is that the cost of a storage shed is all up front. It can be a bigger initial investment, as it could cost a couple thousand dollars, but it depends on the length of time you will need storage. The average cost to rent a storage unit is $91.14 a month. You could store your items in a storage unit for 9 months at an average cost of $820.26. This varies by the size of the unit and the facility, but if you only need short-term storage it may be more cost-effective to rent a storage unit.

Security

Storage units have varying levels of security in the form of cameras, gates, locks, and more. Many facilities also have managers that live on site and conduct routine security patrols. With a storage shed on your property all security is up to you. You can add locks and connect it to your home security system.

Access

A major advantage to having a storage shed on your property is that you have access to your belongings at all times. For items like garden tools, sports equipment, and more having everything on site is great. Many storage facilities offer 24-hour access, but they are still off-site and you have to travel to access your belongings. You still have to maintain the shed, however. You have to paint it, make repairs, and such. With a storage unit, the storage company handles all this.

Pests

Part of the storage company’s responsibility is to spray for bugs and keep other pests out of its units. They often have a standing contract from pest-control companies to take care of these things, while your own storage shed leaves this as your responsibility.

After careful consideration of each of the criteria above, there are still other things to consider. Is the convenience of a climate-controlled unit something you need? What life-phase are you in? Everyone has a different opinion on what is “convenient”, so be sure to take the time to think it through. Everyone has different needs when it comes to storage, so it is important to consider all factors.

6 replies
  1. Eli Richardson
    Eli Richardson says:

    It really helped when you talked about the security benefits of renting a storage unit. My wife and I need to move for a few months to another state, so we decided renting our home while we’re gone would be a good idea. The only problem is that we need a place to keep our belongings safe, so we thought about renting a storage space. We had some doubts about renting one, but after reading your article, we’re definitely looking for a storage facility. Thanks for your tips about how a storage facility provides security systems.

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  2. Mia Evans
    Mia Evans says:

    I like that you pointed out that storage units have different levels of security such as cameras, gates, locks, and more. I guess it is best to rent a storage unit to ensure that my musical instruments will be safe from criminals. My house is being renovated that is why I need to store away important items that I need to protect from damages.

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  3. Millie Hue
    Millie Hue says:

    It’s great to know that there are varying levels of security in a storage unit facility such as cameras, gates, locks, and more. I hope that I can find the most secure company because I will be storing my musical instruments with them for a while. It’s because the house will be renovated that is why I need to keep them away to keep them safe from debris that can damage them.

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  4. Beverly Minyard
    Beverly Minyard says:

    I like that you mentioned that storage companies often hire pest control because it is their job to keep the pests out of your storage. My wife and I have a shed in our backyard that we use for gardening supplies. We have been thinking about cleaning it out to use for storage but there are so many bugs in there I think that a storage unit would be a better idea.

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  5. Tex Hooper
    Tex Hooper says:

    Great tip about getting a storage unit that has 24/hour access. That makes sense considering you may need to get something in the dead of night. I’ll have to move my shirts to a new unit.

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