It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer, and all we want to do is sit around and play hockey. But wait, is it really that time already? Hasn’t winter already sneaked up on us? Didn’t we just have summer?
Well, maybe not everywhere, but here in Canada winter has well and truly sprung, and now is the time to stock up on hockey gear. But which is the best way to store and transport your hockey gear? Is it better to rent a storage unit or should you buy a new van or SUV?
We compared the prices of renting vs buying a van to find out what is the best solution for you.
Renting A Storage Unit
Let’s start with the most basic and least expensive solution first: renting a storage unit. We looked into the prices of unit rentals in three different regions in Canada (Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia) and compared them to the prices of vans. We found that in all three regions, the price of a storage unit was similar or lower than the price of a vehicle. This makes renting a storage unit a great option for people on a budget or those who want to store lots of hockey gear for a game or event. Simply enter your zip code below to find local storage unit prices near you.
Van Owning And Maintaining
Moving up the cost scale a little, we looked into the prices of purchasing and maintaining a van. One of the main advantages of owning your own van is that you can ensure it is well-maintained and in good condition. You can also store your gear in the back of the van, which gives you more space than most storage units. For example, if you have a six-foot storage unit, you might not be able to fit all of your hockey gear in there. In that case, you could rent a van and have all of the room you need to store your hockey gear. But the price of this piece of equipment is usually quite high. In addition to the price tag, you have to consider the cost of gas and wear and tear on the vehicle. Owning a van can also be quite difficult as it requires a lot of work. It’s not just about driving around looking for parking spaces; you have to take care of the vehicle as well. This is why we recommend renting storage units rather than owning one.
Which One Is Cheaper?
Moving away from the van for a moment, let’s compare the cost of building and owning a storage unit to the cost of renting one. We looked into the price of a 20-foot storage unit and compared it to the price of a self-storage unit. In most cases, building a storage unit is cheaper than renting one. However, if you want the best flexibility and are planning on moving a lot of gear, then renting a storage unit is the way to go. Simply enter your zip code below to find local prices for both options near you.
A Good Investment?
Although building a storage unit is cheaper than renting one, that doesn’t mean it’s a good investment. There are several reasons why building a storage unit is not a good idea. For one thing, most storage units require a lot of maintenance, and since they are built from raw materials, they can be very expensive to fix. In some cases, the cost of repairing or replacing a storage unit can be higher than the price you paid for it in the first place. Another disadvantage is that if you want to sell your storage unit later on, you will have to pay a lot in fees and taxes. Many storage units have a lot of restrictions as to what you can and cannot do with the unit, and you will have to comply with those restrictions if you want to sell it. In conclusion, we can say that renting a storage unit is a cost-effective option for people who want to store lots of sports gear and don’t have a lot of money to invest in a new piece of equipment. Just make sure you are aware of all the rules and regulations pertaining to that type of storage unit. Otherwise, you might find yourself in a bit of a pickle. Better to be safe than sorry, right?
Which Is The Most Suitable Van For My Needs?
So you want to buy a van because you want to store your hockey gear. Great! We looked into the prices of different vans and compared them to the prices of storage units. This is a question that you need to ask yourself before buying a van. Are you planning on using it mostly for commuting to and from work or are you planning on using it for storage purposes? There are several things to consider. For example, if you are planning on using it for storage purposes, then you should look for a van that has a lot of space behind the seats. You don’t want to be cramped when you are trying to move some big boxes. In addition to that, you should also check the size of the driver’s seat and the front passengers’ seat. If you are planning on using the van for commuting, then you should look for a model with some luxury. Find a van that suits your needs and budget.
One Last Thing
As we mentioned before, renting a storage unit is more cost-effective than buying a van. But what if you don’t want to store your hockey gear for long and are just looking for a place to store it for the season? You should consider renting a locker at the hockey rink then. They will be able to provide you with a lockable storage space that will be much cheaper than buying your own van. Simply enter your zip code below to find the closest location to you.