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How Will Government Job Cuts Affect Self Storage?

by Tony Gonzalez October 8, 2010 10:08 AM
More unemployment. More foreclosures. More downsizing. More entrepreneurialism. More adults living at home. That’s what economists are predicting in the wake of the loss of a shocking 95,000 jobs in September -- a crash in employment far worse than had been predicted. For the self storage industry, an economic change such as this can be good and bad. All businesses tend to suffer when the economy suffers, but self storage facilities may be asked to step into the breach as families look for places to put some of their belongings as they downsize from a larger home to a smaller, more affordable one, or as they invite family members and friends to move in with them to save money. [More]

Rental Housing, Too, Becomes Less Affordable -- Americans Continue to Downsize and Use More Storage

by Tony Gonzalez September 28, 2010 11:36 PM
Like homebuyers, many renters are having to downsize, putting more things in storage to make it possible to live in a smaller space, as housing prices become less affordable. Putting some things in storage makes downsizing a little bit easier by increasing the amount of space in a home available for use and decreasing the percentage of home space that is used for storage. While some renters use storage permanently as a way of decreasing the amount of living space that they need to pay for every month, others use it temporarily, while they transition to another home or to hold items that they are selling on eBay or Craig’s List. [More]

The Downsizing Boom

by Winnie Hsiu September 27, 2010 11:54 PM
For years, Americans were famous for building McMansions -- adding every bit of space possible to new homes. Home builders were adding rooms for home theaters, game rooms, exercise rooms, interior greenhouses, and even separate children’s and guest wings. But according to a survey conducted this year by the American Institute of Architects, that trend has come to an end. Instead of living large, Americans have begun to downsize -- putting items in storage if necessary to make it possible to live in a smaller space. Industry analysts say that the new trend will mean more business for professional organizers, interior designers, home furnishing stores, and self storage companies, as Americans try to figure out how to maintain their old lifestyles in less space. [More]

Seattle Engineer Takes Downsizing to a New Extreme

by Holly Robinson August 31, 2010 5:46 PM
These days, many people are downsizing their homes to reduce expenses. A small house or home may not only cost less in terms of rent or a mortgage payment, but also costs less to heat and cool, and uses less electricity. The first part of downsizing is decluttering -- giving away, reusing, recycling, or throwing out whatever an individual or a family can live without. Part of the decluttering process, for many people, is storing items that are not needed year round in a self storage unit. The second part is making a small house plan: exactly how much space do you truly need to live in? Some people even draw up their own small house plans. For many, the downsizing process, especially when it is supported by good storage options, leads straight to tiny houses and the tiny house movement -- a movement for people who are determined to live in the smallest possible space. [More]

Don’t Plan on Financing Your Move with a Payday Loan

by Tony Gonzalez July 27, 2010 2:03 PM
Moving can be expensive, when you factor in the cost of movers, taking time off work, and, if you are downsizing or trying to sell a house, putting some possessions into self storage. Despite the expense, if you have to go into debt to pay for all your moving expenses, it is better to find a way to do so without taking out a payday loan. Payday lenders tend to charge exorbitant interest rates. Even a credit card will charge a lower -- MUCH lower -- interest rate than a payday loan will. A better way to finance the self storage side of your move is to go to a self storage company that offers the first month free. Or, if you are a student, are retired, or are a veteran or an active member of the military, try going to a self storage company that offers discounts to students, retirees, veterans, or military families. You may be able to find movers that will offer discounts, as well. [More]
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