Did you know that one in 11 Americans is currently renting a self-storage unit of some kind? The demand for such facilities has continued to increase over the years, with the industry seeing 7.7 percent annual growth since 2012, according to analysts at the market-research firm IBISWorld.
The bottom line: More and more people are needing a place to keep their extra stuff.
While it’s true that in many cases, it’s simply a matter of requiring an overflow space to store family possessions, the specific reasons for doing that can be more diverse than you may think. Plus overflow isn’t the only situation that can call for the services of a storage facility. In fact, over the next few blog posts, we’re going to share with you 10 reasons why renting a storage facility for the short or long term may be the solution you’re looking for.
1) To free up more space at home
This is the scenario we’ve already mentioned, and it is one of the more common uses that our customers have for our Sevierville storage units. Our homes have a finite amount of square footage, and unless someone turns to hoarding as a lifestyle (we don’t recommend that), there are times when the mass of our possessions is simply too much for our homes to accommodate. The easiest solution is to rent a storage unit to handle the overflow. For some folks who have difficulty parting ways with their stuff, storage may, in fact, be a long-term answer. For others who eventually do want to pare down their load, storage may just be a short-term solution to put in place until they go through a more permanent de-cluttering process.
2) Temporary overflow during the moving process
Moving from one dwelling to another comes with lots of challenges, and often a temporary need for additional space can arise as a result. If you’re downsizing into a smaller home, you may need a storage unit to hold your extra things until you get around to reducing the number of your possessions. Or if you’re getting ready to sell your home, a storage facility might be a good place to keep some items while you’re staging your house for potential buyers. Other scenarios: If there’s a gap between the move-out date from your old home and the closing date on your new home, you’ll need a place to keep your things until you can move into the new house; or if two families are consolidating households, they might need a storage unit to hold excess items until they can be dealt with.