Daisy Santiago
February 21, 2020

How much does self storage really cost?

Self-storage cost is one of the many factors you need to consider when planning to store your things out. Researching which price range will be suitable for you will really be of big help in managing your budget.

So, I have come up with a "little justification" to self-storage price that I am hoping will help jumpstart your plan in renting a storage unit for your items.

The storage size that you need is the key to determining the price of the self-storage you're eyeing for. The larger the unit, the higher the price.  Also, please, understand the factors behind the price range of a storage facility as it is not just the unit alone that you are paying for. You have to know that along with the unit, you are also paying for the storage facility's features that will help you determine if you will surely get the worth of your money. And these are security, quality, and reliability of the storage facility.

In terms of security, usually, storage facilities with premium security and control systems cost higher than those facilities with just the regular ones. Even with security software, the premium ones cost higher but the basic ones are usually the free versions.

Talking about the "quality" or the physical characteristics of a storage unit, it also comes with a cost. How do you expect an unorganized and unmaintained place to be a safe spot for your belongings? Of course, storage facilities have to spend for the quality and maintenance of their units. That's why more often than not, storage facilities are charging their customer for security deposits and admin costs. These fees are usually to compensate for their spending on maintenance - be it the salaries of their security and cleaning personnel or for upgrades of their systems, etc.

Storage unit prices may vary for every company as they have their factors to consider when coming up with the price. Some of them have insurance options. Of course, a storage facility has to build a reputation of being a reliable storage service provider, so requiring their customers to avail of insurance packages is a must. This is to cover for any costs if something happens to their customers' items, say a loss or damage. In a situation where the customer has no insurance for his items, and something happens, both parties will need to go back to the terms and conditions and policies stipulated in the storage contract. If the storage company won't bear the costs, say for the damage, the customer will surely have a hard feeling for the storage company and will become an unsatisfied customer. And it won't end there, that customer will surely "not recommend" the storage company to his peers. That is the scenario every company in any business is avoiding. But that is just an example, so don't worry.

Storage companies may also take into consideration the moving fees that include the use of their van plus the packing/loading service if you plan to hire their staff in doing the packing, loading, and unloading for you. The key is to always check on the special services these storage companies are offering and ask them if these are already included in the cost. We do not want to fall on a trap and end up wasting money.

The bottom line here is, identifying the costs of self-storage is easy as all of them are willing to help you out identify the figures. The big question is, "Are you willing to bear the cost just to meet your standards and get every worth of your money?"

Daisy Santiago

Daisy is our superstar blogger. With a marketing background and passion for writing, she loves to explore and research topics & put them into writing. Outside of work her hobbies include blogging, writing, blogging, writing. (We keep telling her to get out more)

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