Childproofing Your Home And Garden
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Childproofing Your Home And Garden

When my first child had an accident at home, I realised we hadn't childproofed the house as well as we could have. Thankfully, they were fine, but I learned my lesson and began a thorough inspection of my home and garden. I got to work addressing the various hazards we had overlooked, and I started this blog to help other parents think objectively about the hazards in their own homes. I post about a variety of topics, such as pool safety, choosing a safe garden fence, storing medication and cleaning products, window and door locks and kitchen safety for kids. I hope you find my blog useful and informative.


Childproofing Your Home And Garden

How to Use a Self-storage Unit to Downsize & Save Money at Home or the Office

Ana Gonzales

A self-storage unit can be a very useful option for many people, both for personal and commercial use. Not only can it get things out from underfoot, but it can actually save you money overall if you use such a unit to downsize your space. If you've never thought about a self-storage unit and the benefits it can offer, consider how renting such a unit can actually save you money at home and at the office by allowing you to downsize.

1. Downsizing your home or apartment

It's not unusual for homeowners to want to downsize to a smaller house or move into a cheaper apartment or condo, but then avoid doing this because they have so much "stuff." They need their basement or large garage to hold their sporting goods and equipment, holiday decorations, family heirlooms, off-season clothing, and so on.

Renting a self-storage unit can actually save you money as it means having these things available to you while not having to pay such a large mortgage or rental price for your home. You can downsize to a smaller home or move from a house to an apartment without having to give up any of your items. The cost of renting a self-storage unit is usually much cheaper than the mortgage or rent on a large home that's needed to store all those extra things you might own.

This is something especially for retirees to consider, as they may have a lifetime of things they've accumulated but don't need a large house for the children any longer. Using a self-storage unit can allow them to move into a retirement complex or small apartment with less maintenance and less overall cost.

2. Downsizing the office space

Many companies today are saving money on their office space since they can typically store records electronically rather than keeping hard copies, but this doesn't apply to all types of business. Accountants and lawyers often need to keep paper records for several years, and these can take up quite a bit of space in an office. However, the cost of a self-storage unit can often be less than the cost of a large office, since the office rent includes the cost of utilities, landscaping, parking lot maintenance, and so forth.

Note the cost of a self-storage unit if you were to put your paperwork and other items in protective bins and stack them in such a unit, versus the cost of the office space needed to store your paperwork. You may see that you could save quite a bit on your rental cost every month by downsizing your office and renting a self-storage unit for the paperwork you need to keep.

For more information on rental rates and advantages, talk to various storage options such as Superior Self Storage.