Long Term VS Short Term Storage

If you're looking to store your belongings for an extended period, you need to consider the different types of storage. There are two types, short-term and long-term. Storage container rentals are famous options for both types of storage as they offer adequate security for your items.  

What's the Difference? 

The main difference between short-term and long-term is the time frame. Therefore, it's important to consider your needs before deciding on short-term or long-term storage. Read below to learn more about each type of storage, including what you should ask for and expect when renting for the kinds of storage for your needs. 

Short-Term Rentals 

This type of storage is ideal if you're moving soon, are not sure where exactly you want to move, or keep your items while your home remodeling project finishes up. You can rent a storage unit for a short period and then move it when it's convenient for you. The short-term rental period is usually around one year but typically ranges from 1-60 days.  

Storage units come in different sizes, so you can choose what size is best for your needs. The size of the unit you rent depends solely on the number of items you are storing. The longer you plan to keep your belongings in storage, the bigger the unit you should get. For example, if your items will stay in storage for more than a year, consider renting a 6x12 unit. This gives you ample space to store items such as boxes, furniture, and mattresses. 

The downside to short-term storage is that you will have to sign a contract for a certain period before moving your belongings into the unit. Therefore, you should make sure the contract has all of the terms and conditions in writing, knowing precisely what your obligations are at all times. It's also important to keep track of the time and cost of renting the unit so you can make a realistic budget concerning the items you want to be stored in your unit. 

Long-Term Rentals 

On the other hand, if you know you will be keeping your items in storage for more than a year, consider getting a long-term rental unit. This is ideal for people who want to get rid of household items they no longer need or take time to sell their belongings. It's also perfect for moving and planning on storing their belongings while finding a new home and arranging the move. 

The main benefit of long-term storage is cost. You can rent the unit for as long as you want at a lower price than short-term storage. Typically, the longer you rent the unit, the cheaper it will be. For example, if you sign a contract for 5 years instead of 1 year in a short-term rental facility, your monthly rates could reduce by up to 60%. 

It's important to choose a unit that offers climate control and an insurance policy. The former is important because it protects your belongings against natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, or hurricanes. The insurance policy offered by the unit you rent should also cover your belongings. It's important to read the contract carefully and ask for clarification on any terms and conditions before signing a contract with a storage unit rental company. 

Why You Should Always Read the Contract Before Renting a Storage Container

If you're like most people, you probably don't get much time to read the terms and conditions before signing your rental agreement. However, this might be hazardous to your personal property! You should always read the contract before renting a storage container and know what you agree to. Most people don't realize that if you don't carefully read the contract and know what you are getting into before renting a storage container, you could pay for any damage or destruction to the storage container. Many companies also charge additional fees for their containers being dirty or unused. If your belongings are not in the same condition as when they were placed in the storage unit, you will have to pay a removal fee.

For example, if you have many belongings there and the company can't fit all your belongings into the storage unit, they might charge you a fee for cleaning out the extra space. Again, this is something that you have to read carefully because if you don't clear enough space for their packing materials or their employees, they could charge you a fee.

Secure Your Storage Space 

Overall, both short-term and long-term storage are affordable options for storing your belongings in secure containers that you can rent by the hour or month. However, both options offer benefits and drawbacks, so you need to do your research before choosing the type of storage that's best for your needs. It's also imperative that you understand your rental agreement for any storage container you're considering. For all your storage container rental needs, get in touch with us at Fripp Warehousing to find the best deals for your items.