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If you're thinking of moving away temporarily or simply need to move to a smaller home, then self-storage is an opportunity for you to hold onto your household items without being forced to get rid of them. But if you're looking to keep your costs down, some sharp tricks will help you put the dollars back in your pocket when you choose storage units.
Get Out Of The City And Opt For Independent Outer-City Storage Units
Self-storage units in CBD-proximate premises tend to be more expensive because of the high cost of real estate. This can really dent your wallet over the long run. So, consider opting for independent storage units outside city limits because they can end up being cheaper for you to manage over a period. City storage units also tend to be smaller because space is a big issue, which means that you'll end up paying more for less space. Choosing independent self-storage units will also be 25 percent cheaper than major chains, saving you from thinning your wallet.
Establish The Frequency Of Your Visits To The Unit
Consider how often you plan to access the self-storage unit. For instance, if you need to pick up items from the unit frequently, then travelling to an outer city self-storage unit will prove to be expensive in the long run. For instance, if you live and travel to a storage unit that is just 0 to 10 km away from you in Sydney, you will end up paying $3.38 for public transport during peak hours. If you travel between 35 and 65 km away to a storage unit, you will end up paying $6.46 for peak travel. This nearly doubled fare can really add to your costs in the long run. Outer-city storage units make the most sense when you don't need to access them often because of their lower costs. So, placing something between 35 and 65 km away will not matter if you need to access the unit just to load and unload.
Choose A Unit Offering Fire-Damage Insurance If You Live In A Bushfire Risk Area
Bush fires are regular sights in many parts of Australia. Some self-storage units offer insurance for stored contents based on a perceived valuation of your stored goods, while others offer low liability coverage that cover just a small portion. If you live in a bushfire-prone area, this is an important factor because fire damage can end up costing you a fortune if you lose all your items without any compensation. It may be worth paying the little extra for insurance to save your wallet from destruction, especially in high fire danger areas.
Follow these sharp tricks to cherry-pick self storage units on a skintight budget.