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Humor

23 Self Storage Puns

Those of us in the storage business have seen it all where funny things happen almost daily.

We wanted to share with you some of that unique self storage humor. We strive to bring a smile to your face, so you can see we’re regular people too.

Our hope is that you enjoy this collection of self-storage puns — and that they make your day a little brighter!

 

Here’s 23 of My Favorite Self Storage Jokes

 

Can't store flammable items

1. A customer calls our storage center and says he has a large amount of flammable stuff that needs to be stored and is wondering if we can store it for him.

We tell him, “no, because we don’t want to get into trouble with our landlord.”

He says “Oh, well then what should I do?” We tell him to call his landlord.

 

2. A customer calls our storage center to ask how much space he’d need to store everything on his list of stuff. We tell him, “oh… about the size of a refrigerator box.”

He says “Well, I don’t have a refrigerator box.”

We tell him we don’t have one either — but we can make one out of cardboard or something.

 

Tupperware

3. Which company has the most storage?

Tupperware

 

4. What do you get for the person who has everything?

Storage

 

Storage and Noah's ark

5. A man was looking for a place to store all his animals. He asked his friend if he knew anyone with enough storage.

His friend said: “Yes don’t worry… I Noah guy”.

 

Emotional Baggage

6.  Because of the high price of gasoline, I realized I won’t be going on any vacations this year. I sadly told my luggage that too — as I placed them into storage. Now I’m dealing with a lot of emotional baggage.

 

 

I can see myself doing that

7. While helping my mom move some furniture from her room into storage, she pointed out a large dresser mirror and asked me,  “would you be able to take this downstairs for me?”

I responded quickly with, “I can see myself doing that”

 

Storage Note

8. I took a job working for a self-storage facility. One day while cleaning out an old unit, I found a note written by the previous tenant. The note simply stated, “Please don’t touch anything!”

 

 

A horse walks into a storage center...

9. A horse walks into a open storage unit. A shocked worker points his finger at the horse and in alarm yells, “Hey!”

The horse says, “You read my mind, buddy.”

 

 

A mushroom would like to rent a storage unit...

10. A mushroom walks into a storage facility to order a new unit — but the manager yells at him, “I can’t serve you.” The mushroom looks taken aback and says, “Why not? I’m a fun guy.”

 

I have a Chihuahua?

11. Two friends are walking their dogs together while also taking care of some things they needed to do. One has a big black lab, while the other has a minuscule chihuahua.

They get to a Storage Center and the lab owner says, “I need to check my unit.” The chihuahua walker complains, “That would be great, but we can’t take our dogs in there.” The first responds, “Watch me.”

The lab owner strolls in with her dog. The storage facility manager tells her, “Sorry, you can’t bring your dog in here.” “He’s my seeing eye dog,” the woman replies feigning offense. The manager quickly apologizes and let’s them go in.

The other woman goes to follow her friend — with chihuahua in tow. Again the manager says there are no dogs allowed. “He’s my seeing eye dog,” the woman replies. “Yeah, right,” the manager says, “A chihuahua? Give me a break.”
Without missing a beat, the woman replies, “They gave me a chihuahua?!”

12. A jumper cable walks into a storage center. The manager says
“I’ll help you, but don’t start anything.”

Trampoline

13. I was moving things around and my wife just found out I replaced our bed with a trampoline. She hit the ceiling!

14. A recent study found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.

Two left gloves

15. I was getting ready to move my things into storage, so I got a new pair of gloves. However, they’re both ‘lefts’ — which on the one hand is great, but on the other, it’s just not right.

Penguins on Igloo

16. How does a penguin build his house? Igloos it together.

17. What does a house wear? Address.

Furniture Movers

18. What did one furniture mover say to another during a tense discussion? “Let’s table this.”

19. If you’re tired of packing…  Convince yourself that you don’t like the rest of your stuff!

Van Gogh

20. What did the artist say in order to move his vehicle? Van Gogh.

When one door closes, another opens

21. They say that as soon as one door closes, another opens… but really it means it’s time to pack up and move because your house is definitely haunted.

 

22. When you are not happy with where you are… move.

Pizza in exchange for helping to move

23. If you’re over 35, hiring movers is a great idea. First… your friends are too old. Second… nobody wants to slip a disc in return for a slice of pizza and two beers.

 

We hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as we enjoyed providing them for you.

If you have any more funny or interesting stories about moving, please share them with us. We’d love to hear them!

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Piano Storage

How to Store a Baby Grand Piano

Deciding whether or not to store your baby grand piano isn’t an easy decision. For me, it was the instrument I enjoyed each morning as it filled our home with pleasing sounds.

But the time came to move and my 90 year old baby grand piano needed a new home. I knew one day this would happen.

Even if you’re running out space or just want to clear out clutter, dealing with such a huge object can be emotionally draining and physically difficult. Baby grand pianos can weigh from 550 to 650 pounds, which is a lot of weight to move around.

These instructions below can work equally well for an upright and a full grand piano. You just need to make sure the destination space is large enough.

Also account for the weight:
Upright Pianos weigh from 500 to 1000 pounds
Grand Pianos weigh from 700 to 1200 pounds

The main thing is that when moving a piano (and when storing a piano), you want to keep any piano in it’s natural upright position and not lay the piano on it’s side.

With our piano move, we decided to hire a professional mover. I’m glad for that. It saved us a lot of grunt work and I knew the piano was packed carefully. I believe it’s worth it to make sure that the mover you choose is trained in moving pianos.

Once the mover arrived, he safely and quickly removed the foot pedals. I never guessed those pedals could come off that way. Then the mover took the legs off and wrapped up the piano to protect the finish.

