Self Storage Units FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions
Self Storage unit sizes vary by location and the type of storage facility, but the most common types include:
Figuring out the right size of a storage unit can be difficult, but we have a few tips to consider before determining what size unit is suitable for you. Start with how much living space you are currently using that will need to go in your new self storage unit.
- A 5×15 (75 sq. ft.) or 10×10 storage unit (100 sq. ft.) is best for a one-bedroom apartment.
- For those with less to store, a 10×10 storage unit (100 sq. ft.) will be a great fit. If you’re maximizing the space in your two-bedroom apartment, it’s more likely that a 10×15 (150 sq. ft.) will fit your needs.
- A 10×25 storage unit (250 sq. ft.) is a three-bedroom house’s most commonly used storage unit. With the contents of the house, as well as yard and outdoor items like lawnmowers and grills, a little more space is needed!
- For four or five-bedroom houses, a 10×30 storage unit (300 sq. ft.) should provide ample space.
Storing a Car
- This depends on the length of the car you’re storing, but the majority of cars fall between 15 and 20 feet in length, making the 10×20 storage unit perfect for most cars.
Storing a Motorcycle
- A 5×10 (50 sq. ft.) is typically more than enough space for a single motorcycle. If you’re looking to store multiple bikes, a 10×10 or larger one will be your best option.
Every facility is slightly different in how its specific self storage units are constructed. Because of that, there are a variety of unit sizes and ceiling heights to choose from, so you can find the perfect option for your needs. The most common ceiling height for storage units is approximately 8′, but facilities offer higher ceilings that can accommodate taller vehicles and other large items. In larger cities where locker-sized units are more popular, reduced-height storage units less than 8′ are also available. So whether you’re looking for a place to store your holiday decorations or a boat, there’s a self storage unit that’s perfect for you, and because of that, we like to would like to say, “Self storage units are an excellent option for those who need extra space to store their belongings.”
If you rented a self storage space that’s too big or too small, our independent facility owners/ operators are usually happy to help you get moved into a self storage unit that better matches your needs as long as they have the correct size available at the location you choose to rent.
For more information on storage unit sizes and to choose the best option for you, visit our storage unit size guide.
This is the perfect question to start with when searching for “Self Storage Units near me.” How could you know what you need if this is the first time you are using a self storage unit? That’s why we work with so many different Self Storage Facility owners/operators! To provide you with a suitable unit at the right moment to make this transition as easy as possible!
Please allow us to explain the different types of self storage. We hope this makes your decision easier!
Drive-Up Storage Units
This is likely what most people think of when discussing self storage units. Drive-up units allow you to pull your vehicle up to the roll up door of your self storage space to load and unload belongings, making them great when storing large, heavy items.
Most drive-up self storage units are configured in rows and are not within a building structure. In some cases, drive-up storage units can be located in covered indoor spaces or hallways.
Interior Self Storage Units
These self storage units are located within a building structure. Though vehicles typically can’t pull directly up to interior or indoor storage units, they have advantages. Many prefer the comfort of storing their belongings inside a building, and those who want climate-controlled storage will typically choose an interior storage unit.
First-Floor Access Self Storage Units
Many storage facility locations offer interior storage units with multiple floors. Self Storage units on the first floor of these buildings provide the most accessible access for loading and unloading. If you plan to access your unit often, for business, or any reason, this storage unit type is best for you.
Elevator Access Self Storage Units
Interior self storage units on the second floor and up are referred to as elevator or lift access self storage units. Though not quite as simple to access, elevators make getting your belongings to and from the storage unit a painless process, with carts and dollies, is always provided.
Reduced-Height Storage Units
Most storage units are 8’ tall, but in larger cities where space is limited, and we often offer reduced-height storage units perfect for anyone with small storage needs looking for cheap self storage units.
A climate-controlled self storage unit is a self storage unit that will is in a temperature-controlled environment that remains between 55 and 85 degrees at all times. This makes it the preferred option for anyone storing temperature-sensitive items such as vinyl records, pictures, books, etc.
That depends on several factors. Climate-controlled storage might be worth it to you if:
- You live in an area with extremely high and/or low temperatures
- You’re storing valuable items that shouldn’t be exposed to severe temperatures
- You plan on using storage for an extended period
Climate-controlled storage can be beneficial for several everyday household items. We have a comprehensive list for you to use. Still, some of the most common are:
- Collectibles such as artwork, stamp collections, record collections, and more
- Electronics such as TVs, gaming systems, stereos, computers, and cameras
- Books, clothing, personal records, and more
- Photos and negatives, film reels, cassettes, and more
- Furniture including wood and leather furniture
Yes! Typically facilities request cars are in working order if they are to be stored inside storage units, but it is generally permitted. A 10×20 storage units are big enough for most cars, while some longer trucks will need a 10×25 storage unit or 10×30 self storage unit.
Each facility may have different requirements. For that reason, we suggest reaching out to the facility where you would like to store your vehicle to see if you must carry insurance or for any additional requirements.
