Storage unit prices depend on a number of factors. These include the type of item being stored, the length of time, what type of unit is being leased, and more.
Whether you’re in the middle of downsizing, are looking for a temporary storage solution for while you’re between homes, or need a long-term storage solution, continue reading to learn more about storage rental prices and what storage solutions are available to you.
How Much Does a Storage Unit Cost
So how much is a storage unit per month, exactly? The approximate monthly storage cost (for a small unit) is around $90, while a medium-sized unit may run you around $160, and a large unit will land somewhere around $300 per month.
Of course, these numbers are highly variable and can change depending on a number of factors — discussed in the following sections.
6 Factors That Affect the Price of Storage Units
What are the factors that play into the overall cost of storage units? Here are six of the primary factors that affect the cost of storage units.
1. Facility Location
Where your storage unit is located in many cases determines the price tag. If your unit is located in the downtown area, it will generally be more expensive than if it’s in a more rural warehouse.
2. Unit Size
Another factor at play in determining the monthly cost of your unit is its size. The bigger the unit, the higher the price tag will be. In the Seattle area, most small units (5×10-feet) will be around $90, while 10×10 units may be around $160, and large units (10×20) will be around $300 a month.
3. Seasonality & Availability
Peak moving season begins in April and ends in September each year (it’s been estimated that 80% of relocations occur during these months).
Due to the high demand for storage units during peak season, you will likely find that there is a distinct rise in monthly costs during these months.
To avoid this price rise, try to book your storage unit during the off-seasons.
4. Climate-Controlled Unit
Climate-controlled storage units are necessary for many items.
Whether you’re storing furniture, artwork, appliances, or documents, climate-controlled units are a must-have.
Due to demand, climate controlled storage units are generally priced slightly higher than non-climate-controlled units, though this shouldn’t deter you from opting for a climate-controlled unit if your items require it.
5. Occupancy Duration
The duration of your lease may affect the overall price as some unit prices decrease if occupants are committed to leasing them for a longer period of time. For example, if you are renting your unit for only a month or on a month-to-month basis, your unit price will likely be higher than someone who signs a year-long lease agreement.
6. Unit Insurances
Another factor that affects storage cost is insurance. The majority of storage facilities require renters to have some type of rental insurance or homeowners insurance. Often, this insurance can be purchased through the storage facility which may provide a slight discount. This is something to keep in mind when you are totaling up the cost of what your storage unit is going to run you.
3 Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing a Unit
Don’t Opt For The Cheaper Unit. As you’re selecting your storage unit, keep in mind that cheaper isn’t necessarily better. A cheaper storage facility could mean lower quality, a facility without amenities, or a less secure warehouse.
Tour The Facility Before Committing. You should never make a lease agreement without first touring the storage facility.
Discuss The Lease Agreement With A Staff Member. Understanding the full extent of the lease agreement is paramount to ensuring that you don’t end up with surprise costs when you terminate your lease.
Get In Touch With a Professional Storage Unit Warehouse Today
If you are ready to get the professional storage solutions that you need, get in touch with On The Go Moving today. Our flexible storage solutions and services ensure that you’re able to have the simplest relocation of your life. Not only can our team help you find the type of unit that fits your needs, we can also assist you with packing and moving your belongings to your unit.
To learn more about our available storage units or storage services, get in touch with On The Go Moving today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you transition into your new phase of life.