With the cost of rent being very high in some areas, it may have crossed your mind that living and sleeping in a much cheaper storage unit would be great. That’s where you’d be wrong, as there are a number of reasons why you shouldn’t do just that. Suffice to say it’s not recommended, and let’s take a look at why that is the case.
You Will Be Found
We say that you will be found purely because almost all storage unit leases have clauses relating to loitering or living in your unit. With gate codes, security cameras and management keeping an eye on things, it’s unlikely that no one will notice you. If you do get found, you and your things will be removed from the facility.
Even if you disregard that you will be found, living and sleeping in a storage unit is not comfortable. You may be thinking, “but what if I have something to sleep on?” That would help, but it wouldn’t change the fact that not all units are climate-controlled. Those units are very hot in the summer and freezing during the summer. The climate-controlled units may be slightly better, however, both leave you in a dark place with no windows. This, combined with limited access to electricity and water, can make for poor living conditions.
Many storage units have doors that roll upwards, and these types of doors cannot typically be opened from the inside. Because of this, a person living inside of a unit would have to leave it slightly ajar so they could get out. While this may not seem bad, those who work at storage facilities think differently. It is their job to keep people’s belongings safe. If they see a door ajar, they will typically close and put a new lock on it, assuming someone forgot. If someone is inside that unit, that means they can no longer get out. Naturally, this situation can lead to a variety of different problems.
The takeaway from all of this is that living, or even temporarily sleeping, in a storage unit is not safe. It’s uncomfortable, and you won’t get away with it. If you are looking for a self storage rental for your belongings (and not yourself, personally), contact Noah’s Ark!