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Facts about the Self-Storage Industry

  • Self-storage industry is continuously growing with about 2.3 billion square feet being used in the United States
  • It has grown faster than any other real-estate related industry and also known as “mom and pop” locations
  • There are currently five publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) which control about 12 percent of the market.
  • Online marketing in the self-storage industry has evolved to include comparison shopping, account management.
  • Approximately 65% of homeowners who have a storage unit have garages, 47% have attics and 33% have basements.
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Everything you need to know about self storage

Self-storage is a viable alternative for housing goods, vehicles, business materials or other items when you have run out of space or need a place to store your overflow. Available in a variety of sizes and styles to fit your needs, a self-storage unit can be considered a great solution for providing extra space storage that is accessible when you need it.

Climate Controlled Storage

Climate controlled self storage units are just that, climate controlled. They are not air conditioned and/or heated. Most of these units are inside big buildings with A/C units for the entire building. Each storage unit has a wire mesh for ceiling which allows the passing of the cooler or heated air. These units keep a comfortable temperature and most importantly keep humidity away which most of the time is the culprit that damages any stored item. Humidity controlled is most important during the summer months and almost all year in the southern part of the United States.

Drive Up Storage

Drive up self storage units are almost always located outside the big building in individual rows and you are able to drive-up right to the roll up door. These units offer convenience to load and unload as well as security as they are located inside a secured area and are monitor by the storage facility security system. These units are not climate controlled therefore you should check the state of your possessions from time to time as weather changes will start to ruin them little by little. Furniture, clothing or anything susceptible to weather changes should not be stored in a drive-up storage unit.

Vehicle Storage

There are 3 types of vehicle storage: enclosed storage unit, covered storage unit or covered parking and uncovered storage space or uncovered parking space.

A enclosed storage unit is nothing more than a drive up unit, large enough to hold a motorcycle, car, boat, trailer or even an RV. A covered parking space is a large space with a roof where several vehicles park one next to the other. This type of covered storage space will protect your vehicle from sun, rain and other weather conditions. An uncovered parking spaces is just a spot on the facility’s yard to park your vehicle. If you rent an uncovered parking space, you should take the necessary precautions to protect your vehicle from the weather.

Typical Uses for a Self Storage Unit

There are a large number of uses for storage units. This is why the self-storage industry has been growing exponentially in the last decade. Many storage facilities are being built throughout the United States to address the demand for storage units, specially in larger, congested areas or big cities. Below is a list of some of the most common uses for a self-storage unit.

Moving

Self storage is widely used when moving because it offers a stable and safe solution to an otherwise painful process, moving is never fun and it takes a lot of planning. When you are moving to a new house or apartment you should consider using a self storage unit because there is most likely one nearby, they are secure and there is no long term commitment, and best of all, you can rent them one to month.

College summer break

College summer break is always a fun as well as a stressful time for college students. You must move out of your college dorm and take everything you have with you. This is not a problem if you live within driving distance, but what about if you live across the county, or worst, outside the continental US. Self storage can take the headache out of this entire process, it allows students to leave their things in a secure student storage unit near campus during these summer months. This works well because self-storage does not have long term commitments, you can rent your unit month to month.

Downsizing

As time passes and the kids move away, relocating to a smaller home has become a trend. As you age, or worst, are forced to take salary cuts, a smaller home or apartment will help you save in rent or mortgage payments. The problem is what to do with all those things that once use to fill up a larger home. Rent a storage unit near you to help you sort things out, they are not expensive and with flexible rental terms you can take your time to decide what to keep, what to sell, what to give to family and friends and what to throw away. You can keep your personal storage unit for as long as you want.

Renovating

When you renovate or refurbish a room or an entire house you are forced to find additional space to store your furniture and other items while the work takes place. A storage unit can help you solve the problem to keep your things securely stored in a storage facility near you. Renovating or remodeling your home (or even a room) can help you improve your quality of life and increase your home’s value. Don’t let the lack of extra space storage deter you from achieving your goal.

Emergencies

Self storage can be a quick and reliable solution when an unexpected emergency derails your life temporarily. A death in the family or a natural disaster will definitely disrupt your life but it should not deter you from moving forward and fighting on. A self storage facility near you has the available extra space to help you store your possessions for as long a you need. Storage unit prices are relatively low and they do not require long term commitments.

