Apr 9, 2015

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Self-Storage: Features One Should Look For

Since the mid of the 1970s two substantial changes have become quite noticeable in US environments: the average American house has gotten bigger and the average family size has gotten smaller. A bigger house for a smaller number of people, though, still isn’t big enough to give space to everything that people end up buying. Thus, survey has shown that one out of ten families require extra space, even going to the extent of renting out a storage room, where they can keep, usually, mom’s and pop’s favorite things – things that they may have no need for anymore, but which they simply cannot throw away.

According to the National Association of Homebuilders, average houses in the US, which measured about 1,660 square feet in 1973, have increased to 2,400 square feet in 2004. But, rather than the size, what makes these new houses really different from the old ones is their having done away with the attic and the basement – places where families can store things and exciting places where children of the next generation can rummage through old photos and their grandparents’ most treasured things. This is especially true in the Sun Belt states, such as California, Florida and Texas, where many houses are designed as bungalows, dogtrots, ranches, country homes or contemporary mountain homes, and so forth. Due to the absence of spaces above and under the many houses built in these states, most self-storage facilities are, therefore, built in these locations.

Self-storage or mini-storage is a type of business which offers individuals, families and businesses an extra space for the things they need to keep safely. As the year 2010 began, more than 50,000 self-storage facilities owned by more than 30,000 companies are said to have already been developed in the US. Its rapid growth has even inspired a TV show, Storage Wars, about the rare findings in abandoned storage units.

Not all self-storage facilities offer the same features and security. Mopac Self Storage facilities in Austin, Texas, for instance, allow drive up access, 24/7 accessibility, RV/boat storage, and features remote cameras, fence protection, resident managers, personal access codes, and climate controlled units.

Rent of a unit is usually short term (monthly basis), though, long term lease is also available. In the case of non-paying tenants the lien law in each state may grant the facility owner to conduct lien sales or storage auctions in order to eject them. Some states, however, first require facility owners to make a public notice, through periodical ads, of the auction or sale; in other states, public notice made via the internet is enough. Until before the start of an auction, unit renters are given the right to settle their bill and so save their belongings (all the contents of their storage unit) from being auctioned.

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