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Storage Rental - Or Build a Shed?

When you have too much stuff and not enough space, sometimes itís best to get some kind of storage rental unit. But if you are looking at storing things long term, it often pays to buy, or even build your own storage shed. This is a very important decision, as it can save you a lot of money. But before deciding on your own shed or a rental storage unit, find out if you really need the extra storage space? Some people are real pack rats and keep everything, regardless of its worth. If you take the time to go through those items, you may find there are a lot of things that arenít important enough to keep. If you arenít going to use an item in the next year or two, it may be something you should either give away or throw away. There are some things that have sentimental value that you will never want to get rid of. But, by disposing of things you donít really need, you may save the need for space and a whole lot of money.

If you decided you actually do need additional space, first determine whether it is best to rent a storage area or own your storage container? Having your own storage unit could potentially save you hundreds of dollars per year. But, before you buy a shed or start building one, check out some areas inside your home that may work for storage. Sometimes it isnít too much trouble to build a storage area in the attic of your home, or under a stairway. Before looking outside, first consider all of the areas inside. If you canít find enough room inside, then evaluate your outdoors area.

Do You Have Space For a Shed?

If you still need additional storage space, see if you have a big enough area for a storage shed. If you do have some extra room for a shed, then consider owning your own storage unit. If you don't have a big enough area for a shed, the answer to your storage need is definitely a rental storage area. Remember, storage sheds come in all shapes and sizes. If you have a long narrow area, it may work as well to build a 6í X 12í shed as an 8í X 10í shed, which will provide almost as much storage area.

Before you start building, estimate how much room you will need. I would allow a little extra space just to be safe. If you have a nice open area, you may want to make your storage shed a little bigger (or even a lot bigger). You will find when building your own storage shed, that an extra 10 to 15 square feet wonít cost that much more.

Length of Storage May Determine Which Way to Go

If your storage need is short term, a storage rental unit is probably best for you. But, if you are going to need space for an extended period, you may want to consider owning your own storage shed. Some storage companies offer a special where you get up to six months free for every month you pay for up front. So, in reality, you end up getting the storage space for half price. If you pay for three months and get six months of storage, that may be the route to go. But even then, that rental expense starts adding up. If you pay $50 per month, you will spend $600 per year on storage. That money could be applied towards your own storage container.

Which is the better long term solution?

Do you want to pay rent on a storage unit the rest of your life? If not, you will probably want to own your own storage shed. If you are going to keep something for a long time, but donít have room in your home or garage, you may want to invest in some kind of storage unit. If you are storing an extra bed that is worth $100, and the rental cost is $30 per month, after the first three months, you are spending more than the bed is worth just to keep it around. Maybe you should sell the bed and if you need another one later, buy a good used one. You can probably buy one for about the same price you sold that one. Plus you donít need to spend anything extra to keep it.

The Type of Shed You Need

There are several different types of sheds. Most are defined by the roof style. The gambrel roof has an upside down ďVĒ shape. This is a very common style. The ďshedĒ roof has one slope typically with the peak at the front and the lowest part of the roof in the rear. You may find that a loft storage shed will provide just enough extra storage up above your head. As a result the shed may not need to be quite as big. These loft type sheds have a barn style roof. They add a lot more storage capacity.

Do I build or Buy?

Depending on what you want, there are a lot of storage containers for sale that arenít real expensive. Some of the big chain stores and lumber companies offer either a plastic shed or metal storage shed that you can assemble on your own in an afternoon. The problem with this type of building is it doesnít always hold up as well as a wooden shed. Another option is to buy a wooden shed that is already constructed. These sheds are much more expensive, but they typically are very well built. The other option is to build your own shed.  Even if you havenít built anything before, with the right set of plans, you can easily build your own storage shed.  

Finding the Right Shed Plans if I Build

Remember, if you are going to store items for a long period of time, storage rental units may not be the best way to go. There are a lot of storage shed plans available online. In fact if you want to build a shed, click here for 12,000 Garden Shed Plans. If you can't find the one you want here, you aren't looking. And these plans are great for any DIY shed builder, regardless of your experience level. Also check out storage shed plans guide and DIY garden shed plans for more ideas. Good luck building your storage shed.


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