Divorce

Marriages start and end, that is just a fact of life. If you suddenly find yourself having to leave your home and take your precious possessions with you, rent a storage unit at a facility near you. This will release the pressure of not knowing what to do with your stuff and will give you time to concentrate on what matters most, either try to save your marriage or move on with your life.

Self storage is commonly confused with the following services:

There are a few similar services that are sometimes confused with self storage. Storage lockers, storage sheds and portable storage.

Storage lockers

Storage lockers are often found in apartment buildings in the big metropolitan areas but sometimes they are also found in self storage facilities. They are smaller in size and often cost less than a regular storage unit. Most storage lockers are about 5x5 feet and can be 5 or 4 feet tall except in apartment buildings which can reach up to 7 feet tall.

Storage sheds

A storage shed can be installed in someone’s property and can be purchased in easy to assemble kits from your local home improvement store, but it should not be confused with a self storage unit. Storage sheds can help alleviate the need for extra space storage and sometimes is a viable alternative to self storage. If you plan to use a storage unit for a long period of time, a storage shed can definitely save you money.

Portable storage

Portable storage is also known as mobile storage. There are several nationwide companies that offer this service. Portable containers emulate a self storage unit with the difference that they are dropped off to your location and then picked up for storage at a warehouse somewhere. These are convenient if you are not going to need any of the items stored for a period of time. These mobile storage units often have delivery and pick up charges but can be very convenient if you are moving as they can be delivered to your new home.

Is there an easy way to find self-storage units near me?

Since phone books are a thing of the past, and driving around to find one will cost you money and time, the best way to find a cheap storage unit is through a self storage marketplace. This is where EZstorit comes into play.

While in the EZstorit platform, just enter the city or zip code on the search bar and we will show you all the self-storage facilities near you. These facilities will often times offer you better deals if you reserve your unit online and give you specials like first month free and $1 for the first month. We are proud to say that ”we make self storage easy.”

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Is there an easy way to choose from different storage options?

Finding a storage facility near you is the first step, from there you will need to choose your unit size and all the amenities for your needs.

Storage units come in different sizes and most of them are between 8 and 9 feet in height.

A 5 x 5 (25 sq ft) unit will hold the items of a small closet. Here you can store boxes, luggage and some small furniture. College students rent these units most often and sometimes two or three students share the unit for enhanced savings.

A 5 x 10 (50 sq ft) unit will hold the items of one bedroom of a studio apartment. You can store a bed, a couch a small chest and a couple of nightstands plus some boxes. If the unit has outside access or if a drive-up unit, you can also store a motorcycle or two, make sure you check with management first, there might be special requirements to store a motorcycle.

A 10 x 10 (100 sq ft) unit is one of the most common sizes in any storage facility. This unit can accommodate the contents of a normal two-bedroom apartment or one-bedroom house. If you are moving or just remodeling, this unit size will be perfect to temporarily store your possessions.

What is the cost of a 10x10 storage unit?

A 10x10 unit will cost you somewhere between $75.00 to $125.00 depending the area you are located; this includes the price for a non-climate as well as a climate-controlled unit.

A 10 x 15 (150 sq ft) unit is considered a large storage unit ideal for storing items from a two to three-bedroom apartment or house. These units are almost always 8 feet tall and you can stack up furniture, boxes, etc.
These units also can help you store a small car or boat, just remember that car storage or boat storage have a different set of rules and you should consult your facility manager before renting a unit for this purpose.

What is the cost of a 10x15 storage unit?

A 10x15 unit will cost you somewhere between $125.00 to $150.00 depending the area you are located; this includes the price for a non-climate as well as a climate-controlled unit. If you want to store a motorcycle an extra fee may apply.

A 10 x 20 (200 sq ft) unit is another large storage unit capable of holding the items of a 4-bedroom house. These units as well as 10 x 30 (300 sq ft) units are not that common therefore not available on all self-storage facilities. These units can also help you store any type of vehicle including a recreational vehicle. For RV storage you should consult with your facility manager before renting a unit for that purpose.

What is the cost of a 10x20 storage unit?

A 10x20 unit will cost you somewhere between $175.00 to $200.00 depending the area you are located; this includes the price for a non-climate as well as a climate-controlled unit. Extra fees may apply if you plan to store any type of vehicle.


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