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Mini Storage Until Rental Basics And Best Practices

by Virgil Hopkins

Mini storage unit rental helps you navigate smaller-scale stashing needs. They are perfect for holiday decor, off-season sporting equipment or seasonal tools. Units with more advanced features and amenities are also an acceptable option for the secure, long-term storage of archived items or collections you prefer to protect outside of the home. 

Mini storage options

A range of unit sizes fall under the heading of mini-storage. These units start with basic locker-size options and extend to spaces the size of a trunk and up to walk-in closet square footage. Unlike larger storage rentals, they are generally secured by either traditional doors or smaller swinging or retractable doors to maximize entry access when loading. Size ranges at dedicated storage facilities usually start at 2 by 2 feet and up, but specialty storage locations, such as those designed for travelers, may offer even smaller sizes. 

Rental terms

Leasing terms on mini storage are always dictated by individual rental companies. However, most storage rentals are available on a month-to-month basis or for annual rates. When you rent monthly, the rental fee may be higher than the monthly rate if an annual lease was selected. Always consider how long the unit will be used and your budget to secure the best overall price. 

Storage options

The smallest mini-storage units are designed for strategic storage of items outside the home, so they work really well for collections of like items. For example, summer lawn games can be stored in the winter, or skates, skis and hockey equipment stashed in the warm-weather months. When items like seasonal decor can easily fit into a smaller space, a mini unit is perfect to avoid the added costs of full storage when it isn't needed. 

For indoor units with climate control and enhanced security, mini spaces are a good option for archiving various items that need to be retained for a period of time but do not require regular access. They also help secure valuables or personal effects away from any roommates. Always ensure security includes both restricted access to the storage facility and keyholder-only access to your unit before storing anything with sensitive personal details, such as your social security number or financial account numbers, and still consider adding an extra layer of protection like storing the documents in a lock box within the unit. The same rules apply to securing any personal collections, such as baseball cards or books.