Renting a Self Storage Unit

In today’s world, self-service storage units are becoming the norm. Unlike traditional, larger storage containers, self-storage units offer smaller spaces, such as containers, lockers or rooms. Yet, last year the industry earned nearly 40 billion dollars. So, what makes self storage so popular?

If you need to reorganize your home, store holiday and seasonal items and have no space at home, sold a property or are moving and need to store some of your belongings, a self-storage unit may be the perfect solution.

Learn more about the types of self-storage units, additional features and costs below.

Types of Self-Storage Units

There are several different types of self-storage units you can rent. Some of the most popular are:

Climate-Controlled Self Storage

In this type of unit, humidity and temperature are controlled so your belongings are not damaged by weather conditions or excess of heat. Climate-controlled self-storage units are typically inside storage. They're especially useful for storing antiques or old furniture.

Outside Storage

This type of storage is very useful for storing belongings that don't require too much attention, such as work tools, garden furniture, fishing equipment, industrial materials and machinery, etc. It will remain dry, away from natural elements, but it's not climate controlled. 

Portable Container Storage

Companies such as PODS provide this type of service, where they basically bring the container to you, you fill it up and then you call back to have them removed and stored in their warehouse. Access to your belongings is more restricted, though, so it might not be the best option if you use it for business. Also, there are no climate-controlled units.

You can find special discounts and offers in self-storage for businesses and students.

Additional Features

Some of the additional features self-storage companies offer, include:
  • Premium security: some include 24-hour video surveillance, individual doors with locks, intruder alarms, guards and police monitors that alert law enforcement in case of an incident.
  • Quality customer service: some companies provide discounted moving supplies, moving and transportation service, flexible scheduling and 24/7 customer support to answer any questions you may have.
  • Wifi and cold drinks
  • Mobile access: many operators are opting for apps and devices that allow tenants to get to their units without using keyboards.
  • Online rentals: in-person transactions are becoming less frequent. Now, many companies are opting for conducting their business online, and tenants can now pay monthly bills online or via mobile apps.

How much does a self-storage unit cost?

Storage costs vary depending mainly on the size of the unit and the features it has (if it's climate-controlled, drive-up access, indoor units, wifi, electricity, 24-hour access, etc.), as well as the time you rent it for (if it's seasonal, the cost may vary.)

In general, standard storage units cost between $80 and $100 per month. The larger the size or the more features the unit has, the pricier it will be. However, some companies offer first-month-free deals, so make sure you ask around and compare different storage companies.

The need for self-storage space has become necessary and the rentals can be acquired on a short-term basis. Renting from month-to-month can be a perfect fit for those in transition. Last year it was estimated that there were over 50,000 storage companies in America.