Posted by On 01-02-2021

7 Reasons You Need a Storage Unit Close to Home

7 Reasons You Need a Storage Unit Close to Home

You might have noticed that self-storage units are popping up all over the place, maybe even around where you live. But you might be left scratching your head and wondering, why? Is there such a great demand for these self-storage facilities? Why do people use them?

Today, we will answer these questions and more. Keep on reading to find out why you need a storage unit close to home.

1. Extra storage space during a move

Self-storage units have become a popular way for homeowners to store their things, especially if they are in the process of moving or downsizing their homes. Moving can be a stressful process, but there are many reasons why renting a storage unit could help you alleviate that stress.

For example, if you are downsizing your home, you can put any excess items into a storage unit to give yourself more time to figure things out. This can help if you will be moving quickly to your new home or on a tight schedule.

A storage unit near your home can also help you if you plan on staging your home to sell it. You can move any items to your storage unit that don’t match your decor when trying to get your home ready for a real estate showing.

2. Quick access to storage

One significant benefit of keeping a storage unit close to your home would be that you can access your things quickly. The further away it is from your home, the more inconvenient it is to get to your stuff.

You can reduce your driving time by having your storage unit close to your home or workplace. If you plan to need access to your things frequently, then you should invest in one nearby.

3. During a home renovation

If you are planning a large-scale home renovation, then a storage unit can be your best friend.
Let’s say you have decided to build an addition onto your home; this means you’d have to remove all the furniture on that floor so you can tear away a few walls. Where are you planning to keep all that furniture?

It is awful to have to live in a cluttered space during renovations. The easy solution is to rent a storage unit close to home. A storage unit will allow you to empty your room during your renovation. As well as keep your things in a safe spot where they won’t get damaged or dusty.

4. Small business storage

Do you run a small business from home? You can quickly declutter your house and organize your business inventory with a storage unit near your home. Many small business owners find that their business has taken over their homes and find storage units are an affordable way to sort and keep track of their inventory outside the home.

Some examples of businesses that can run their small business out of a storage unit include:

  • Contractors
  • Landscaping companies
  • Artists and galleries
  • Online businesses/e-commerce businesses
  • Vacation rental companies
  • eBay, Etsy, or Amazon sellers and resellers

You can also fit shelving units into most mid-sized storage units, so keeping your business inventory and documents organized can be a breeze. Most rental storage facilities also have boxes available for purchase.

5. Protecting off-season items

If you live in Canada or any other place that experiences all four seasons, you’ll most likely have different hobbies during each of them. For example, you might enjoy gardening, jet-skiing, rollerblading or other various sports in the summer. In the winter, you might like skiing, snowboarding or ice skating.

That means there is probably a lot of clutter in your garage when you are trying to keep off-season items out of the way of your daily life. Renting a storage unit can help you keep your off-season items and hobbies in a safe place and reduce the clutter in your garage or attic.

6. Safe storage while travelling

These days, it’s easy for people to spend more time travelling (when the pandemic is under control) as more work moves online. If you’re a frequent traveller or want to go on a long trip in the future, a self-storage unit can keep your belongings safe and secure while you’re on your journey. You should consider investing in a storage unit to keep the items you won’t need for your travels.

A self-storage unit can provide you with your valuables’ space and security until you come back home. Speak with your storage rental provider and try to negotiate a contract to store your items for a specific length of time.

7. Growing your family

Having a baby will bring significant change into your life and add to the hustle and bustle while you get everything prepared for your new bundle of joy. You might need to transform one of your spare rooms (especially if you live in a condominium) into a baby room. This is where a storage unit can help you.

Store your unneeded furniture into your storage and out of the way until you need it again. You might find you need the furniture as the years go by and your child grows up, such as cabinets or a bed frame and mattress.

Whether you’re interested in long-term or short-term storage, or a small or large unit, you’ll have plenty of options with your local self-storage facility. We hope that these reasons gave you an idea of how a self-storage unit can benefit you and your family.

Choosing a Self-Storage Facility

Choose the location of your self-storage facility with some care. Always evaluate your needs and do your research before making a decision. Sorting details out early will help save time when selecting the appropriate storage option for your needs.

For more information about self-storage units in North York or elsewhere in the GTA, call Abacus Self Storage at 905-763-8600 or contact us here.


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Learn More About Abacus Self Storage in the Greater Toronto Area!

What is the price, and are there any promotions?

Our affordable prices are always set to deliver great value. Further, we regularly run promotions to give our customers the best deals on self-storage.

What should I do if my administrative/personal information has changed?
If your contact information (phone, email, address) changes, please let us know as soon as possible. If you are moving, be sure to change address for utilities, telephones, etc. Organize a checklist related to your move. The post office has special forms for address changes.
What do I need to do if I want to vacate my unit?
Give 1 week notice when the unit is being vacated.
Do I need reservations on a storage unit?
Inquire about advance reservations, to help ensure that a properly sized storage unit will be available when you need it. At Abacus, we do not charge for making advance reservations.
What should I be aware of when renting a storage unit?
Take time to review the storage agreement, as it is your protection while in storage.