Self-storage may still be a foreign concept to many, and some may think little of going the extra mile of spending money to store their belongings elsewhere. Granted that cost is always an issue, but going through major life changes require a different use of space and self-storage can help optimise the space you have at home without forking out a lump sum. If you are considering to rent storage, you could start by looking at the stage of life you are in and ask yourself how much space you need.
These are several life stages in which you can benefit from self-storage:
1. Birth of new babies
Welcoming a new member to the family is always a blissful occasion, and part of raising your children well is to ensure that they have sufficient space to grow up in. While you are animatedly going about accumulating the baby’s necessities, space has to be cleared at home at the same time to make room for the child’s living area.
2. In between babies
When your child is older but you have plans to extend your family, you can clear their belongings and toys but keep them in storage facilities for your future children. This not only helps you save on buying new necessities but also maintain your home’s serenity.
3. Empty Nest
There comes a time when your children will grow up and pursue further education overseas or leave their parental home to live on their own. But rather than leaving their stuff untouched for years, you can clear them and make better use of the room for yourself or rent it out for income.
While looking for a new apartment, you can have your belongings stored at a storage facility.
Personal items may duplicate when each person already has a substantial collection of belongings. Nonetheless, you may not want to throw anything away and this could clutter the space at home.
6. When older parents move back in with their children
As with having new children, you also have to consider your home’s living conditions when your older parents move in to live with you. Besides making room for new furniture and their belongings, ensuring that your home is more “elder-friendly” is also important.
So how to go about seeking storage solutions?
First, figure out how long you will need to rent storage to help you get a good measure of the total cost of storage over that period and budget accordingly. Self-storage Singapore providers allow customers to rent a self-storage unit for as short as two weeks and as long as needed.
Specify a list of the type and number of items you want to store to your storage provider will help you get better accuracy of the amount of space you need. Storage facilities offer a range of units including standard storage lockers, air-conditioned/climate-controlled ones and specialty units for wine storage.
You may find it a hassle to retrieve your belongings from outside of home, but self-storage Singapore providers are located around the island to ensure fast and easy access. Extra Space has five locations in Singapore: Boon Keng Road, Marymount Road, Eunos Link, IMM Building and West Coast.
Finally, visit the self-storage facility and access the location for better assurance. This includes the security level, cleanliness, supply of trolleys (to move things around) and overall service level. You can also get guidance and advice on the space you need, the best way to store your items and get a better gauge of the costs by speaking to the customer service staff there.