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How Much Does Storage Cost?

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There are many reasons for needing self-storage. Some of the most common include:

  • Moving to a new place
  • Clearing out space in your home
  • Holding onto items for a loved one
  • Downsizing your home
  • Or looking for a secure place to put cherished belongings

How Much Does Storage Cost?

As you check out your storage options, your first question is likely to be, “How much does storage cost?” The answer will depend on a variety of factors. There are many personal factors that influence storage rates, such as:


How much space you need plays a huge factor in determining how much your storage will cost. Determine self-storage rates for the sizes you care about by calling for a quote. Some companies have prices listed on their website.

Keep in mind that you’ll want to have a good idea of how much storage you’ll need ahead of time. Many find using a storage size guide helpful for estimating storage unit size. The only way to know for certain that a unit size is right for you is to see it in person.


Reputable, large storage operators sometimes offer competitive pricing. Most renters find competitive pricing in and around a metropolitan region. While a farther drive could get you a lower rate, a better location will make frequent access easier.

If you need quick access to your belongings, a storage facility near you is the best option. If you need more space on a budget, a farther drive can help.

Indoor or Outdoor

Outdoor units allow for drive up access. Drive up access is like driving up to a garage door. You can load and unload with ease, with your vehicle a few paces from the door!

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 companies will have both options. Make sure the facility has ample indoor and outdoor security before renting.


Reputable self-storage companies offer fundamental security features at their facilities. Look for gated access and 24-hour surveillance as must-haves.


Convenience drives up the cost of storage units. Storage units on the first floor tend to cost more than those located on upper stories. These first floor storage units are very popular with small businesses!

Climate Control

Storing delicate items? Paying a little extra for climate controlled storage units might make sense. A range of items are best-suited for climate control. Read our guide to climate control for more information.

Rental Agreement

Check the terms of your rental agreement! Some companies allow you to receive a discount for paying in advance. If you know you are storing for at least a year, ezStorage will give you the 13th month free. Paying the 12 months in advance pays off in the end!

Other Considerations

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 to ask about when calling for price quotes on self-storage units. You have all the tools and tips to calculate the cost of storage units!

Before you go, here are two tips to help you save money on storage rates. First, bring your own storage lock and save on moving supply expenses. Make sure the lock is quality and will provide enough security before using!

Second, make sure to pack your items in an efficient manner. Being smart in your approach will help you rent the smallest size possible.

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