5 Factors That Determine Self Storage Prices

Published: 06th February 2012
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Value versus Price: Price is the most important factor for some, but it should be compared with the Value you get for the service for a good reason. The cheapest rate may not be the best option for the storage of your items. If you select a facility because of price alone, you may end up with a deal that may not be in your best interest in the long run.

We have highlighted a few factors that are worth considering before signing a storage unit lease - take these into account and you will have a good chance of picking the right facility for your possessions.

Many people who have let their personal belongings slowly build over time eventually find it necessary to rent a self storage unit. These same people are often caught unaware that there can be a huge difference in self storage prices and there are a number of factors that will help determine this.

Of the many reasons that are used to factor in the price you will pay for your storage unit some are obvious and some are not so obvious. Here are some of the factors that can be used to determine self storage prices:

1. Unit Size: As expected, the bigger the unit, the bigger your bill with the self storage facility will be. To ensure you are getting the most for your money, be sure to inquire about the right size unit for your needs so you don't inadvertently rent a space that is too big. It also helps to actually look at the unit itself before you pay your first month's rent.

2. Climate Controlled or Not: If you have delicate items that you wish to store then you will need to go with a climate controlled self storage unit so that the temperature is consistent no matter how hot or cold it gets outside. By renting a climate controlled unit it is you the tenant who will have to pay for such a luxury and often times, a climate controlled unit that is the same size as a non-climate controlled unit will be much greater in price.

3. Accessibility of the Unit: Some storage units are located outside and have a nice big roll up garage type door on them. This makes it easy to load and unload your items. Other units will be located inside of a building and will not feature the same easy access. If you are planning on having easy access to your stored items then you can expect those self storage prices to be a bit more on the expensive side.

4. Amenities: Many self storage facilities are very accommodating and allow you use of their rubbish removal services and even have a manager who lives on-site so any theft is deterred. While these amenities are nice to have you will certainly pay for them in the price of your self storage unit.

5. Hours of Operation: Self storage prices can also be directly affected by the hours of operation of the self storage facility itself. If the facility is open extended hours then that means they will have to pay their employees for that extended time. Those costs will be passed through to you by way of higher self storage unit prices.

Basically you can expect anything that will cost the self storage facility more to cost you more in your self storage prices. It all comes down to deciding what level and quality of service you want to protect your things while in storage. The best thing you can do is ask questions and then objectively compare the options, then choose the provider that offers the best value for your money.

Author: Global Self Storage which is a 100% Australian owned Sydney based company, with two of its facilities on the Northern Beaches at Brookvale and Mona Vale, ideal for storage Manly and storage Northern Beaches. Global Self Storage is committed to the needs of the Australian community and strives to provide self storage at an affordable cost and with clean, dry and secure storage space for you to store your valuable possessions.

Call +61 (0)2 9905 8655 and ask our friendly and experienced staff to assist you with helpful advice about packing, and all your storage and removal needs or visit our website at www.globalstorage.com.au.

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