Almost everyone has used or knows someone who has used a storage unit. However, in addition to using your temporary storage facility to store obvious belongings like unused furniture and seasonal clothing, it can also be used for a variety of different items. Below are three ways that you can use your storage facility to free up space in your home and still be able to access them with very little notice.
#1-Store Your Expensive Grown-up Toys
You may have heard of people storing their classic car or recreational vehicle at a storage facility, especially if they live in an apartment complex with limited parking. However, motorcycles, ATV's and snowmobiles can also be stored in your new unit.
Since those items are smaller than cars and recreational vehicles, you can often choose a room that is temperature controlled. By doing so, the mechanical components of your motorcycle or ATV do not freeze up in the dead of winter, and your snowmobile does not take up valuable space at home during the summer.
It will be helpful to remember that it is your responsibility to keep the storage unit clean, so drip pans under your vehicles are often required.
#2-Store Your Electronics When You Go Out Of Town For Weeks
If you will be away from home for an extended period of time, you probably do not want to pay a higher electric bill to heat or cool your home, just to protect your big screen television or desktop computer. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid cooling and heating your home to the temperatures required by the manufacturers by renting a storage facility that offers climate control.
The increased energy cost of maintaining an acceptable temperature for your entire home for an extended period of time can easily be more than it is to rent an appropriate storage unit.
#3-Use It To Store Merchandise For Your Small Business
Recent statistics have established that more than half of all small businesses are home-based and of those, many involve sales. If the lack of space in your home has kept you from starting a small business, it is a good idea to consider renting a storage unit to hold your stock. Since there are so many different sizes of units available and climate-controlled, your stock will be safe and easily accessed.
It is also important to note that the Internal Revenue Service considers the cost of storing items related to your business to be tax-deductible. Although you should always check with your tax expert, it is very likely that you will be able to the write off the cost of your storage unit on your taxes.
For more information, contact U-Stor-It or a similar company.