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Self Storage Cost

How Much Does Self Storage Cost?

low costLow: $40-$50 per monthaverage costMedium: $75-$150 per monthhigh costHigh: $95-$230 per month

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.
  • 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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Thomas Ave Self Storage Facility.
Amount: $294.25
Posted by: Jeff Wright in Leesburg, FL.Posted: March 22nd, 2022 09:03AM
Mover: SelfSize of Unit: 12x25
Type of Unit: Drive up.
These units are extremely large. Inside ceiling height ranges from 10-13 feet. 420 square feet on the floor.
The National average per square feet at storage facilities is 97 cents. That was in 2020.
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Rate Increases
Amount: $168.00
Posted by: JMac in Chicago, IL.Posted: July 22nd, 2020 12:07PM
Mover: Size of Unit: 10x10
Type of Unit: Climate controlled
My unit started at $106.00 in 8/18 and has had 3 rate increases and now at $168.00 in Chicago. Is this highway robbery or what?
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Storage Outlet
Amount: $425.00
Posted by: Ris in Anaheim, CA.Posted: February 7th, 2020 12:02AM
Mover: Size of Unit: 10x30
Type of Unit: Self Storage
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Allstar Storage
Amount: $820.00
Posted by: MZ in Marble Falls, TX.Posted: September 11th, 2019 06:09PM
Mover: Size of Unit: 10x20
Type of Unit: Standard
June-Sept. $200 a month for standard storage unit 10x20. Live and Learn!!
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Safe & Secure Self Storage Garfield New Jersey
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: Peter Welch in Garfield, NJ.Posted: March 2nd, 2018 06:03AM
Mover: All InSize of Unit: 10x10
Type of Unit: Climate Contolled
I came to Safe and Secure Self Storage in Garfield, NJ to save on a couple bucks by not storing in New York City, Conveniently located right outside of the GWB, we rushed on over after getting quoted double the amounts by Mini Storage in Manhattan. Which is not a bad statement, I am sure cost is more in Manhattan. However, everything was as they said it was. The place was clean and the staff were friendly. They greeted me and escorted me to my locker. We had renters insurance that was going to cover our stay and we didn't really have to worry about much. We were surprised to see that they had a little storage calculator on their site which helped us choose the most suitable unit. We stored for 7 months. Everything was kept the same as far as pricing.
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Rate increase every 3 months
Amount: $92.00
Posted by: Godchild in Acworth, GA.Posted: March 29th, 2017 05:03PM
Type of Unit: 10x15
Every 3months keep getting rate increases. Get letter in mail dated 3rd or 4th of the month stating my rent goes up beginning 1st of the month. Are they not supposed to give at least 30 days notice? Started paying $75 in 2012, I'm now paying $92 stating that it goes up to $101 starting April 1st. Feel like it's an April fools joke but I know it's real. Can they just keep raising the rate indefinitely like that anytime they want? Compass Self Storage in Acworth Ga 30102. Please need some info anyone?
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All American Storage, methuen, ma
Amount: $130.00
Posted by: jamestoo in methuen, MA.Posted: July 25th, 2016 09:07PM
Type of Unit: 10 X 10
Moved in with a first months rent free special! 2 months later the rent went up $10.00. Now after 12 months the rent went up again on my 10x10 unit by $15.00 dollars so in 15 months I've paid $25.00 extra! Just about 20% more!! This is such outrage and now the place wants me to add another $10.00 a month for rental insurance on my storage unit?? They call this ALL AMERICAN STORAGE!! WHAT'S ALL AMERICAN ABOUT THIS STORAGE UNIT FACILITY?? Absolutely nothing just another money hungry business
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All American Storage in Lubbock
Amount: $66.00
Posted by: Becky L. in Lubbock, TX.Posted: June 14th, 2016 09:06AM
Mover: Size of Unit: 10 x 10
Type of Unit: Drive Up
Drive up units that are not climate controlled but fitted with dust drapes. 24 hour access with coded security gates and video taping of facility. You can rent online, at the rental station on in the office. Friendly staff.
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Blue Mountain Storage - Marshall, NC
Amount: $95.00
Posted by: Carson in Marshall, NC.Posted: August 11th, 2015 12:08PM
Mover: Blue Mountain StorageSize of Unit: 10x20
Type of Unit: Outdoor, gated, no climate control
Independent storage facility, under new ownership. Small rural town with few storage options.
Current pricing:
5x10 - $45
10x10 - $65
10x20 - $95
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Amount: $197.00
Posted by: SELF STORAGE OF RICHMOND, VIRGINA in Richmond, VA.Posted: March 30th, 2015 08:03AM
Type of Unit: outside self storage
negotiated deal for long-term rental for household items (2 years) as I will be on a mission trip to China.
Rental increased by $20 this increase because company policy. SELF STORAGE OF RICHMOND, VIRGINA
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RK Properties
Amount: $58.85
Posted by: Logan in Epworth, IA.Posted: September 2nd, 2014 07:09AM
Type of Unit: 10x20
Not bad, I live in a very small town and compared to other costs of 10x20's I see people paying on here this one is a deal!
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affordable self storage silverdale
Amount: $55.00
Posted by: Matthew Molien in Silverdale, WA.Posted: July 21st, 2014 12:07AM
Mover: U-Haul offered on site/selfSize of Unit: 5 width 10 depth 10 hight
Type of Unit: In doors not temp controled
The staff is friendly but the security is laxed. Easy to get in and out of the facility. Multiple payment options and lots of deals for new people and referral opportunities.
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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, to get the best rate in your area.
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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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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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