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Two Tips To Help You Get A Great Rate On Your Next Storage Rental

by Allan Washington

Renting a storage unit is a great way to de-clutter your home.  Instead of keeping your holiday and party decorations or unused furniture in a hot garage, you can place it in a climate-controlled storage facility so that you can avoid premature deterioration.  However, as much as you may want to rent a storage unit, you may feel that it is out of your budget.  Use this information to learn about two tips that can help you get a great rate when you need to lease a storage unit.

Know When To Rent

Although you may not know it, some storage businesses charge different prices depending upon the time of year.  If you can understand the ebbs and flows of the storage industry, you may be able to get a discounted rate.

For example, summer is a very popular time for people who want to move.  Whether it's because the kids are out of school so parents won't have to disrupt their education, or because busy professionals have a summer break that they want to take advantage of, many people choose to move during the summer.  If they have items that they don't want to take to their new abode, they may elect to place their belongings in storage.  This creates a high demand, so storage businesses may be less inclined to offer discounted rates.

You can avoid this by timing your storage rental around the high demand periods.  If possible, rent a unit during the cooler months of the year when storage business may be at a high vacancy point and need to fill units to bring in the profits.

Know How To Negotiate

Although there will certainly be listed prices for storage rental, some of these costs are up for negotiation.  Taking the time to speak with the manager or owner of a facility and using the right negotiation tools can help you save big.

You may ask if you can get a discount if you'll allow the establishment to automatically take out your rental fees from your bank account.  The facility won't have to wait for you to make the payment when it's due, so they may be willing to bend some rules for this.  Also, seek to get a contract.  The storage business you've chosen may offer a discount if you agree to sign a contract for a specified length of time, since this could cut down on the amount of marketing funds that the company will have to spend to get new customers.

Getting a good rate on storage rental doesn't have to be difficult if you know what to do.  The next time you rent a unit, keep these tips in mind so you can conserve money.