When determining self storage rates, there are several factors that should be considered. Of course every self storage company will offer different rates and many will offer different deals as well. Knowing what to look for and what to expect can save you time and more importantly money.
There are several factors to consider before you can accurately find self storage rates, these include:
• Size of Unit: It stands to reason that the bigger something is, the more money you will pay for it. This is also true when it comes to self storage units and self storage rates. If you rent a self storage unit that is five feet by five feet it will obviously be cheaper than a store unit that is 25 feet by 25 feet. In a nut shell, the more stuff you have to store, the more you can expect to pay.
• Air conditioned or non-air conditioned: When taking two equally sized storage units, the one that is air conditioned will cost you more than the one that is not. Why? Generally if you have personal effects that could be ruined by heat, then you will have to rent an air conditioned storage unit. These units are typically located inside as opposed to outside. The storage facility will be running huge air conditioning units to keep all of the indie units cool. This will cost the facility more in electricity and maintenance and you will pay a higher bill as a result, so you need to know whether the items you are going to store will be alright without air conditioning or they need constant cool.
• Length of stay: When it comes to determining self storage rates you can often be helped or hurt by the time you stay. Some storage facilitates will have a higher per month rate than the rate that would be charged for the commitment of six months or more. Most are month to month these days, but even those types of storage facilities will often give you a better rate if you commit to a longer stay. If you know for sure you will be storing your items for six months or more, see what type of deals is available for you. If you are not sure, then just go with a month to month as more times than not, along with a better rate, comes a contract to sign.
Once you know the size unit you need, whether it needs to be air conditioned or not, and how long your things will be stored you are ready to determine the actual rate of the self storage unit. This is the time to call multiple storage facilities and do what is known as ‘price shopping’ in order to get the best deal available.
Many storage facilities will offer better rates when you rent online or pay your bill online so be sure to ask all the companies you call. Also be sure to look for companies that offer a price match/beat guarantee as this can be another way for you to save on self storage rates.
Lastly, make sure you are going with self storage facility you are comfortable with. At times you may pay a touch more for as bigger and more reputable facility, but when it comes to your personal effects, a little price difference sometimes isn’t a big deal.
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