Storage Unit Vs. Garage Storage: Which is Better?

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Although a lot of homeowners rely on their garage to store their belongings, it might not actually be the most effective solution. If you’re trying to decide between garage storage and a self-storage unit, these considerations might help you make your final choice.

Garage Storage

For many Americans, the garage becomes the go-to storage spot. While it’s certainly convenient, it can have drastic effects on the functionality of your home. In fact, 25% of U.S. households with two-car garages don’t even have room to park one car inside, while 32% of homes with two-car garages have room for only one car. That means you’ll have a lot of wasted space and won’t be getting as much out of your home as you could. It may seem cost-effective at first, but you’ll end up paying for garage storage in other ways. Not only will you not be able to protect your vehicles from the elements, but cluttered garages can also have a negative impact on your home’s value, may present safety hazards, and can even cause emotional stress within your family unit.

Having available access to the area in which you store your belongings might seem like a perk, but it usually means there’s a lack of security. If someone manages to break into this area (which might not be all that difficult), you could easily have your personal items stolen. The criminal in question might even be able to get inside your home itself — all because you relied on your garage for storage. And because your garage isn’t climate controlled, you might be taking a big risk with the integrity of your belongings. Although maintaining a consistent temperature may not matter for certain items, it can have a huge impact on others. That could limit what you’re able to safely store in this space and present a big challenge when you’re in the process of decluttering your home.

Self-Storage Unit

When you rent a storage unit, you will have to pay for this service — whereas the cost of your garage is already factored into your monthly mortgage payments. That added cost can be a drawback for some people, but keep in mind that renting a storage space is probably more affordable than you’d think. Those costs become even more reasonable when you realize that choosing to store your belongings in a garage make them vulnerable to damage or theft and can bring down the value of your entire property.

A big perk of opting to store your stuff in an off-site unit is the security and consistency it provides. You’ll benefit from constant monitoring and increased security measures to ensure no one could possibly break in. That can provide valuable peace of mind and allow you to safeguard valuables in a way your garage simply can’t. Since self-storage units are climate controlled, you’ll be able to store your belongings there and know for sure that they won’t be exposed to the elements and become damaged while they aren’t being used.

Another big bonus of renting a storage unit? You can actually use your garage for its intended purpose and not be greeted by heaps of clutter every time you leave or arrive back home. That can make your property far more functional and keep your stress levels low — and who wouldn’t want that? Although it won’t be as easy as walking through a doorway, accessing your storage unit will be quite simple. Whenever you need to open your unit, chances are that you’ll be able to do so at your convenience.

If you’ve chosen to store your belongings in your garage, you’re really missing out on everything your home has to offer. You may even be damaging your personal items in the process or putting your family at risk for criminal activity (especially if your neighbors know you store valuables there!). But by renting a storage unit, you can clear out the clutter, make your home life easier, and feel secure in the knowledge that your items are… well, secure! For more information on how we can help you get organized and improve your storage situation, please contact us today.