When the spring semester is over, it's common for students to head back home for the summer. Others end up with internships in other cities. In either case, it can be hard to figure out what to do with your things over the summer. Should you sell them and buy new things the next year, ship them back to your parents' house, or put them in storage? For many students, putting the things in storage is the best choice. Here's a closer look at the pros and cons of this option – as well as a few tips to ensure success.
What are the advantages of putting your things in storage?
This option saves you a lot of time and hassle. Between taking final exams, making plans for the summer, and searching for summer jobs, you really don't need to add anything else to your plate. Selling things like your mattress and couch can be time-consuming, as can moving it all of the way back to your parents' house. If you rent a storage unit, all you need to do is spend one afternoon putting everything into a moving truck and transporting it to the unit.
This option may also save you money in the long run. In most areas, you can rent a 5 x 5-foot unit for about $40 or $50 per month. This size is big enough for most college students' possessions. If you use the unit for three months, your cost will be around $150. That's probably less than you'd pay a moving company to transport everything back to your parents' house – and less than you'd pay to replace most items next semester.
What are the disadvantages of renting a storage unit?
Since you won't be around to keep an eye on the storage unit, you won't be able to check on your things and make sure they're safe from water and theft. This is why it's so important to rent from a reputable storage company with a good security system. If you have friends staying in town for the summer, you can have them stop by and check on your things once in a while.
You'll also need to pay close attention and ensure you rent a unit by the month. Some storage companies will only rent for a longer 6-month or 1-year period, which you probably don't need. Take the time to do your research so you don't get stuck paying for 6 months of time when you only need the unit for the summer.
Contact a residential storage service in your area for additional information.Share
7 September 2016
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