Have you ever been in a situation where-in you had to vacate your house, but had a few more days until your new home was ready to occupy? I have been there and believe me, it was rather an embarrassing situation when I mis-calculated the dates and ended up having no shelter for my family.
Those are the days when one realizes the importance of Self Storage and how easy they have made for people in dire circumstances to make use of their space to dump all your belongings and thus be free from having to move around in a U-haul or a Penske rental truck, carrying around all your furniture and home luggage wherever you go.
Self Storage units are becoming more and more popular and they usually rent out a storage container on a monthly or yearly lease. The tenant is free to save his home goods or office records in the temporary storage area and the facility will be operated by lock and key. The only case when the facility can take possession of your storage unit is when you fail to pay the rent for a continuous period of time. Self storage businesses lease a variety of unit sizes to residential and business customer/tenants. Popular unit sizes include 10×5 (10 feet wide by 5 feet (1.5 m) deep) which is about the size of a large walk-in closet, 10×10 (the size of a child’s bedroom), 10×20 (one-car garage), 15×20 and 20×20 (two-car garage).
Self storage facility operators frequently provide 24-hour access, climate controlled storage, outdoor storage for RVs and boats, and lights or power outlets inside the storage unit as amenities to set themselves apart from competitors.
Self Storage Auctions
These self storage facilities hold auctions of items they have posessed due to failure to pay rent to dispose off the material and empty their unit spaces. These auctions are getting popular in the United States and they are usually open to general public with the highest bidder getting right to buy the product. The purchaser of a unit receives everything in it and is responsible for removing the contents within a given time frame, usually a day or two. In some jurisdictions, the storage facility is responsible for the contents of the unit until the auction is closed, and thus may confiscate controlled items (such as firearms) if they are immediately visible.
Self Storage units have actually become a necessity for businesses as well as individuals these days. I have found it particularly useful and inexpensive to save household stuff during a move. Have you ever used such a facility and how was your experience? There are more scientifically advanced storage units coming up these days for meeting specific needs of customers. I would love to hear more from your personal experiences, do share them by leaving a comment below. Thanks for reading.
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