Summer Storage for College Studentsby NW Storages on 05/19/18
One of the best things about summer is the end of the school year. If you’re a college student, you’ve worked hard for nine months, keeping your grades up, probably keeping up with a job (or two), and still trying to have a social life. Summer means a little bit of freedom, a little less work to do, and possibly even a trip home to be with family for the warm months. It’s gonna be great!
But, what about all your stuff? You’ve got a dorm room, or maybe even an apartment, full of things you may not want to give up. Your desk, television, refrigerator, favorite chair, maybe even your bed; all of it needs someplace to be while you’re gone for the summer months. You don’t want to have to drag it all back to your parent’s house, right? You’re just going to have to drag it back with you in a few weeks! You can’t leave it in your dorm room, or pay rent on an apartment you’re not going to be living in for three months. It’s a problem, to be sure.
Self-storage can help make this easy for you! Whether you’re just storing a few books and your winter coat, or an entire apartment full of stuff, it’s easy and affordable to store everything for the summer and have it ready to use again next fall. Here are some ideas, tips, and tricks for getting the most storage, for the least money, with the best results.
What should you store?
If you won’t need it for the summer, store it! Beds, desks, chairs, books and bookshelves, winter clothing, electronics, appliances, your bike; anything and everything you want to keep for next semester can be put into self-storage. Luckily, self-storage can hold it all. If you’re storing some books or smaller items, you can rent a locker sized unit for just a few dollars a month; if you have an apartment’s worth of furniture and belongings, you may need something larger. It’s fine! Talk to your storage professional and get the exact size you need; you are encouraged to stack and store as much as you can get into the unit you rent, which means you get exactly what you need for the lowest possible price. Boxing up books, decor, clothing, and other smaller items will help you save space as boxes are easier to stack. Be sure to clean out your microwave and/or refrigerator before storing to ensure it survives until fall.
Why should you store instead of taking it home with you?
Assuming you have a vehicle you’re using to get home (or anywhere else), this is a good question. And we have a good answer, too!
Self-storage is a secure means of keeping - and protecting - your property. If you have spent money on furniture and appliances, even second hand, keeping them safe for use next school year is important. Piling your stuff in your car and driving it across the state, or the country, increases the possibility that something will be lost or damaged or ruined. Put your belongings in self-storage, and you don’t need to worry about it all summer long!
Aside from security and protection, another good reason to store your belongings is this: Your parent’s home (and garage) probably has everything it needs. Why drag your stuff home, to create clutter and take up space, when you don’t have to? Your mom and dad will thank you for choosing to store your things when you come home with just yourself. And maybe some laundry.
If you don’t have a car, consider the cost of shipping all of your things home and then back, come fall. Self storage will likely offer a less expensive option for you. Because the only other real choice you’ve got is to sell everything off now and then try to replace it next fall. That’s going to cost you more money and cause you more inconvenience than easy, safe, affordable self-storage.
What should you look for in a self-storage company?
Security, convenience, price, and extras are all important when looking for self-storage. Check reviews online, at sites like SpareFoot.com, and then call the top facilities. Questions to ask:
What security features do you offer? More is better, of course. Video surveillance is an industry standard, so if they don’t offer it, keep looking. Fences, security codes, alarms, motion detectors,security patrols, lighting, even on-site managers; get as many of these options as you can find in your self-storage property.
Do you offer a move-in truck, and is it free? Why pay for something you can get for free? Many companies offer the use of a truck for transporting your things to storage.
Do you have any move-in specials or discounts available? Don’t be too shy to ask about saving money! Move-in specials are common, as are various price reductions, including military (are you in the Guard or Reserves?), senior citizen, and student discounts. You can save money on your monthly rate, plus get a deal when you sign your contract. And speaking of contracts -
Can I get a month-to-month or short-term contract? You only need this unit for a limited time. If the storage company insists on a six-month or even a one-year contract, it’s doesn’t make any sense to rent there. Make sure you will only be paying for storage for as long as you actually need it.
What other services do you offer? Some self-storage companies also offer mailbox rentals, which may be useful for you. Other services might include delivery acceptance, shelving rental for your space, or free items like a high-security lock for your storage unit. More is always better!
Do you sell insurance or do I need to get it on my own? Most places have an affordable policy available to you, and in some circumstances your parent’s homeowners insurance may cover your belongings. This added layer of protection for your belongings is important; even the most secure facility can’t protect your stuff from natural disasters, fire, or other exceptional events.
Can I pay my rent online? If you’re going to be away for several months, you want to be sure your payments will be made on time. A self-storage facility that offers online payment options will make that easier.
You say you’re just getting ready for college?
Collect furniture and appliances for your first year and keep them in self-storage until you’re ready to go. A refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, bookshelf, desk, some lamps… they’re all going to take up space at home and since you’re not going to be using them, store them until it’s time to leave. This also means you’ll have the entire summer to find everything you need, and a place to keep it all together and safe.
Are you done with school and ready to start your new life?
Great! Congratulations on getting your degree! Now, you’re probably looking for a job in your field, and a place to live, and basically trying to get your life in order. Chances are, you’re going to be living in limited space or sharing your living space for a while, either with your parents, other family, friends, or roommates. You may not have room for everything. In that case, sell or give away whatever you don’t intend to keep and take the rest with you to wherever you’re going. Then, store what you can’t keep with you until you’re ready to bring it home with you!
Self-storage is an affordable, convenient, sensible solution to keeping your furniture, supplies, books, and other belongings in a safe and protected place when they’re not in use. Asking the right questions and making the best choice for you means that you can enjoy your summer without worrying about what condition your stuff will be in when you retrieve it.