A self-storage units are a wonderful and convenient way of keeping the precious things you don’t have room for at home safe. However, you may not have enough items to fill up a unit. At least enough to justify the cost. In this case, sharing a storage unit, and the cost, with a friend is a possible solution. Still, like having a roommate, there are some things you need to take into account. Just to be sure the sharing process goes smoothly.
Researching the Best Storage Solution
If you plan to share a storage unit with a friend, it is crucial for you and your friend to determine how many things each of you needs to store. How much space each of you needs for those items. This will guarantee you are choosing the right sized self-storage unit. And are neither renting a unit that is too small. Nor paying more rent than you need to for a unit that is larger than you require. To calculate this, you and your friend will have to decide what items you are planning on storing and the volume of the items. Be as precise as possible, using a height x width x depth formula to determine the total area needed.
You must also decide how the rent will be shared. Splitting the rent equally make sense if you will both be sharing the space equally. However, if one of you just has a few boxes and the other has a motorcycle, camping gear and SCUBA equipment. The person using the most space should probably pay a higher percentage of the rent.
Finally, to find the best deal on a storage unit, take your time and call around to all the storage facilities in your immediate area. Inquire what the cost is for the size unit you need at each facility. Don’t fall into the trap of being willing to drive an extra five to 10 miles to save $5 a month on rent. You may save a few dollars if you only visit your unit once every couple of months. But if you will be making regular trips to your shed any savings will be eaten up on fuel and travel time.
Respecting Each Other
While sharing a storage unit with a friend obviously doesn’t require the same level of tolerance as having a roommate. You must both respect each others portion on the storage unit as well as the other’s belongings. Sharing a storage unit will require tolerance and communication from both sides. When sharing a storage unit with a friend, bear in mind that you and your friend both have a preconceived idea of what you want your unit to be like.
Maybe one of you has a vision of a clean and neatly-arranged storage unit with shelves and hooks on the ceiling to keep everything its proper place and the other couldn’t care less about order. This will become a huge problem down the road if you don’t talk about it upfront. Lack of communication, and a willingness to compromise, can be even more of a problem if more than two people are sharing a unit.
Talk it Through
Sit down and sketch out a diagram on where everything will be stored. Try to arrange things so the belongings of one do not get in the way of the other any more than absolutely necessary. Again, this is even more important if more than two are sharing a unit. Once you have the space worked out and your belongings stored in the unit, let your storage roomy use their part of the space as they see fit. There is no need to interfere with how your friend keeps their things. Provided the unit is kept clean and you are able to reach your belongings.
Identifying Security Issues
It is important to identify any potential security problems when looking for a storage facility. As theft can be a big problem at non-secured facilities, it is important to rent a unit that has at least the basic security features of a fence and gate. Ideally, a well-secured facility will have the following security measures in place:
- A fence with a gated entry that is locked during non-business hours. Ideally, access will be controlled with a PIN pad that will grant tenets 24-hour access. If the facility has hours the gate is closed, you must consider if the hours the gate is open will be convenient for you and your friend.
- A surveillance camera system that has full coverage of the facility.
- Proper fire-control procedures.
Create a Policy for Key Holders
You will want to make certain that only the people who have access to keys are the people you are sharing the unit with. The best way to accomplish this is to make a list of everyone who has a right to have a key and get your friend(s) to stick to it. This really should be a contingency for sharing a unit. This way, if things magically begin to disappear, you will know who to ask questions of.
Solving the Rental-Agreement Challenge
Of course, sharing a place for your treasured belongings with a friend does require a bit of trust. Even though you and your friend are sharing the storage unit, typically only one person will be listed on the rental agreement. When deciding who will have this dubious honor, understand the situation. Even though the two of you will be splitting the costs, the person named on the agreement is the party who is legally responsible for making the rental payments. This means keeping track of the rental due date will be the responsibility of the person named in the contract.
Irrespective of whose name is on the rental agreement, this doesn’t prevent you from having your own personal contract with your friend. Everyone who will be sharing in the financial cost of the storage unit should agree to their share of the unit’s rent in writing. If one of you will need more space, structure your agreemnt accordingly. That person will accordingly pay a higher percentage of the rent. Spell it out in the personal agreement. Conversations about financial responsibilities can be a bit awkward. You will be saving yourself a lot of headache in the long run. Should something unpleasant happens down the road.
Storage facilities will not insure their tenets belongings. Check to see if your homeowners or rental policy will cover the items you store off premise. If not, check with the facility to see if they have an insurance provider. If neither of those options are viable, consider splitting the cost of a separate policy with your friend.
There are risks associated with moving everything into storage. Your possessions may become a reality star in storage unit auctions reality TV! One way to avoid any of this is pay your rent on-time. Regardless if you are using the mobile units from Box-n-Go Storage or any other company.
We hope the above advise will help you in your endeavor. Using mobile units helps move your belongings without all shuttling back and forth is. It is the easiest and the most convenient way to move and store. Should you need help with reservations, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Box-n-Go at 1-877-269-6461.