The Truth and Myths About Storage Units

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Common Misconceptions About Storage Units


You should be aware of a few urban legends that circulate around self-storage facilities. Did you know that occupying a self-storage unit as a primary residence is against the law? We clarify this and other commonly held misunderstandings regarding self-storage by debunking myths such as the one above. Let’s get started!

Myth #1: Storage Unit Locations are Dangerous

Self-storage facilities have a bad reputation among some people who worry about their safety due to the lack of a permanent, reliable security system. Although this may be true for certain storage facilities, those with a locked entrance, sturdy locks, and surveillance cameras may be assured that their belongings are safe. There is more cause for alarm in self-storage facilities that lack basic security measures like gates, locks, and cameras. Climate-controlled buildings also present a reduced risk of injury.

Myth #2 : Storage Units are Costly

The general perception is that storage facilities are prohibitively expensive. While there is a cost associated with putting things into storage, that cost is likely to be far less than you anticipate. A good-sized unit might cost as little as $29 per month, although many facilities offer considerably more affordable rates. Long-term employees often receive discounts from their employers.

Myth #3 : You are Only Able to Rent Long Term

Self-storage units in New York can be an absolute lifesaver in a pinch. The reason for that is that the typical minimum stay at a self-storage facility is only one month. You are free to extend your stay, as long as you cover the cost. There are occasions when you have to pack up and go fast, or when you need a safe place to store your belongings while you’re in between residences. While you figure out permanent housing, you can keep your possessions in a self-storage unit.

Myth #4 : Storage Units are for People Who Own Too Much Stuff

It’s a common misconception that people who utilize storage facilities do it because they’re cramped at home. Some people do store personal items in storage facilities, but the vast majority utilize them for commercial or recreational purposes.

Myth #5 : Storage Units Aren’t Clean or Sanitary:

Most storage facilities check their units to make sure they are clean and in good shape. But there are times when the units aren’t well taken care of. The floor may be dirty or broken, the walls may have holes that lead to the unit next door or outside, and the ceiling may be falling. If you can, stay away from these places. Most climate-controlled units, on the other hand, are well-kept and cleaned regularly, so you don’t have to worry about pests or infestations.

Myth #7 : You Are Able to Live in A Rental Unit

People often think that they can live in storage units, but this is not true. This claim is not true. It is against the law and dangerous to live in a storage unit. Without enough air flow, it may be hard to breathe. If someone tries to cook in the unit, the area could catch fire. In general, living in a storage unit is not a good idea.

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