Self Storage Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is self storage?
Self storage, also known as self-service storage, is where you rent a space to store your stuff on a month-to-month basis. This is a popular storage solution for many because self storage gives people more control over what is put in their units and how their items are arranged.
2. Why use self storage?
Self storage is great for downsizing, moving, or relocating. If you want to keep certain items safe, but don’t have the room in your home or apartment, self storage is great for storing special items and mementos. Self storage also allows people to have some extra space around their home or office.
3. How much does self storage cost?
Storage unit prices vary on the size of the unit. Larger storage units will cost more than smaller units. The length of how long you rent a storage unit will also factor in pricing. To learn more about pricing and which units are available in your area, check out our Find A Space & Reserve Now page.
4. How secure is my storage unit?
We highly recommend getting your own lock and key for your storage unit. This will ensure that your belongings are secure, thus giving you some peace of mind. Be sure that any keys you give out are to people you trust.
5. Do you offer storage insurance and do I need it?
Yes, we have storage insurance available at each one of our facilities across the nation. We would highly recommend getting insurance because you never when something unexpected might happen, such as a fire, earthquake, or other natural disaster and it’s wise to protect yourself and items.
6. How long do I need to sign up for storage?
Our units are on a month-to-month basis. Your rental with us can be as long or a short as you need it to be.
7. How efficient is a climate controlled storage unit?
Most storage units range between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the area and season. Each situation is different, but if you live in a high humidity area, the temperatures are prone to drop (32 degrees or lower) or rise (90+ degrees), or you will be storing items for a long period, you may want to consider a climate controlled storage unit. Learn more about our Climate Controlled Units.
8. What is the busy season for self-storage?
Every location is different, but in most cases, the spring and summer months are the busiest. This is when most college kids are out for the summer and looking for a place to store their items or people are moving or being deployed and need to store their stuff.
9. What’s the biggest hassle with self-storage?
While we strive to make the process as simple as possible, there are sometimes struggles that come with self-storage. The biggest hassle people run into is not knowing how much space they need to store their items. To help give you a better idea of how much storage you’ll need for your stuff, check out our Size Guide.
10. How should I choose a self-storage facility?
As with any company, we highly recommend that you do your research. Ask around, compare rates, meet the property manager, and find out the gate or office hours. The more information you have going in, the better you’ll be able to make a decision on which self-storage facility best fits your needs and lifestyle. You’ll find much of this information on our website, but it can be beneficial to contact us, and we’ll gladly answer all your questions.
11. How can I best utilize space in a self-storage unit?
Don’t get a small unit and try to cram everything inside. You can end up damaging your belongings this way, especially when it comes to loading or unloading. This can cost you more money in the long run. As you set up your storage space. put things you won’t need access to for a while in the back of the storage shed. Try to store things upright, if possible. Avoid stacking things too high; items sometimes shift in storage. Put heavy and valuable items in bins on the bottom of stacks. If you’re putting bookcases into storage, you can use this as additional storage space.
12. What are the best boxes to use for storage?
The answer depends on how long you’re planning on using the storage unit. If it’s for a short time, cardboard boxes will work fine. However, cardboard deteriorates very quickly compared to plastic containers. If you’re going to be using storage for a long time, plastic storage boxes are your best bet. Be sure they are sturdy and stack easily. You may also want to invest in a dust cover for short term storage.