These days, the self-storage industry is experiencing a serious boom. Seems like there are facilities on every other corner in most cities. But what’re the real reasons so many people are choosing to store their stuff? A recent survey found that 41 percent of storage unit renters said they needed storage for moving and 17 percent said they used storage to declutter homes or apartments. 

Here are some other reasons storage units are so popular in today’s market: 

  1. Making room during a home renovation. Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen and bath or adding a brand new dormer to your home, it will likely take longer than you think. In the meantime, you’ll need to empty the space so your contractors can work unencumbered—and find a way to safeguard your belongings. That’s why many people opt for off-premises storage until the project is complete.

  2. Work-related subletting. In this gig-economy, people go where the work is. Freelance opportunities abound for a variety of workers, from drivers and cooks to web developers and photographers. While workers often provide services from home, there are times when opportunities take you away from home for long periods of time. Which begs the questions, should I sublet my NYC apartment furnished or should I clear it out? Either way, what will happen to my stuff? Enter self-storage units.

  3. Readying a home for an open house. Is the playroom full of kids toys and doggie beds? Got spare bags of cat litter in the bathroom? Many homes are chock full of stuff that won’t fit in when staging a home for sale. Luckily, realtors are usually a great resource when looking for the perfect local, small storage facility to keep the clutter elsewhere while showing the house to potential buyers.

  4. A glitch in the closing. If your current lease is up the 31st of this month, but your closing date was moved to the 7th of next month, a storage unit can be a real godsend. As much of a pain in the neck as it might be to move not once, but twice, you’ll be confident your belongings are intact just waiting for your return.

Have a reason of your own? Contact the experts at Gotham Mini Storage for a secure, climate-controlled facility to house all your belongings you just can’t find space for elsewhere.