Unfortunately, most of the facilities we work with do not allow maintenance work on vehicles inside of self storage units on their properties. But we encourage you to reach out to the facility that you specifically would like to rent a self storage unit at for additional information.
Absolutely! We suggest storing a motorcycle inside of a 5 x 10 Exterior drive up self storage unit. If you are planning on storing more than one or have a motorcycle with two back wheels such as a trike, we suggest a 10 x 10 self storage unit.
Many of the facilities that we work with offer a variety of parking solutions for both RV and boat storage.
For more information, contact a manager at the location you are planning to rent a self storage unit/parking space. They can help you determine the perfect storage parking unit for the length of your recreational vehicle or boat.
Yes! We are committed to serving the needs of all of our local small businesses & neighborhoods. A self storage unit that is conveniently located, affordable, and comes in a variety of sizes, could be the perfect solution for your business. When considering a self storage unit for a company, view the items you’d be storing, such as an inventory, files, extra materials, and even parts for maintenance.
What a great question! The locations listed on our site offer a variety of sizes that would work for a contractor business. However, you might not have the comforts of air conditioning or heating for a true office experience. But our units are fantastic for storing your inventory or tools.
Availability varies per location. Please reach out to the location you wish to rent a self storage unit at for further details.
To rent a self storage unit, you’ll need a government-issued ID. You’ll also need a credit card if you choose an easy pay option or to set up auto-billing.
You can cancel your self storage unit reservation by reaching out to one of our expert management staff at the location you placed your original reservation with.
All storage units are month-to-month rental terms. This provides you flexibility and peace of mind to only use the space for the time you need.
If you need a long-term storage solution, we work with customers who have long-term self storage needs and allow you to prepay yearly (12 months). We also rent our storage units on a month-to-month basis. This allows our customers the flexibility to rent as long as necessary.
We understand the value our units provide to our communities, and we strive to always offer competitive pricing by maintaining clean, safe, and secure facilities with the best customer service in the self storage industry. Please keep in mind that your original monthly rate is not guaranteed for the life of your rental with any of our locations listed on our website. From time to time, each facility can/will adjust its customers’ rental rates to keep up with the rising costs associated with providing a quality product and a clean, secure facility throughout our local communities.
The monthly rent is due each month on the first of the month. For your convenience, many payment options are available, including pre-pay for up to twelve months of rent, auto payment, or easy online payments. When you are ready to vacate, many facilities require a minimum of ten days verbal OR 15 days written notice before vacating. Please call the facility that you self storage unit is currently located for more information on the termination process for your self storage unit.
Welcome! We’re so happy to be able to serve your storage needs. Here are a few items to keep in mind to make your first trip to your new self storage unit a positive experience! If you rented online, you could access your unit right away; just remember to bring your gate code to the facility. If you have questions or concerns, at many facility locations, there are store managers available during office hours to assist you. We look forward to seeing you around!
Packing supplies are available at many of the locations listed on our website. Please call the office where you rented your unit online to check if there are supplies available before your arrival.
We prioritize the convenience and accessibility of all units to our customers. At self storage facilities that have elevators, we provide carts and dollies to make your move as easy as possible.
Yes! You can log into your account here and pay your bill.
Absolutely! Many of the Self Storage facilities that we work with allow for automatic payments. Check with your local storage facility for more information.
However, there are a few ways that you might be able to sign up online now>
- You can sign up for automatic payments when you rent your self storage unit both online and at our storage
- You can also sign up for automatic payments when you log into the account portal located here
- Finally, you can reach out to the manager of your local self storage facility, and they are always willing to help set up your account on automatic billing payments.
Because our website works with facility owners in many states, please contact the facility where you rent your storage unit to understand the local and state procedures required in your area.
Once the unit is sold, the proceeds are applied to your outstanding balance. If the proceeds are higher than the amount due, a check for the difference will be sent to the person leasing the storage unit.
Contact the self storage facility you are renting directly to let them know and discuss what can be done about your gaining access to your self storage unit.
Boat storage can cost anywhere from $100 to over $300 a month. Several factors can impact boat storage costs, including location, type of boat storage, and unit size.
If you need frequent access to your boat while it’s in storage, most of our self storage facilities offer generous access hours. Some even have 24-hour access available. These hours will allow you to pick up and drop off your boat when convenient, so you don’t have to worry about scheduling your trips around facility hours.
The safety of your stored belongings is always a priority. Many self storage facilities offer excellent security features, including electronic gate access and video surveillance. Some locations have on-site managers.
That’s what we do! Our self storage facilities are open year round and offer month-to-month rental agreements. Convenience is a high priority for our business, so store your boat for as long as you need. Be sure to talk with the facility before reserving your boat, RV, or vehicle storage space
Yes. Maintaining the integrity of your vessel is a high priority before outdoor storage throughout the winter months. We provide a comprehensive guide to the proper steps to winterize and protect your boat while storing it over the winter. Click HERE to read that.
As long as it fits, you can store a boat in a storage unit. Smaller boats can fit into standard storage unit sizes like 10×20 or 10×30, and some locations offer storage units with higher ceilings to accommodate larger boats.