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. Choose the Right Size Unit
The number one culprit of overpaying for storage is getting the wrong size storage unit. The most popular storage size is a 10′ x 10′ unit, which is about the same size as a one-car garage and can hold the contents of two bedrooms. But, make sure you do your research before committing to a unit by checking out our guide for choosing the right size storage unit.
2. 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 10-15% percent on monthly rent. For example, AAA members can get an exclusive discount, but if you aren’t a AAA member you can also search for storage units with a first month free discount on Sparefoot.
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. 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.
5. 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.
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.