4 Benefits of Short-Term Self Storage

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There are a lot of reasons why people need storage – some are very long term reasons, like the need to have a small, safe place for seasonal items, while some are very short term reasons – couple weeks in between homes and the family intends to take a longer vacation.

We often write about the long-term benefits of self-storage, but more recently, we’ve found people are generally in short-term uncertainty and transition. In these situations, flexible self-storage has really helped our customers out, so we decided to share these.

Here are 4 benefits of short-term self storage:

1. University or College Students

University or college students almost always need short-term storage. By nature, their housing leases are typically no more than one year, and so there are a few months over the summer where students move home to save funds, but still have all their furnishings (and books!). A small self-storage unit is the best answer. Our 5x10 units are the perfect size for students. We’ve seen some make great use of the entire space, knowing that everything in that unit does not need to be accessed until end of August. If you know this, that means you can pack boxes into every square inch of your unit and significantly save on costs. Learn more about the benefits of self-storage for students.

2. A House Offer You Couldn’t Refuse!

It may seem crazy, but some people are being made offers on their homes that are accelerating their life decisions. Whereas you might have thought you’d be in your home for another 10 years, you realize you’d rather cash out now, and enjoy some time travelling before figuring out where to settle. Our 10x10 or 10x20 units are the best choice because by this point, you will have made some decisions on the bulk of your furniture, but you still have key items you want to keep. At one point in the future you’ll need to furnish another (most likely, smaller) place and these key items will be waiting for you. 

3. Downsizing Homes

You may have reached a point in your life where you are ready for a smaller home, but you may or may not be moving in with family in the future, or you want to see what living in a townhouse or apartment is like. For these reasons, you are not ready to let go of all your things because you might just need them. A larger storage unit, like a 10x20 self-storage unit, is a great solution as it gives you plenty of room for your belongings. Once you are ready to fully settle in your smaller home (whatever that may be) you can better determine what you want to keep and bring into your new home, and what you still want to keep but want to store. You no longer need a large storage unit for your belongings, so having the flexibility like you do at Storage Solutions, means you can move to a smaller self-storage unit, like a 10x10. Learn more about how self-storage can help you downsize.

4. Waiting, and Waiting, on your New Home

It’s not unusual for builders to run into delays. There are a lot of unforeseen circumstances with construction. And while you might have a projected closing date, sometimes that doesn’t work out. Life’s full of surprises… But you might have sold your current home to move geographically closer to your new neighbourhood. When you’re in-between places like this, a medium-sized self-storage unit is a great fit. Our month-to-month contracts ensure that you are not locked in, and so if you get the call that your house is ready for occupancy, you can act quick.

Short term storage needs are not as unusual as you might think. These days, life moves fast, and you need to be flexible. Our month-to-month contracts, 24/7 access, and our helpful staff make your storage experience easier so you can focus on your next step, not your storage unit. If you have questions about renting a self-storage unit, don’t hesitate to contact us! And make sure to check out the awesome self storage tips and advice we share in our blog, and on InstagramFacebook & Twitter. We have a great sense of humour and make renting self storage fast, easy & fun! 

And if you want to know what our Milton self storage or Woodstock self storage locations or individual self-storage units for rent look like, visit our YouTube channel and take an online tour.

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amer hashem (Milton)
a month ago

Very reliable storage. A good solution to park your car and keeping it protected from all weather conditions. Although a bit remote location.. but the price and the service was worth it.


Riley Rogozynski (Woodstock)
a week ago

I went in to find out some information on storage units for when I move in a couple weeks and was happily surprised by the customer service I received. I had looked at a few other storage facilities in Woodstock but their customer service was terrible compared to Jared's from Storage Solutions. He was professional and understanding of my needs and was ready to help anywhere he could. I will definitely be spreading the word to any of my friends looking for units!


Jennifer Sibbitt (Milton)
a week ago

Staff are very friendly and helpful. The facility is well maintained, clean and secure. I highly recommend Storage Solutions!


Janet Kennedy (Woodstock)
2 weeks ago

Great rates for a clean, secure, well lit place. Really good staff and a company that cares. New facility and the competitors are pretty tired looking and charging the same rates (if not a bit more).


Abeer Nauman (Milton)
a day ago

Very friendly staff. Always great service. Would highly recommend.


Lindsay Munro (Milton)
4 months ago

My husband and I recently relocated from the US and needed a place to store all of our belongings while we secured a new home. The folks at Storage Solutions advised us on the right size unit for our needs, at the right price. They were kind and helpful with all of our "first-timer" questions. We were very confident in the security of the place, and had absolutely no issues. I would highly recommend and use them again if needed.


Ashley Kelly (Milton)
a month ago

Been storing office and personal items for years. Have had various size units. Prices are great and staff has always been helpful.