Renting a storage unit for a few months is something that you do not have to put much time into planning because you will only be using storage for a small portion of the year. But, when you want a long-term storage unit that you can rely on having for longer than a year, it makes sense to put more time and effort into finding the right storage facility and individual unit to use.

If you want to keep your total costs down, you should make use of several methods.

1. Long-Term Commitment

One of the things that a storage facility looks forward to most is when a customer rents from them for a long time. When this is something that they can guarantee early on through a long-term contract, you may be able to reduce your monthly rate. The storage facility will get a long-time customer to rely on, and you get to enjoy noticeable savings over the course of a year.

2. Distance From Home

When you are going to be renting a storage unit for longer than a year, you may not want to pick one that is far away from your home because the travel costs could get quite high. If you know that you will be living in the same place for at least a year, you should not hesitate to look around the neighborhood and general area surrounding your home for a storage facility to rent from.

If you think that you may end up moving soon, you should think about where you want to go and then pick a location in between your current home and the area you plan on moving to. This will help you keep travel costs to a minimum regardless of whether you end up staying or moving.

3. Ceiling Height

Another factor that will determine your long-term costs is the ceiling height in the storage unit. Getting a unit with an extra-tall ceiling will allow you to fit more items inside. When you get clever with storing boxes and oversized items, you can utilize the space all the way to the ceiling. So, you may want to analyze the ceiling height in several storage units before committing to one.

If you follow these methods to keep your costs down before renting a personal storage unit, you should be able to look forward to long-term storage without spending a lot of money in total.