It can be difficult to find the perfect practice pad for your band. Your neighbors may be tired of hearing the noise from the garage, or worse, you may have a home owner's association that bans the noise from your jam sessions. It can be even more difficult to find a practice location if you live in an apartment. Fortunately, there is a low-cost solution, and it's likely located just down the road from you.
Self storage units can provide the perfect practice pad. There are no residents actually living in the units, so it's unlikely that you will disturb anyone. Some storage facilities even have dedicated band or rehearsal units.
Finding a Unit
Not all storage units are created equal when it comes to creating a rehearsal location. You need to find one that meets the following criteria:
Located in an industrial or business area. You don't want to rent in a residential area where your jam sessions could disturb others.
Access to electricity, preferably within in the unit.
A parking location onsite for the band members.
Secure and preferably climate controlled.
Be Upfront With Management
Don't try and sneak your jam sessions past the management or facility owners. Before signing the contract, make sure that the management has no issues with the unit being used as a practice pad. Being honest can pay off. For example, the management may make sure you get one of the few units with electrical access.
Being honest can also help you avoid an eviction later. If management lives onsite, they may not want a band practicing nearby. They may also decide the units aren't for rehearsal for a variety of other reasons. Being honest lets you find a unit that will work in the long-term, not just until you get caught.
Follow the Rules
This includes any facility rules and any specific rules aimed at bands. These rules generally include not giving out access codes, limiting after-hours visits, and parking in allowed areas.
Facilities may also have specific rules for rehearsal usage. These may include specific allowed practice hours, keeping fire safety equipment on hand, not bringing guests onsite, and carrying storage insurance.
You can go further by taking steps to protect the unit. Laying carpet on the ground and tacking to the walls protects surfaces from damage and helps dampen the noise. Make sure your instruments are unplugged before you leave, and lock up tight. Doing your part to keep the facility safe benefits both the other renters and protects your equipment.
To learn more, contact a self storage company like University Self Storage.