Your new apartment is bright and even better located than your old one. However, there is only one drawback: no basement. The space needed for your canoe, camping gear and skis, is missing. This is, of course, a common dilemma facing people who have recently moved

So, what to do with all you excess furniture? An idea from our friends in the United States can help in such a situation: self-storage. Self-storage typically includes rental warehouse and storage facilities located near your new apartment. Below, we take a look at the concept.

Where can you store your things?

For several years, self-storage has become a very popular business model in France. Apparently, over the past ten years, the amount of self-storage operators in France have increased five-fold. Technically speaking, this is the equivalent of an annual growth rate of between 20 to 25 percent – and an end to this increase is not yet in sight.

Self-storage facilities are mainly located in big cities, where the population can sustain them. That being said, rural areas are gradually acquiring their own facilities as well, mostly in regional centres and large towns.

The reason for this trend is simple: Many young couples who move in together, use furniture warehouses to store duplicate belongings. Self-storage ensures that these personal items are accommodated safely, especially any valuable heirlooms that you want to pass on later to your children.

What’s the cost?

The cost of your furniture storage will depend on the size of the storage area and the rental period. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the area and the longer the maturity, the lower in price – in percentage terms. The smallest storage boxes available are one square meter.

If you want something larger, there are typically large storage rooms up to several 100 square meters. The costs vary depending on location and provider. Using the internet, you can get quotes from self-storage companies in your area before you make your move.

Stock offers in your area

Whether private or commercial, there are various options available for helping you find the ideal self-storage facility. Getting a quote is usually quick and, of course, free of charge and without obligation.

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  1. It’s interesting to read about the things that generally affect the cost of a storage unit. I didn’t realize that the length of time you’re planning on having the unit could have an effect. I think it could be very helpful to stick with one company for a few years rather than switching as I might be able to save that way.

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