One industry in the US that has continuously grown since it began in the 1960s is the self-storage industry. The nature of the self-storage, also known as mini-storage, business is provide individuals, families and business firms the extra space they need practically for anything they need to store safely. There are more than 50,000 self-storage facilities in the US, most of these located in the Sun Belt states, like, Florida, California and Texas, where houses, especially the newly-built ones, are designed without either an attic or a basement, the usual spaces where people can keep old things that they still hold valuable or just cannot throw away.
Since 2004, the average size of houses in America has become bigger, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. Obviously, though, the increase in space, from 1,660 square feet to 2,400 square feet, is still not enough to house everything that people buy.
Consumerism in America is on an upsurge, meaning that people are increasingly buying a lot of new stuff. Its obvious result is one in every ten families having the need to rent a space, particularly a self-storage, where old things, furniture and appliances go to give room for newly bought ones.
While the idea of renting a self-storage may be a very remote idea to others, those who are currently leasing one know that having a self-storage space can really be beneficial, especially if you:
- Want to enjoy the freedom of being able to rotate your furnishings regularly
- Intend to move to a new residence
- Want or need to reduce some of your furnishings for more excellent showing
- Lack space for old things, like old toys or mom’s and pop’s favorites, but just cannot throw these out
Rather than worry, self-storage facilities give assurance of your belongings being safe and accessible to you 24/7. Some Austin self storage facilities also guarantee drive up access, personal access codes, security cameras, a fully-fenced property, climate controlled and drive-up units, and a resident manager, who is always ready to answer questions and provide assistance. Furthermore, this storage facility has small units for those intending to store only boxed and other “not-so-big” items, as well as big units where one can keep furnishings from an entire home.
Most self-storage facilities lease spaces on a month-to-month basis which, of course, is renewable. Besides being affordable, payment can also be cash, with a personal check or through a credit card.