In 2010, two new television programs that featured storage auctions were released: Auction Hunters and Storage Wars. Three other programs, which also featured the popularity of storage auctions aired soon after: Storage Wars: New York; Storage Wars: Texas; and, Storage Hunters. Though the programs centered on storage auctions, a more basic fact was implied – the popularity of self-storage or mini storage among Americans.
Self-storage, which is a shorthand form for self-service storage, is one of the flourishing industries in the U.S. It involves the renting out or storage spaces, like rooms, containers, outdoor spaces or lockers, to individuals or businesses. Duration of rent can be short-term, like a month long, or long-term.
About 58,000 self-storage facilities were made available in 2010 to anyone who needed extra space. A self-storage gave individuals and families an extra space where they could keep things that they have outgrown but cannot part with; for firms, it was an additional safe shelter for temporarily unused office equipment or for whatever purpose they would need extra space.
Self-storage facilities began in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1958; the business opened next in Texas in the late 1960s. From 2000 to 2005, more than 3,000 new facilities were made available in the U.S. every year. The need for self-storage space can be based on three things: American consumerism; American mobility; and, according to some property analysts, older houses, which were built with smaller closets and rooms.
During the holidays, people love to fill up their home with new things, such as new furniture. Purchase of new things, however, meant need for space. With no extra room in the house, old stuffs had to be removed for new ones. Re-placement, though, does not necessarily mean throwing out the old things, which many people are not prepared to part with; thus, the need for self-storage or extra spaces, where people can keep some of their household items safely.
Self-storage are in demand typically during summer, the time when relocating to a new house is at its peak and, if the new residence cannot house all of one’s belongings, things of secondary importance are rather kept in a self-storage.
Aside from the smaller houses, there is also the case of the totally new house design: houses with no basement and/or attic. Though American houses have gotten much bigger from 2004 onwards, those built in temperate states, like California, Florida and Texas (the three states that also happen to have the most self-storage facilities), were designed as ranches or bungalows. These did not have a basement or an attic where old stuff can be kept.
Those in the self-storage industry say that one in every ten U.S. households is renting a self-storage unit. Though self-storage units guarantee safe storage of belongings, not all facilities offer the same features. Some are more spacious, allow drive up access, fence protection, resident managers, personal access codes, have remote cameras, and climate controlled units wherein items can be kept totally safe from the weather regardless of how hot or cold the weather is.Read More