Sometimes life happens quickly and you find yourself scrambling to take care of every important detail. Whether this is having only two days to move out of college to wherever you’re going for the summer, jumping at an opportunity to go overseas, or getting that dream job offer that requires relocating; sometimes you have to fall back on getting your things put into storage until you can deal with them at a later date. When you find yourself in this situation do yourself a favor and make sure you take the time to look at all your options before jumping in with the nearest self storage units available.
A little bit of research and legwork can go a long way towards making sure you get the best possible deal.
Avoid storage catering to college students
Even if you’re a college student, you want to avoid self-storage units that are close to local colleges or universities. While this might seem convenient, it will also always be more expensive. They know there’s a high need/high demand, so you’re going to pay more. Add in the fact that young people are far less likely to try to haggle, and you’re simply looking at more expensive units that are harder to get a deal on. Look for something a little more distant.
Consider Doubling Up
This is most common with college students. Look at joining with other students to store your furniture and other items you don’t want to drag around with you. If four or five people are splitting a storage unit, this can save you some good money. Just be aware that generally speaking the unit can only be in one person’s name – so make sure you trust that individual. If you rent out the excess storage space to your unit, make sure to get paid up front, and make sure everyone has your contact information (and vice-versa) so they can get a hold of you when they get back for the new school year.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount!
This is perhaps the single best way to get a good deal on your storage. Sometimes just asking will get you a 5% or 10% discount, especially if you can mention other competitors who are willing to offer you a better deal.
Even if this doesn’t work, consider asking for a discount based on any of the following:
- Fire fighter or law enforcement official
- Military service or veteran
- Charity or non-profit work
- Senior citizen discount
The worst that can happen is they say no – but sometimes this will work. I once mentioned I was an Eagle Scout from by Boy Scout days, and that led to a 15% discount from the owner – who was also an Eagle Scout. The worst that they can do is say no – and you simply move on to ask the next one!
Follow these steps and you’ll be sure to find the best possible deal for self-storage.