What I Learned While Shopping for a Rental Storage Unit

What I Learned While Shopping for a Rental Storage Unit

Kate Legere
Aug 22, 2013

I'm leaving Brooklyn and moving back to my hometown in Pennsylvania at the end of the month.  Since moving into my own apartment two years ago, I have acquired the necessities to set up a home and have invested in some nice furniture. Because my future apartment plans are TBD, a rental storage unit is in order. After some research and several site visits, here's what I've learned:

1. Your monthly rate may be negotiable. Prices can fluxuate depending on demand. If a company has a lot of units they are looking to fill, you may be able to negotiate them down and work out a deal. Also, I found that many companies offer special rates and promotions online, so make sure you do your research.

2. Ask about any extra fees. Common fees include a one-time administration fee, lock purchase, and stored property insurance. If insurance is not offered, you can add it to your rental or homeowners insurance.

3. Factor in location when deciding on a unit. As readers commented in this post, it is important to check on your storage unit regularly to make sure there are no leaks, mildew, pests, etc. Renting a space that is convienetly located to your home or work can make life easier. That said, I have found that units are generally more expensive in areas where land and rent are more expensive, so it is worth researching costs in a few locations and then factoring in the price of your time.

4. If you are worried about moisture and mold, opt for a climate controlled unit. Temperature changes and humidity can warp furniture and mildew upholstery. Take into consideration the duration, time of year, and what you will be storing. If you are spending money to store your possessions, you want to make sure to protect them.

And if you are planning to move into a new storage unit, here are some helpful moving tips.


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