Sometimes, you have more stuff than you do space, but just by a little bit. You’re past the point where your at-home storage spaces can handle anymore boxes or knickknacks, but you don’t quite have enough left over to justify paying for a storage unit. So, what are your options?
Well, one solution many people choose is to share a self-storage unit rental with a friend, roommate, or family member. There are both pros and cons to consider when it comes to a shared storage unit arrangement. Let’s take a closer look at what those are, so you can make the right decision!
The Pros of Shared Storage Units
The most obvious and attractive advantage to splitting a storage unit is splitting the rent along with it. This way, you’re not paying for space you’re not using.
While self-storage units are generally pretty low-maintenance, there are still a few tasks you’ll want to keep up with to ensure your belongings stay in good shape. When you share a unit, you can share management responsibilities such as cleaning, organizing, and checking in on your items.
Help a Friend
Instead of letting unused space go to waste, offering up half of your unit provides a storage solution for your friend or family member, saving you both money and headache.
The Cons of Shared Storage Units
Lack of Control
Whoever is on the rental lease technically has authority over the unit. For the person who signs, this means full legal financial responsibility. For the person who doesn’t sign, this means the person who does can evict you at any time. That’s why it’s best to have both names on the rental lease when sharing a unit.
Potential for Conflict
Disagreements about storage unit costs and management can strain friendships and relationships. Be sure you and your storage roommate are on the same page about your needs, ideas, and expectations.
When you’re sharing a storage space, keep in mind that someone other than you will have access to your belongings. It is imperative that you only share a unit with someone that you trust 100%, otherwise your items could be at risk.
Whether you decide to share a storage space or stay solo, Sentry-Mini Storage has the storage solutions you need. We have both climate and non-climate controlled self-storage units available for rent, all of which are monitored via video surveillance, on-site managers, and coded gate access to ensure your belongings are always secure.
Contact us today to reserve your shared or single unit!