Deciding on the size of a storage unit is not one of the most important decision you will make during your life. After all, the decision pales in comparison to whether you should donate a kidney to the person that set you up with your spouse. However, choosing the right size for a unit is important for two reasons.
First, if the unit is too small, you risk having to choose which of your items to leave behind for eager peddlers. Second, if the unit is too large, you are paying more for the unit that you need to pay.
Let’s learn about the art of selecting the correct sized unit.
Lose the Hoarding Instinct
Humans have three insatiable appetites: one for food, one for water, and one for hoarding. It is like hoarding is ingrained to each of our DNAs. To discover which of the units at a facility matches your needs, you have to choose which items you will donate to charity and which items truly need to be stored for future use.
Cramming is Not Just for Exams
How you put things in a unit goes a long way towards determining the size of the unit. If you plan to visit the unit only when the time comes to close the account, then cramming your stuff into a smaller unit works. However, it you need to retrieve things over the course of an extended period, then opting for a larger unit makes more sense.
Online Interactive Guides
Sure, facilities can help you find the right sized unit, but do they want to upsell you on a larger space just to generate more revenue? Online interactive size guides give you the tools to find the correct sized unit. The helpful guides also offer advice on how to pack your stuff, as well as recommend moving tips.
Use a Moving Truck as a Measuring Stick
Finding the right sized unit does not require you to be a master mathematician, but it does require you to learn one important equation. It is called the moving truck equation and it goes like this: The size of a moving truck is one size larger than the size of the unit you need to reserve. For example, if you are using a 25-foot moving truck, you can fit your possessions inside of a 10-foot by 20-foot unit.
Get a Visual
If you are one of those people that can stick up a thumb to measure something, then visiting several different sized units might be all you need to find the correct sized unit. At the very least, get a visual of several different units in addition to the information you find online through an interactive unit size guide.
If you have any doubts about your decision, you can always move one size higher to give you a peace of mind.