There are many reasons for needing additional storage: moving to a new place, clearing out additional space in your home, holding onto items for a loved one, downsizing your residence or simply looking for somewhere to put some of your belongings. As you begin to investigate storage options, you'll likely want to know one thing upfront, "How much does storage cost?" The answer will depend on a variety of factors that can influence the cost of self-storage units. Generally, you'll sign a rental agreement and pay by the month. What your self-storage rate is will be influenced by:
How much space you need will play a huge factor in determining your self-storage rent. The only way to determine self-storage rates by size is to call and ask for a quote or check a company's website. Keep in mind that you'll want to have a good idea of how much storage you'll need ahead of time. Many people find it helpful to visit a facility so they can see the actual unit sizes, or you can consult an storage size guide.
Reputable, large storage operators typically offer competitive pricing whether you're in a metropolitan area or a little farther out. If you need constant access to your stored belongings, then a location close to home is always the most convenient storage choice.
Indoor or Outdoor
Outdoor units typically allow for drive up access similar to driving up to a garage entrance. Indoor units are more like apartments. You'll enter through a main door to get into the facility and then you'll walk down an indoor hallway to get to your unit. Reputable self-storage operators will have state of the art security for both storage options.
Reputable self-storage operators provide state of the art security offering you peace of mind with gated access and 24-hour video surveillance.
Convenience may come at a slight price increase. Storage units on the first floor may cost a little more than storage units located on the second floor that require an elevator. These units are very popular with small businesses!
If you are concerned about storing delicate items, it may be worth paying a little more for climate control self storage. Musical instruments such as pianos don't do well in wider temperature ranges.
Depending on the terms of your rental agreement, you may find your overall self-storage price is better than you expected. If you know you are storing for more than a year, paying upfront may also give you an additional discount, so be sure to ask your facility (ezStorage offers the 13th month free if you pay 12 months in advance).
Now that you have a better idea of how self-storage works, you can start to determine which features to look for. You'll also have an idea of features you can inquire about when calling for self-storage price quotes.
You may be able to save money by providing your own storage lock (though be sure to make sure it provides enough security) and packing your belongings strategically to ensure you can rent the smallest unit size you can.