Have you ever come home from a long day at work and not feel the peace you expected? The first thing to meet you as you came up the drive was a bicycle laying in the grass—which needed cut—and overflowing trash cans. Inside, dishes filled the sink, shoes lay strewn about the entryway, and toys decorated the living room floor. Studies show that cluttered spaces cause depression, anxiety, and lack of focus. And all of this steals our peace. “Dealing with clutter and living a more organized life,” said Nealey Stapleton, a professional organizer from northern Virginia and owner of The Organizing Boutique, “is super important for our health, both mental and physical.”
Self Storage is a waste of cash.
Usually when we flush, it’s to get rid of stuff we’d rather not keep around. But why flush your hard-earned cash down a self-storage unit? That same cash could have your treasures in a top-notch shed in your backyard.
We understand that for some people, self-storage is their only option. The maintenance crew at your college will probably not be thrilled if you park a storage shed just outside your dorm. And most condo balconies are not spacious enough to accommodate a mini-barn.
But if that’s not you, renting-to-own a shed will be your perfect solution:
- organize your life
- protect your stuff
- save your cash
- keep your treasures at home
Best of all, when the rental period is done–the shed is yours to keep.
Consider the advantages of either method:
|You go to your storage unit. Your treasures are across town.||Your storage unit is brought to you. Your treasures are in your back yard.|
|No backyard space is needed.||You must have a yard for the shed.|
|Climate-controlled units available, but are more expensive.||Climate-controlled units available, but are more expensive.|
|After 36 months of renting, all you have is your stuff.||After 36 months of RTO, you have your own shed.|
|Rental cost continues indefinitely.||After 36 months of RTO (or maybe sooner) the shed is yours.|
|Subject to rent increases.||No rent increases if RTO (or no rent at all if you purchase!)|
|Your stuff is subject to auction if you don’t pay your rent.||If your are renting (RTO), the shed simply gets picked up if you stop payments. You keep your stuff. No auctions.|
|Maintenance provided by owner.||Low maintenance (if you purchase a quality shed).|
|Access your storage unit during posted hours.||Access your storage unit 24-7.|
|You must remember your access code to get inside the gate.||What’s an access code?|
Outdoor (not climate-controlled) 10×10 self-storage units run around $98/mo.
Storage Shed RTO Cost
A similar size storage shed from Bylers, built precisely to your specs and delivered to your back yard, would cost $90-120 a month to rent–and after 36 months, it’s yours to keep.
To start planning and stop flushing, download our free Shed Buying Guide.