How Much Storage Space do I Need?

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Many times in life we find we need extra self storage space. In our North Vancouver storage facility, we see people come in when they downsize to a condo; a death of a relative; a live-in relationship goes sour. Life happens. We also see people with hobbies or an eBay or other resale businesses.

How Much Storage Space?

The question many of these people ask is, how much space do I need? Well, start by asking yourself these 3 questions first.

1. Do I need all this stuff?

Be realistic and practical. If you got rid of some of this stuff, would you really miss it? When was the last time I used it? (If you can’t answer this, you should probably chuck it!) Does it have any sentimental or monetary value? Will its value increase with time or will the kids/relatives eventually want this?

2. What am I storing?

Some items need special types of storage space. In North Van people have an outdoor lifestyle and that means boats and campers, which need special storage. Valuable papers or records would do best in heated and dry storage. Heated storage does cost more but will prevent temperature changes from damaging your belongings. So, determine which items will be stored, take inventory, make a list and have this information ready when you decide to store.

3. What size do I need?

Now that you know how much and what kind of stuff you’ll have to store, you need to determine the size of storage unit you will require. The information provided is pretty standard for most companies:

  • 5 x 5  = Small items, boxes, sports gear
  • 5 x 10  = Small 1-bedroom apartment or motorcycle and gear
  • 10 x 10 = 1 bedroom home
  • 10 x 15 = 2-3 bedroom home
  • 10 x 20 = 3-4 bedroom home
  • 10 x 30 = 5 bedroom home

Whatever you should choose to store, we have the solution for you. For a full list of available sizes and for any questions, check out our self storage units.

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