If your children have grown and are off on their own, you may find yourself thinking of selling the family home and traveling for a year or two. You may be putting it off because you aren't ready to part with years of belongings. Whether it is grandma's old desk or that antique bed that's been in the family for generations, finding a temporary home for family heirlooms can be difficult. That's why many empty nesters and retirees are turning to self storage as a temporary solution while they travel or until they decide what to do with all their belongings. Consider these benefits of self storage.
Security: You can rest assured that your belongings are safe and secure and aren't likely to be damaged or stolen while you embark on your journey to see the world. Because many self storage facilities provide security services, you won't need to enlist neighbors to check on your property either. For the best security, look for self storage where the units are contained inside a locked facility, units are armed with alarms, the facility is monitored via video surveillance, and there is onsite management 24/7. While no one can guarantee no harm will come to your family heirlooms, they are likely safer in a self storage unit than in a vacant home.
Climate Control: Many storage facilities are climate controlled, which means your property is protected from the effects of drastic temperature changes, heat, and humidity. You won't need to worry about heating your vacant home during the winter or the basement flooding in the spring. When you place your property in a climate controlled unit, you can rest assured that it is protected from damage due to changes in the weather.
Easy Access: If you decide to stop by and pick up a few items when your travels bring you near home, you won't need to worry about shoveling the drive or reopening your home. Storage facilities typically provide access 24/7 and keep the driveway cleared all year.
Flexible Rental Times: Many self storage units allow you to rent the unit monthly if you desire. If you aren't sure how long you will be gone, this may be a good option for you. That means if you decide to cut your trip short and resettle in a new home, you are free to remove your property without being stuck paying the fee for long-term storage. This works both ways, of course. If you decide to extend your travels, you can simply pay for longer storage and don't need to rush home because your rental agreement is up.
Easy to Move: Most storage units are located on ground level, which means you won't need to move furniture and heavy items up and down stairs. This makes placing your property in storage easier and makes moving it again when you've decided on a permanent location easier too. While this may not seem like a big deal, you will appreciate the convenience when it comes time to retrieve your property.
Gives You Time to Make Decisions: If you aren't sure if you want to hand your family heirlooms down to your children and grandchildren yet, or if you want to hold an estate sale and earmark the proceeds for your children's inheritance (or perhaps you simply want to enjoy them yourself in your retirement home when your traveling is through), placing them in storage while you travel will give you time to decide.
Placing your family heirlooms in a self storage unit will give you the freedom to go out and explore the world, knowing they will be safe and secure until you return.