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Should you share a storage unit? In 2020, self-storage use hit a high, with almost 13.5 million households choosing this option, according to the Self Storage Association. If you're ready to join the millions of Americans who use self-storage but aren't sure if you need your own individual unit, take a look at what you need to know about sharing a rental.
What Are the Benefits of A Shared Rental?
Why share a rental unit? The answer to this question depends on your personal preferences, financial needs, and square footage needs. Even though there isn't one reason to share a rental unit, the top benefits include:
Lower costs. You won't need to pay as much for a rental if you split the overall costs. This option is ideal for anyone on a tight budget, college students, or people who have family members (non-household members) who also need to rent a unit.
Easier to organize and manage. You won't have to organize or arrange the interior of the unit yourself with a shared rental. Instead of solo management, you'll have friends or family members to help you with these types of tasks.
The right amount of space. Do you only need a small space to store your household overflow or out-of-season items? Instead of only using a percentage of the square footage you'll pay for, share the unit with someone else.
Along with these benefits, you may also get increased security benefits with a shared rental. If you can't go to the rental unit regularly, it's possible your friend or relative can make trips more often. This type of in-person supervision may improve the overall security of your self-storage unit.
How Should You Share A Rental?
Now that you know more about the benefits of a shared rental, it's time to take the next step and learn about the practical mattress involved. To effectively share a rental unit:
Choose the right sized unit. Review how much space each person will need for their belongings before you select a rental. Make sure there is enough square footage for each renter to easily store their items without any overlap.
Create a schedule. Two, three, or more families can create chaos inside of a smaller-sized storage unit. Avoid traffic jams and tripping over each other with a schedule.
Designate areas. Use painter's tape to mark off indicia areas for each person's or family's items.
Before you sign a contract, agree on a fair price split. If one person or family won't use as much space, adjust their monthly or annual payments to reflect the percent of the unit they will need.
For more information on storage, contact a professional near you.