Location, location, location…that’s the name of the game in real estate right? Where your home is located has a major impact on your price per square foot in most cases. When watching any of those home finding shows on TV the real estate agent always asks the people what they want out of a dream home and at the end of the episode the people tell which home they bought and explain what sacrifices had to be made. Well, one good thing is that while home storage space might be on your wish list, it can be the one you sacrifice first. Why? Because there are so many great storage facilities throughout the country to give you all the space you need.
For example, on one episode of the many home finding shows that I’m addicted to, a couple ended up buying a boat as their retirement home instead of one of the other actual on-dry-land structures they were shown. I was shocked because other than one tiny closet, there was NO HOME STORAGE space on that boat! However, they were docked juts minutes from a major city, so I’m sure they put all of their regular stuff–that you can’t just get rid of–in a conveniently located storage unit.
A friend, not somebody I saw on TV, fell in love with a home in our neighborhood, but like I complain about all of the time, there is no home storage space in these style homes. We have no attic or basement meaning that all of our home storage has to be in the garage or in the closets. Thankfully she decided to move in this area anyway because even though we live in a relatively remote beach town, we do have many storage facilities in the area. All of her extra kids’ stuff, sporting equipment, and seasonal items happily sit in a self storage unit about a mile away.
Lastly, you can have everything you want (well, as long as you can afford it) without ever having to worry about home storage space no matter where you live. You can have that amazing apartment downtown and have all of the clothes, shoes, and whatnot that you want AND have that great classic car or motorcycle you’ve always wanted because there are storage facilities all over the place. Storage facilities are especially prevalent in cities. No parking? No problem. You can keep your extra vehicle in a secure storage unit up the road. No closet space? No problem. You can still have all of the stuff you’d want in a full suburban home–it just has to be kept at a local storage facility.
Basically, don’t sacrifice your dream living situation for fears of lack of functional space. That couple that lived on a boat was revisited months later after they moved in and they STILL LOVED IT. My friend doesn’t mind going to the storage unit once a season to swap out clothes and home decor. And I’m sure that anybody who keeps a motorcycle in a downtown storage unit enjoys that as well. Keep in mind that a storage unit can give you a lot of freedom and flexibility when it comes to finding a new home. Concerns over home storage can practically be non-existent.