Can a Tiny House Fit in a Self-Storage Unit?

The tiny house movement has captivated prospective home buyers around the country in recent years. Tiny house living allows people to live simply and more affordably, while giving them a unique place to call home.  Many people choose to buy a plot of land in the city on which to build their home, while others choose to have a tiny home on wheels.

Tiny houses can be inexpensive and appeal to those who cannot afford a traditional house or rising rent prices. The average price of a tiny home is $23,000 in the United States, which makes it an affordable option for people of varying ages. In Tempe, the average rent has jumped by $200 per month since 2015 making it the second most expensive in metro Phoenix. Owning a piece of property, rather than paying increasing rental costs, has made tiny home living very popular. In Texas, this option has increased in popularity. A recent study reported Texas was one of the top five states with the most tiny homes.

However, transitioning into a tiny home is not always based on finances. For many, it is an opportunity to simplify their lifestyle. For others, it is due to a desire to contribute to environmental sustainability by reducing their carbon footprint. Smaller houses have been shown to cut life cycle emissions by 36%. In addition, many are crafted from recycled materials.

Regardless of the reason for choosing tiny-home living, self-storage can be truly beneficial before your move, or when your home is being built or remodeled.

How can self-storage make your move or remodel easier?

Self-storage allows you to keep furniture and other household items in pristine condition during a remodel or a move. It’s also an affordable way to keep things in one place and easy to access should you need them. For people looking to store carpentry items or other work equipment during their remodel, a self-storage unit can be a great choice.

It’s important to follow best practices regardless of what items you plan to store. For example, machinery requiring fuel needs to be emptied due to flammability. Neglecting this means creating a fire hazard that could pose a threat to your items as well as other units around yours. Plus, gasoline can degrade over time. This can lead to engine problems such as hard starting, rough running, or the inability to start. Other hazardous items include propane tanks, kerosene, lamp and motor oil, paint, and more.

Storing carpentry items or tools? Be sure they are as clean as possible when placed in the unit. This keeps the items in top-notch condition and helps keep the unit clean when the equipment is removed for use.

Looking to downsize or declutter during before a move or remodel? Self-storage can help make the downsizing process easier. With so many available self-storage sizes, you can find the perfect fit for your needs. Instead of filling your home or garage with unwanted items, you can use the unit to store items you’d like to donate or sell. Curious as to what storage unit is the right size for you? Take a look at our handy infographic in order to make an informed decision.

How should you start the packing and storage process?

While your tiny home is being prepared, you will need to pack for your self-storage unit. The packing process is key to keeping the items damage free.

-If you have glass that needs to be packed and stored, be sure it’s wrapped well in bubble wrap and stored in sturdy containers with extra padding. This will help minimize any shifting during the move.

-If you have appliances to store, make sure they are cleaned and defrosted, and tie the cords tightly for safety.

-Mattresses should be covered in plastic so as to protect them from stains, water damage, or tears, and bed linens and curtains should be stored in well-sealed containers.

-If you are taking some of your electronics with you to your new tiny house, ensure every one of them is wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard guarding is placed around the screens.

What should you know about short-term versus long-term storage?

Short-term storage is generally considered storing items for three months or less. If your tiny home will be ready to move into within this timeframe, it’s key to pack your storage unit with convenience in mind. Stack your boxes and containers along a wall with a clear path in order to access them easily.

If you need long-term storage, make sure your items are wrapped adequately without the use of plastic bags. Plastic bags can can cause moisture and mildew and lead to damage over time. For both short and long-term storage, be sure to label everything clearly so you can find what you need quickly.

Moving into a tiny house is a fun and exciting time and a great opportunity to try something new and change your lifestyle. Looking for affordable self-storage units in Texas or Arizona? Visit our location websites to learn more about our locations, service offerings, and amenities that may include:

-RV and boat parking

-Climate control

-Month-to-month rentals

-Automated access 365 days a year

And more!