Advantages of Renting a Self-Storage Unit

There are times in most people’s lives where they find themselves with a surplus of things and a deficit of space. Perhaps you’ve just moved homes and the furniture you owned no longer fits or you’ve purchased some a new living room suite to match the space; maybe you rather suddenly acquired a parent’s or relative’s belongings; maybe your growing family means that the house feels like it’s bursting at the seams.


So, what is a person to do with all these things?

One of the most effective and convenient ways to deal with an excess of stuff, whether it’s Christmas decorations, winter gear, summer toys, or spare furniture, is to rent a self storage unit.

If you are considering renting a self storage unit but are not sure if it’s the choice for you, read on for a list of reasons why people turn to this solution, and are happy they did.


Most self storage units rank keeping your things safe a high priority. Therefore, at most facilities, you will normally find a sign in, sign out system, brightly lit hallways, and a 24 hour surveillance system; some will issue heavy duty padlocks as well. Self storage facilities make it as difficult as possible to sneak in and cause trouble. In fact, renting a self storage unit is usually a safer option than a storage shed in the back yard or even keeping things in a garage.

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Self storage units are protected from the elements and are usually even temperature controlled. This means that no flooding, storm damage or wear and tear from changes in the seasons will affect your things. This is especially important if you are storing items like antique furniture or valuables that could expand and contract when the weather warms and cools. If you live in a city like Vancouver where mould and mildew are a concern, a storage unit can help you rest assured that your things will be in good condition no matter how long you leave them there.


If you have outgrown your current space, renting a self storage unit will likely cost less than packing up and moving to a larger home. And you might only need the extra space for a short amount of time until you figure out how to sell or get rid of the things you’re storing so the long term cost is not too much of a burden. Alternatively, many self storage unit facilities offer discounted prices the longer you stay so either way, you are saving money if the other option is to move.


Once you’ve rented a self storage unit and have loaded your things into it, you can visit it any time you need, and until then, all of that clutter that was driving you crazy is now out of sight, out of mind. If you are storing seasonal things, you can visit the storage unit as the change of season approaches and swap out your lawn mower for your snow blower, for example. And in the meantime, you can enjoy all the convenient, empty space you created.


Of course, the biggest advantage to renting a self storage unit is that you will no longer have to get frustrated with the lack of space in your home. There’s the saying that goes, “cluttered home, cluttered mind.” Some people are natural pack rats but it’s often the case that too much disorganized stuff in your home is simply distracting, making it difficult to concentrate and focus on anything else.

A self storage unit is a great solution for many scenarios. Especially as people are turning to smaller, more simplistic living spaces, there is a need to store personal belongings and valuables in a place that is convenient, cost effective, safe and where you can rest assured that your things will be protected.

If you are looking to rent a self-storage unit in New Westminster or Delta, Annacis Lockup offers a wide array of sizes that will be able to store any of your precious belongings. If you are considering renting a self storage unit, contact us and we can help you find the space you are looking for.