You’ve just read a great article on decluttering your home and have decided to put your entire warehouse-sized wardrobe you’ve kept since the ‘80s into storage. Those Laura Ashley dresses, Jordache jeans, tie-dyed t-shirts, parachute pants, and leg warmers are no longer outdated; they’re vintage and may be worth something someday. But until you make your fortune on this so-called retro clothing, you’ll need to look for a great deal on storage units to house your collection.
Consider some of these popular deals that may be available on an ongoing or periodic basis:
First Month Free – This is the most common storage unit special. Many storage rental facilities will offer the first month free–though they usually require you to stay for at least three months–to entice customers with the idea that if you’re impressed by the service you’ll keep renting. So just in case neon-colored spandex jumpsuits never become trendy again, you can rest assured that you’re getting a good deal on storage.
Free Truck Rental – Some storage facilities offer a free truck rental when you rent a storage unit. It’s often for a period of time—like you must take advantage of it two weeks within signing the contract—which makes it super convenient for lugging your mountains of old clothes in one go instead of making 30 trips in your original VW Bug.
Holiday Specials – As it gets closer to Christmas and you suddenly get cold feet and change your mind about giving your vintage sweaters (one to wear and one to tie around the neck, of course) to people as gifts, don’t worry. Another common discount on storage rentals is the holiday special. This may be offered around Black Friday, President’s Day, Christmas or any other holiday. Quite often this will coincide with the storage unit’s less busy times of the year—allowing the firm to boost rentals during a period where there may be more vacancies than usual.
Free Upgrade – Another type of discount you may want to keep your eye open for is a free upgrade. Now that you’ve faced the reality that you can’t even fit into those mini skirts and high-waisted jeans, this can be an excellent way to save money not just up front but for the length of your contract. The free upgrade may include a larger unit (for all your shoulder-padded blazers) or one with added features like climate control.
Refer a Friend – Some storage units will offer free or reduced rent if you refer a friend to the storage facility. Many of the people you’ve donated part of your wardrobe to will want to put it in storage–for safe keeping, of course. If you happen to have a large circle of acquaintances (and who wouldn’t want to be friends with a disillusioned hoarder with bad taste?), this can be a great way to save money on your rental from time to time.
Contract Specials – Some storage facilities do not require a contract to rent from them—meaning you pay on a month-to-month basis. When this is the case, there are quite often specials in place that will gently encourage you to keep renting. Since hoarders are bound to accumulate even more items of clothing that will go out of style before they ever wear them, find out if you can get a break on storage fees by signing up for a year or more at a time.
Free Boxes – Most storage facilities offer more than just rental units, such as supplies or other services. Rather than just throwing your giant hoop earrings, fingerless lace gloves, headbands, and Swatches into the middle of the room, check to see if the facility provides free boxes. That way you can pack your accessories neatly and label the outside of the box to make retrieving them a snap when that rich buyer contacts you.
Military, Fire and Police Discount – Those who serve or have served in the military or a fire or police department are eligible for a discount at many places. These discounts are relatively common and can give a nice price break to those who have done so much to serve the community and our country. And no, that doesn’t include people who have served time in the clink for shoplifting at the local outlet mall.
The self storage business is very competitive, so there shouldn’t be any reason to pay full price. If you are patient and check out the available deals, you can find something that will meet your needs—and leave you with some spare cash to begin a whole new collection.
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