There are numerous ways in which a person can save their money rather than paying hundreds to thousands on storage units. You understand the situation, your significant other just left you with the task of trying to figure out how to solve the perfect solution is of “couple-consumerism.” Oh, not to forget those years, make it millennia of memories just waiting to be sorted and sifted through, and/or your son/daughter, just left for that four year university leaving almost all their junk, everywhere. Whatever the excuse I’ve seen marriages break, countless arguments from the life styles of the significant others, and not to mention being a problem-solver for couples. I’ve talked to a huge selection of customers before 15 years as a finish carpenter, Drywall alternatives for garage on racking your brains on ways to improve the look of houses, but also on trying to figure out how exactly to store everyone’s stuff and ensure it is look appealing to the attention.
The common occurrence
Generally in most situations either the spouse has found themselves in the predicament that they have married the pack rat, attempting to get either rid of their junk or, simple develop a situation where it really is stored away behind a wall, and closed off, essentially creating more insulation for the house/garage. Ideally though, the perfect solution is is best sought to not purchase any longer stuff. But being that easy solution of getting a dump truck and loading it around be hauled away isn’t the best sought solution, and will work wonders on damaging an already sore state-of-affairs.
On a side note: My friend had all sorts of cars before his house, most of them junk cars. They owned seven of the cars, and only two worked! Two were being worked on in the garage, by which you couldn’t even work in the garage, and the rest were on the street. Well it just so happened that one day he left work, his wife got up unusually early, and when he returned to work, all 5 vehicles were sold, and their sixteen year old son had a brand spanking new truck. I’ve never seen my friend breakdown in tears like I did that day, and the language. Only slang linguists would have been amazed at his vernacular. The story ended that day, and my friend ended up likely to therapy.
The alternative solutions
When all is said and done you can find different alternatives to repairing an already damaged situation. The examples organized are from priciest to least.
There are various companies that will offer the space necessary for all your stuff. If you want a warehouse, then you should think about Ebay, seriously.
Public Storage, Usstoragesearch.com, Located through the entire contiguous USA carry various size units. A few of these companies will ask you for $1 for the first month, and depending on the space $60-300, thereafter. Some of these units are climate controlled, and varying upon the insurance connected with it they can charge an extra $10 to 100 dollars. A word of caution: pay your bill on this one. Defaulting in times like this could result in an auction of your stuff. This example happened to Paris Hilton. Her manager didn’t pay the bill, and she finished up needing to reimburse the storage company, and paying the auctioneer an undisclosed amount of cash legal battle pending (What a kill joy!)
Portable Storage Unit:
A new trend that has been going around, that I have been seeing lately may be the company drops off a portable secure self-storage unit, and then when all your stuff is stored away. You call the business up, unless they have provided for you a romantic date of pick-up. All of your crap is now safe, secure, and in a warehouse awaiting transportation. Pods, 1-800Pack-rat; my favorite just because of the name, Door-to-Door are simply a few of the very mass marketed names that will help in your search.
Create a room
An expensive solution that will ensure all your stuff is safe and sound, is to develop a room above your garage. This only pertains to those individuals who have the area, and is determined by just how much they will able to support on their joists in their garage. This work will likely be sub-contracted out through a general contractor, and depending on how great the contractor is, will regulate how well the work will be done on the reinforcement of the structure of the home, beams, joists that require to be added, permits, CC&R regulations of the housing development, drywall,…blah, blah, blah, yaddi, yaddi yadda. When all is said and done, and when your contractor didn’t convince you that you’ll require some extras, could cost between, 2-12,000 dollars. Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve heard contractors charging more. With respect to the contract, most contractors charge 3-4 times the cost of materials, or charge 10-15% above and beyond what the subcontractor must ask you for, to cover their assets. It is possible to look up your contractor at your neighborhood contractors state board, and if you are in California the Contractor State License Board- CSLB.
One way to make sure that all your stuff will likely be safe and sound, and a great alternative to storing your stuff off sight is, Garage Cabinetry. There are lots of inexpensive realms in this part of the business, and depending on who is suffering in this economy most 2x4x8 (Length x Width x Height) cabinets go for $300.00, that is if they’re built right, and strong enough to handle the abuse within the confines of a garage. Most Cabinet set-ups run between $120-6000.00, perhaps a little more when you are getting a designer garage. You won’t only make all the stuff that you had on the floor ensure it is look pretty, stored away, but enable you to drive you car into the garage.