If you are thinking about getting a self-storage unit for your stuff, chances are you are wondering how you can make sure you get a deal.

Storage unit prices can vary widely depending on where you live, ranging between an average of $51.84 a month in Montgomery, AL to $157.61 a month in San Francisco, CA. But no matter where you live, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to shave some of the cost off your monthly bill.

1. Find New Construction

If you’re trying to find the lowest price, look to rent at newly built storage facilities.

Because they’re new and have lower occupancy, they’ll be running special promotions to get more people in the door. Chances are you’ll find a lower price at new facilities compared to ones that already have a rotating customer base.

2. Rent During the Slow Season

In the storage industry, the “slow season” is categorized as the fall and winter months. You’ll likely find better deals and promotions if you’re renting during this time compared to the busy summer months when every college student and mover is vying for storage space.

3. Pick Amenities Wisely

The more amenities your unit has, the higher your monthly rent will be. Climate control alone will raise your rent by 30-50%. Cut down on cost by picking a unit that accommodates your exact needs, and nothing more.

4. Choose the Right Size Unit

The number one culprit of overpaying for storage is getting the wrong size storage unit. Make sure you do your research before committing to a unit – ask the facility if you’re unsure. There are also tons of great resources online that can help you figure out what fits into each unit size.

5. Take Advantage of Discounts

Many storage facilities offer discounts for military, college students, seniors and organizations. Be sure to take advantage of these deals, you might save 10 percent to 15 percent on monthly rent. For example, AAA members can get one month free and a $20 Amazon gift card when they book storage at a participating facility through SpareFoot.

6. Bundle Your Services

Sometimes, you can actually save money by getting storage in a bundle. For example, look for facilities that offer storage and a moving truck.

If you’re moving a lot of things, or don’t want to rent a truck, you can also look into Full-Service Storage, where the storage provider will come pick up your stuff and transport it to a secure storage facility for you – and then bring it back whenever you want. This can often be a more cost effective way to do long-term storage, because you don’t have to worry about renting and driving a truck, hiring moving labor, and essentially get your time back.

7. Use SpareFoot.com

SpareFoot lists all the storage facilities near you, show you their prices, deals, amenities, customer reviews all of the things that you care about to make a good decision on storage…and lets you compare them side by side. Comparing prices online allows you to save time and be confident you are getting the best price available for the unit you need.

Article originally published August 8, 2013, and was updated April 18, 2017.

Alexander Harris