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How Much Does Self Storage Cost?

 
low costLow: $40-$50 per monthaverage costMedium: $75-$150 per monthhigh costHigh: $95-$230 per month
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Self storage is a monthly service where the renter delivers the items to the facility and deposits them into a unit which may be visited during office hours. Spaces vary in size and some are climate controlled.

Typical costs:

  • A 5x5 foot storage unit usually runs about $40-$50 per month.
  • 10x15 foot units cost $75-$140 per month or $115-$150 for a climate controlled space.
  • A 10x20 unit ranges from $95-$155 per month or $170-$180 for climate controlled.
  • 20x20-foot spaces rent for about $225 per month.
  • Portable on-demand (POD) storage units run around $230 monthly for an 8x8x12 foot unit that accommodates an average 1,200-square foot home.
Related articles: Local Mover, Long Distance Mover, Moving Boxes and Supplies, Auto Transport

What should be included:
  • Self storage centers should have security measures including gating and onsite monitoring.
  • Climate control typically means keeping the temperature below 90 degrees in the summer and above 40 degrees in the winter, with humidity below 65 percent to stop mold or mildew, according to Inside Self Storage[1] magazine. Climate controlled units are generally used for pianos, photographs and art items.
  • Portable on demand units are delivered to the home for the renter to pack. They are taken to a storage facility or delivered to the new destination for unpacking.
Additional costs:
  • Padlocks are required and may be purchased at the storage facility or supplied by the renter. Heavy duty weatherproof locks run $16-$20.
  • A security deposit around $30 may be required at some sites.
Discounts:
  • Some companies offer seasonal and move-in discounts like "first month free" for new tenants.
  • Senior discounts around 10% are available at several locations.
Shopping for self storage:
  • The Self Storage Association offers an online locater for finding a self storage facility[2] .
  • Cudahy self storage offers an online space calculator[3] to determine the size of unit needed.
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What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
self storage comparison engine
Amount: $85.00
Posted by: Jon2 in Denver, CO.Posted: January 9th, 2014 11:01PM
Mover: Size of Unit: 10x10
These days they have self storage comparison engines like are available for airline tickets, cruises, etc. Use a storage price engine, like easystoragesearch.com, to get the best rate in your area.
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Westy
Amount: $450.00
Posted by: ax09001h in Danbury, CT.Posted: July 30th, 2013 08:07PM
Mover: selfSize of Unit: 10'x20'
Type of Unit: Climate Control
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Good deal
Amount: $39.00
Posted by: Vinh Le in Fort Lauderdale, FL.Posted: May 8th, 2013 06:05PM
Mover: UHaulSize of Unit: 5 x 10 x 8
Very reasonable Cost. Unit on 3rd floor but accessible. Excellent service.
Location is in Dania Beach (2010 7th Ave., on Griffin East of US 1) not in Ft Lauderdale. I got lost for several hours
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Public Storage-Rip Off
Amount: $141.00
Posted by: Evagelos Theoharis in Oldsmar, FL.Posted: March 6th, 2013 06:03AM
Mover: meSize of Unit: 10x10
Type of Unit: Climate Controlled
Went up 12+% a yr...and from what Ive read it will continue to go up at least 10% til I move out...UNACCEPTABLE...I had no issue paying 100 or 126 but now 141 then next yr what 156 or more if it goes up 15 dollars like this past yr a month. Im paying 500+ a yr from when I started using them. But if I move out or move back in then I can pay 116 p/month seriously a scam especially from someone who always pays monthly with no issues.
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SpaceSpots.com 40' x 9'
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: Bacon in Lancaster, CA.Posted: February 3rd, 2011 07:02PM
Mover: Size of Unit: 40' x 9'
Type of Unit: Steel unit
I rented a 40' unit at SpaceSpots storage it was huge I ended up only using about 3/4 of it and that included putting my car in it. The rate was $175 a month or pay 6 months in advance for $150 a month. Guaranteed no rent increases for as long as I am with them.
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u-box "POD" from u-haul
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: go10 in Los Angeles, CA.Posted: December 17th, 2010 12:12PM
Mover: u-boxSize of Unit: 5x8 x 7.5h
Type of Unit: pod
box delivery fee: $80
one month fee: $75
move from LA to SF: $430
tax: $20
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public storage co. 15ft x 10ft
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: a user in vancouver, AL.Posted: June 29th, 2010 01:06AM
Mover: private local vancouveriteSize of Unit: 10ft x15ft
Type of Unit: indoor climate room temp
why are there no way to get prices from the company public storage anywhere on their website?
what the hell is this advertising purpose other than u can have this for " we will see if they will go for $400/month and judging by their reaction we can stick them with the $400 or offer less?
these idiots have no guides with cost for storage o
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Self Storage Cost
Amount: $115.00
Posted by: Jim A in Chicago, IL.Posted: August 10th, 2009 12:08PM
Mover: Metro Self StorageSize of Unit: 10x10
I recently received a 20% price increase notice from Metro. I originally started at $100/month 2 years ago. Last year the price went up 15% to $115. This year they are asking for $138! Outrageous! What commodity goes up that much in a year?? What have others done to keep the rate down or negotiate out of a price increase? Are there industry statistics available showing year to year cost increases (decreases)?
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External Resources:
  1.  www.insideselfstorage.com/articles/2003/09/the-value-of-climate-control.aspx
  2.  www.selfstorage.org/
  3.  www.cudahyselfstorage.com/calculator.htm
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