Why Do People Rent Self-Storage Units?

What’s with all the self-storage facilities opening all over the place? In recent years, it seems that we have a never-ending need for self-storage, but why – why do so many people need a self-storage unit?

We’ve compiled the top reasons people use self-storage here. We hope this goes a distance to answering the above question, while providing you with some insight so you are more prepared if you find yourself in one of these situations.


The biggest reason people rent a self-storage unit is to take some stress out of the moving process. Many circumstances play into this need.

Even before you move, you may need to, well, move! If you are selling your current home, then your real estate agent is probably going to encourage you to stage your home for the sale. This will require getting rid of a lot of your personal belongings, and your realtor will often bring her own stock furniture into your home to make it look more versatile and appealing to the general masses. To pull this off, of course, you’ll need to store your own stuff for the duration of the staging, and that calls for a self-storage unit.

Perhaps you are moving into a smaller residence than your previous one. If this is the case, it is often a better idea to rent a self-storage unit to house your excess items rather than making impromptu decisions on your items that you may regret. It is an advantage, in this case, to rent a self-storage unit, so that after the move, you can take your time to go through your excess and determine what is worth keeping and what isn’t.

If you are moving in with someone else, such as a new partner or with family, consolidating the two homes together could prove difficult. You both may have duplicate items or more than either of you need now that you are living together. Renting a self-storage unit to house those extra items will provide the time needed to make proper decisions during the transition.

If your closing date is pushed back, leaving you with a gap between the time you must leave your current residence and when you can move into your new one, then renting a self-storage unit to keep your belongings in during the gap is exactly what you’ll need to do to keep your items safe.

If you are travelling for an extended period, such that you sell your home here, then a self-storage unit is the place to keep your personal belongings while you are away.


A large reason people rent self-storage units is for the purpose of decluttering their home. While it may be easier just to toss everything out, that often isn’t a legitimate possibility. There are usually items that have too much sentimental value attached to them to toss away. Some items may not even be yours, but you are keeping them for your children or friends. Other items may be valuable, such as antiques, but do not fit the aesthetic of your home or your home does not have the room for them.

If this is the case, then renting a self-storage unit to keep these items safe, but out of your way, is the exact answer one needs to properly declutter their home.


When one renovates their home, they may need to store their items in a self-storage unit for the duration of the renos. Depending on the work being done, protecting your items offsite may be a very good idea to have them coming back into the new space in the shape they were in when they left it.


Some of us own expensive cars that often are not advisable to drive during the winter season. Some of us own boats or motorcycles that also are not meant for the winter months. If this is the case, then renting a self-storage unit for the winter is the best way to protect your vehicle so that it sparkles again in time for the summer.


University and college students, living in dorms during the school year, will need to move their items out of their dorm during the summer. This may indeed require renting a self-storage unit. Even if there is space at home for these items, it is often advantageous to rent a self-storage unit near the school to avoid moving those items the much longer distance home.

Estate Planning

It is often a good idea to rent a self-storage unit for items from a loved one who has passed away. While you will need to go through all of these items and disperse them among family and friends, this is usually not the first thing on one’s mind when these events occur. Rather than forcing you and your family through this ordeal when emotions are heavy, renting a self-storage unit to get through your mourning period first is a very good idea.


Finally, businesses rent self-storage units to store excess files that are rarely referenced, but cannot be thrown away (such as financials for tax purposes). Small businesses who do not have an office or storefront will use self-storage units to store equipment and inventory. Self-storage units are incredibly handy for businesses that require large equipment, such as landscapers, carpenters and contractors.

Of course, this list does not cover every possible reason one may rent a self-storage unit, but it does cover the most popular reasons. If you think you could use a self-storage unit for your own situation, please speak with your Real Storage agent today to see what unit might fit your needs. You can also take a look at our article here on the types of self-storage units available.