Moving to a smaller home, you will face a challenge in storing old or damaged furniture, or some specific household items that you don’t need regularly. Rent a storage unit to safely store them. A storage unit not only helps you safely keep household items but also gives extra space at home. And how much does a storage unit cost?
I have seen many people who are interested in hiring a storage unity but they are afraid that it costs very high. So does a storage unit cost high? We here discuss different storage unit quotes and I am confident you will find it useful.
How much a storage unit cost?
Giving a straight answer to this question is tricky. You know why? There is no fixed cost but different companies quote differently for storage units based on their size, location, and features.
Storage unit average monthly price range
Rent per month
Standard storage unit
Climate-controlled storage unit
Storage units are of two types
There are two types of storage facilities
- interior (or indoor)
- drive-up access (a.k.a. outdoor)
Interior or indoor storage units are located inside a larger building, which means they are more secure than outdoor units. Indoor storage units are pest resistant and can be climate-controlled. Hence, they are better for valuable or fragile items.
Outdoor units are more akin to garages. They are drive-up access storage facilities and you can park your vehicle right up to the space to unload. But the storage may lack certain amenities like electrical access and climate control.
Location and features decide the cost factor
A monthly storage facility quote can be anything between $60 to $225 based on the location, the size of the unit, and whether or not the unit is climate-controlled. The cost mayfluctuate based on the location and hence you need to consider the city while preparing the cost estimate.
Factors that impact the storage unit quote
Not just the city but even the location within the city has got an impact on the storage unit cost. For example, a company’s storage facility quote in Los Angeles will be higher than in a small town in California.
- Self-service storage
Since there will not be a vehicle to transport your goods to the storage unit it will cost less than a normal storage unit. This is fine if you have a car or a truck.
- Seasonal demand
The storage facility quotes go high by the end of summer when people stash things like water sports vehicles away for the winter. The more in demand storage units are, the higher will be storage facility quotes.
- Climate-control feature
In my opinion, household items like a TV or a computer require climate-controlled storage units, especially in areas with extreme temperatures. Climate control secures the organic materials in your furniture and clothes from humidity and heat and your electronics from the cold. Though the storage unit quote will be a little higher, the expensive items will be safe inside.
A comparison of storage unit prices
Storage unit size
Average self-storage price (per month)
5’ x 5’
Few boxes, one or two furniture items
5’ x 10'
Seasonal items (e.g., lawn mowers, boxes of Halloween decorations)
10’ x 10’
A few rooms’ worth of stuff
10’ x 15’ and 10’ x 20’
An entire home’s worth of stuff; cars, boats, ATVs, or motorcycles
Storage unit with insurance cost high
It is better to insure a storage unit against any damage or loss of the property. You indeed need to shell out more for a storage unit with insurance, but that guarantees against a loss or damage.
Storage unit quotes depend upon multiple factors. But it is better to hire a storage facility as it saves space at home and keep your items safe for a long period.