Renting a unit at a self storage facility like Add-A-Room Self Storage provides an easy way to clear your excess items out of your home without the challenge of deciding which treasured possessions you should sell. The proliferation of storage facilities throughout the country means that you shouldn't have trouble finding a facility in your community. If you're concerned about having to pay another monthly bill, don't be discouraged to the point that you skip taking advantage of the many benefits of renting storage space. Here are three ways to pay less for the rental of your self storage unit.
Look For Promotions
With so many self storage facilities around a number of cities, these businesses are often competing with each other -- which translates into cost-saving benefits for the customer. Do a little shopping around to not only look for the best rate for the size of space you need to rent, but to also see which businesses are offering enticing promotions. Many self storage facilities offer promotions such as giving the first month for free or providing a free upgrade to a larger space. Seasonal promotions, such as a reduced rate as part of a "back to school" sale, can also help you pay less for your storage space.
Pay In Advance
Before you sign any paperwork at the self storage facility, talk to the rental agent to figure out how much you'll pay over the course of the year -- especially if you know that you'll be using the space for the foreseeable future. If you have the financial flexibility, ask how much it would cost to pay for the year's space in a lump sum when you sign the lease. While this approach does require that you have access to the necessary funds, many self storage businesses provide significant discounts for customers who can pay for the year in advance.
Seek Another Renter
Consult your work colleagues and friends to determine if someone has a need for extra storage space. If you can find someone trustworthy, you can often save money on the cost of your unit rental by pooling your money and splitting the bill. If the person doesn't have enough items to account for half the space -- and half the bill -- even having the person pay 25 percent of the cost of the space can save you a significant amount of money over the course of the year.