Sometime customers come to us and need to store their items for one or just a few nights as they transition between homes, usually due to the timing issues associated with purchasing a new home. In those circumstances we can provide short term overnight storage in a locked truck. The costs for this service can be found on our Rates page. Below we have tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about storage facilities by our customers, because we know that finding storage can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. Before you start looking for storage units near you, take a moment to review our guide below. It should help you find the right solution! If you are specifically looking for guidance on what will fit inside a certain size storage unit, click here.
FINDING THE RIGHT SELF STORAGE UNIT FOR YOUR NEEDS
Choosing the right size storage unit is important, so complete these three easy steps as a guideline to figure out which size storage unit is your best fit:
Step One: Make a quick list of items you plan to store, including furniture, appliances, and any awkwardly shaped items that will not be packed in boxes.
Step Two: Estimate how many boxes you will place in your storage unit.
Step Three: Use our visual Storage Unit Size Guide below to assess which storage option is right for your personal storage needs. You’ll see what fits in a wide range of storage units, and you’ll also gain some great ideas for packing your storage unit.
WHAT ARE COMMON REASONS FOR RENTING A STORAGE UNIT?
Moving:Storing possessions while moving to a new home, transitioning between leases, living in temporary housing, or relocating across the country are some of the most common reasons for renting self storage.
Life Transitions: Reduce Stress During Tough Times. Whether it’s divorce, downsizing for retirement, or caring for a family member’s estate, storage can ease the burden when sudden life changes arise.
Decluttering: Stay Organized & Get More Space. Sometimes removing items from makes you feel more in control of your situation.
Additional Vehicles: Recreational vehicles, classic cars, motorcycles, hand-me-down cars, commercial vans, and other vehicles can be stored safely at a storage facility, freeing up driveway or garage space at home or the office.
Renovating: Avoid Clutter While Working on Your Project. Remodeling a home or office can take several weeks or months and may require you to move furniture and appliances out of the way. Moving these items to a storage unit temporarily is a convenient solution.
Business Operations: Accommodate Your Commercial Needs. Small to mid-size businesses and contractors often use storage units for additional office space or warehouse space where they can store inventory, materials, files, equipment, or business vehicles.
College: Keep Dorm Items Close to Campus. Freeing up space in a dorm room, heading home over the summer, or studying abroad for a few months are all reasons why college students rent storage close to their university campuses.
Military Living: Make Deployments & Transfers Easier. Active military and military families are typically on the move every few years, making their way to different bases. As these changes can be drastic, self storage can be an incredible help when relocating.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN RENTING A STORAGE UNIT
Why are you using self storage? To find the best solution for your needs, it’s good to know what you plan to store and how often you’ll need to access your storage unit. That way, you can select the best facility location, determine which storage unit size you need, and ensure you get the right amenities.
What’s your budget? How much you’re looking to pay for self storage plays a major role in your decision. Location, unit size, and amenities will all factor into your monthly rental price. Once you set a budget and settle on a storage unit size, compare units at each storage facility near you.
Do you need insurance? Typically storage facility staff can help you find the right insurance options if you don’t currently have insurance through a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance plan.
What amenities do you need?24/7 access so you can visit the storage unit on your schedule? Climate Control? Drive-Up Access? Vehicle Storage? Commercial Storage?
Figuring out the answers to these questions ahead of time will help you decide which storage facility will work best for you!
WHAT ARE TYPICAL STORAGE UNIT SIZES?
Storage facilities offer a wide range of unit sizes that vary by location. At some facilities, you’ll find units as small as a 2x2 locker; at others, you’ll find a warehouse space large enough to store a large RV.
Here are the most common storage unit sizes:
A 5x5 storage unit is the size of a small closet. It fits a dresser, a small mattress set, and several small to medium-sized boxes. This space is also perfect for garden tools, seasonal décor and sports equipment.
A 5x10 storage unit is the size of a small walk-in closet.It fits furnishings of a mid-sized bedroom, including a queen-sized bed, a dresser, a TV and many small, medium and large sized boxes.
A 5x15 storage unit is the size of a large walk-in closet. It fits furnishings of a single bedroom, including a queen-sized bed, a dresser, a nightstand, golf clubs, a TV and many small, medium and large sized boxes.
A 10x10 storage unit is the size of half of a standard one-car garage.It fits the contents of an entire family room or two full bedrooms, including many small, medium and large sized boxes.
A 10x15 storage unit is a little smaller than a standard one-car garage.It fits the contents of three full bedrooms and larger items such as a piano, couches, tables, or large-screen TVs, and many small, medium and large sized boxes.
A 10x20 storage unit is the size of a standard one-car garage.It fits the contents of a multi-bedroom house, including several over-sized items like a couch, a refrigerator, a washer/dryer and a dining room set, and many small, medium and large-sized boxes.
A 10x25 storage unit is a little larger than a one-car garage.It fits the contents of a fully furnished 3 bedroom house, including over-sized items such as a couch, mattress sets, a dresser, a refrigerator, a washer/dryer, a dining room set, an entertainment center and many small, medium and large sized boxes.
A 10x30 storage unit is as large as a 1 ½ car garage.It fits the contents of a fully furnished 3-5 bedroom house, including over-sized items such as a couches, beds, dressers, a refrigerator, a washer/dryer, a dining room set, an entertainment center and many small, medium and large sized boxes.
TIPS FOR ORGANIZING YOUR STORAGE UNIT
Use sturdy moving boxes or heavy-duty plastic containers of uniform size.
Group boxes by fragility or weight with heavier boxes on the bottom and fragile items on top.
Stack boxes no more than four high. You can also place boxes on top of sturdy furniture.
Place items you know you’ll need to access toward the front of your storage unit.
WHAT CAN & CAN’T BE STORED WITH STORAGE FACILITIES?
Typically, you’re free to store almost anything in a storage unit with some exceptions. The exceptions are basically anything dangerous or illegal. Be sure to ask the facility manager before renting a unit to see what’s allowed on the property if you have questions.
Items you typically CAN store include (but are not limited to):
Seasonal yard tools
Items you CANNOT store include (but are not limited to):
Firearms. (These items are also legally prohibited from moving trucks.)
Anything that’s flammable or combustible (i.e., gas, propane tanks, car batteries. These items are also legally prohibited from moving trucks.)