Now is the time to get your storage facility ready for the busy spring and summer months.

By Darren Peterson, Guest Blogger

People seldom know the exact amount of money they will end up spending when they plan to rent a storage unit. Most people automatically think about the storage unit price and stop there. There are a number of other aspects they forget, don’t know about, or don’t consider.

When renting a unit from, consider how the cost might vary between different units. (Igorsky/
When renting a unit from, consider how the cost might vary between different units. (Igorsky/

Type of storage

There are two types of storage – climate controlled storage and non-climate controlled storage. Depending on the location of the storage unit, temperatures may have extreme differences throughout the year. You need to consider this option because if you live in an area where the temperature fluctuates, a unit without climate control has a high chance of damaging your items. The heat can warp furniture or destroy valuable memorabilia. In this case, you might want to consider renting a climate controlled unit. It may be cost more, but it will save you money in the long run.

Size and duration

Depending on the situation, you may either be using a storage facility because you’re moving or simply just to store extra items that you don’t have space for at home. Most storage facilities have sizing charts that can give you a visual representation of each size. The larger the storage unit you need, the more it will cost. This is proportional to the duration of the stay as well.


Most storage units offer insurance. Make sure you take advantage of this; otherwise if something happens to your belongings, there is little to nothing you can do to get your money back.

Packing fees

Don’t forget to have a rough estimate of how much packing supplies you will need to purchase. Packing supplies include: high quality moving boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and more. The small things will add up, especially if you are planning a big move.

The actual move

When moving day finally comes, you will definitely need a moving van or truck. It’s a good idea to ask your storage facility management if they offer a moving service. Most companies will either have a truck to help you move, or can refer you to a local moving company that will offer you a discount for using both services.


There are multiple ways to cut down on the costs for moving. Storage facilities often have Internet specials, military discounts, and other special discounts. If the storage company you’re working with does not have a truck to help you move in, they will often be partnered with moving companies and can offer lower rates. If all else fails, ask a friend who owns a pickup truck to help!

For more moving tips visit American Self Storage

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