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Storage Sheds vs. Self Storage Units

When it comes to additional storage, there are a variety of options to choose from. Whether you’re moving, downsizing, or just need some extra storage space, it’s important to find the best type of storage to suit your needs. Two popular storage solutions are storage sheds and self storage units, but which one is better for you? Read on for an overview of the differences between these two storage options.

Storage Shed vs. Storage Unit Costs

Cost is probably the most important thing to consider when it comes to choosing a storage building solution. Storage units are paid for monthly, similar to paying rent for an apartment. They can cost anywhere from $100-$300 per month, depending on size and location of the storage unit. That said, it’s no surprise that the overall cost of a storage unit adds up quickly, and they can often end up costing you much more than buying a storage shed would. 

Storage sheds, on the other hand, are typically paid for up front, in full. However, rent-to-own is becoming an increasingly popular option for people who want a storage shed, but would prefer not to pay for it all up front. For example, Raber Storage Barns offers a convenient, commitment-free rent-to-own program that is flexible enough to fit any budget.

In general, whether you buy it outright or opt for rent-to-own, a storage shed typically ends up being less expensive than a storage unit. If you only need the storage space for a short period of time, however, renting a storage unit may be more cost-effective.

Ease of Access

Ease of access is another important point to consider when choosing a storage solution. Renting a storage unit involves driving to and from the unit’s location, and it may not be accessible 24/7. However, a storage shed is only a few steps away from your home, and you can access it at any time.

While much more convenient than storage units, storage sheds do require maintenance and upkeep. So, before deciding to get a shed, make sure that you are willing to put the effort into maintaining it.

Security

Depending on what you’re looking to store, security can be a big factor when it comes to deciding between a storage shed and rentable storage unit. Most self storage facilities have surveillance cameras, as well as padlocks for each unit, both of which are included in the monthly “rent.” On the other hand, storage sheds do not come with any extra security features. They can easily be equipped with a lock, but more technical security features like cameras and motion sensors can cost a pretty penny. That said, be sure to think about how much security you’d need before deciding on a storage solution.

Curb Appeal and Property Value

One of the greatest benefits of storage sheds versus self storage units is that sheds increase property value and curb appeal. Appearance-wise, a storage shed can become the focal point of your yard and make the area more aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, if you ever choose to sell your home, having a storage shed can increase the value of your property, as well as make your home more appealing to buyers. Extra storage space is valuable!

Decided On a Storage Shed? Let Us Help!

If you’ve determined that a storage shed is the right storage solution for you, you’ve come to the right place! Raber Storage Barns offers a wide variety of storage buildings in multiple different styles and sizes. Check out our units today!

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