The mover had a special dolly to get over the door threshold and then packed my piano into their special van. The mover then reversed those steps to get the piano set into it’s new home.

The baby grand is doing well in the new place now — although I still need to make sure the humidity level is correctly balanced with my Dammp-Chaser humidifier.

An 90 year old piano can be a joy to behold, the wood used back then was excellent quality. And the sound harp is in great shape. Through this experience, I learned that it’s important to correctly take care of the piano so you can have many years of music enjoyment.

Baby grand pianos can give years of enjoyment
With proper care, your baby grand piano can give you years of enjoyment.

Taking Care of a Piano

Pianos are an expensive investment, so if you want to keep one for a long time, paying attention to the best way to care for them should be worth considering.

Whether it’s due to moving, making repairs, or placing a new instrument into the house, proper storage of a grand piano is important. If you don’t have enough room in your home to store a piano, consider renting a place that has ample space. You may also need to make some adjustments to the interior of your home to accommodate the piano.

If you decide to store your piano at all, there are several options available. The first step is deciding where you will store it and what type of storage system you’ll use.

You can either store it at home on your own – or put it into a climate controlled storage unit. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

 

You Can Store It at Home

You may choose to store your piano at home in a garage, basement, attic, shed, or even outside on a porch.

Some people will opt to move their piano inside when they aren’t playing it. This allows them to enjoy the benefits of having a beautiful instrument while avoiding the hassle of storing it.

If you plan on keeping your piano indoors, you’ll need to think about how you’ll protect it from dust, moisture, and other hazards. Picking up a protective cover for your piano is a good idea.

When storing a piano, you’ll want to avoid direct sunlight because it causes the wood to expand and contract more rapidly. Fluctuating humidity levels can also cause the wood to expand and contract more rapidly — which could lead to cracked wood around the harp. Also, try to avoid storing a piano near heat sources like radiators and fireplaces.

After wrapping the piano in plastic, you’ll need to secure it using straps. This can provide extra protection against accidental movement.

Once you’ve wrapped your piano in plastic, you can store it anywhere. However, if you plan on storing it outdoors (which we do not recommend), you’ll need to find a location that is protected from rain, snow, wind, and extreme temperatures.

 

You May Need to Make Adjustments to Your Home

Depending on where you plan on storing your piano, you may need to make some adjustments to your home. If you plan on storing your baby grand in a garage (which we also do not recommend), you’ll likely need to remove the door so that it doesn’t block access to the space.

If you plan to store your piano in a climate controlled room of your house, you may need to install a ventilation system. You can do this by installing a window fan or opening a small hole in the wall.

 

The Reason Why We Suggest You Should Not Store a Baby Grand in the Garage

One of the largest spaces in any house is the garage. A garage is a separate area from the house that ideally stores things that cannot fit inside the house. Most people would think that storing a piano there makes sense, but it’s actually not a good idea.

If you’re planning on storing your piano in a garage or basement, make sure the temperature stays between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. If you live in an extremely hot or cold region, you may want to look into purchasing a portable heater or air conditioner.

During the warmer summer months, the garage could be up to twenty degrees hotter than outside temperatures. This variation could make it very difficult to protect your piano.

Baby grand piano in large room
Baby Grand Pianos hold up well in a climate controlled environment.

Storing the Piano in a Professional Climate Controlled Storage Unit

A climate controlled storage unit is a great option for those who want to store their piano safely without worrying about humidity or temperature fluctuations.

Climate controlled units are usually located in a warehouse or building with special equipment that keeps the temperature constant. They are ideal for pianists who play frequently and want to ensure that their instruments stay in peak condition.

The cost of these units varies depending on the size and features you’d like. For example, larger units often include better insulation and heating systems.

The best way to determine whether this is a viable option for you is to contact a local storage facility. Ask them about the services they offer and what kind of facilities they have.

 

Preparing a Baby Grand Piano for Storage

A good location for a piano is in an air conditioned storage facility or a spare bedroom. Make sure the storage place is large enough to store the piano standing up rather than lying down. What people do is to cover it with several layers of protective cloth sheets — followed by a thin layer of plastic sheeting.

The last thing you need to do is put a blanket over the top of the piano. A blanket provides cushioning and protects the wood from damage.

You may also want to invest in a humidifier to help prevent mold growth. If you live in a dry area, you might want to buy a dehumidifier.

If you want to keep your piano safe from extreme temperatures and humidity, then you should put it in a climate-control environment.

If you store your piano at a different temperature than where you normally keep it, you’ll want to gradually expose it to the new temperature before storage so it doesn’t experience any damage.

 

Moving a Piano

It’s good to hire professional movers. My piano was moved several miles for only $220. A friend moved a piano within the same neighborhood and it was less than $100. Many people are surprised that a piano can be moved for much less than expected.

Keep in mind that a large piece of furniture like a grand pianos isn’t just an expensive purchase; it can also be heavy. You should definitely hire professionals to move your piano. Make sure they’re experienced and know how to handle heavy items properly.

What takes the mover only 10-15 minutes could easily take you three hours to complete. And it helps keep you safe if something were to happen.

A Piano Moving Horror Story

A friend thought he’d save around $150 and not hire a piano mover for a short move he needed.

He was moving his wife’s upright piano and got a group of friends together. They used a flat bed trailer with wood slats.

One of the slats caught onto the bottom of the piano and as they lifted the piano up and over the edge of the trailer, the trapped wood slat ripped out the piano harp.

The piano was ruined and my friend’s wife was not happy about this happening to her favorite piano.

My friend’s wife got a replacement piano and they hired professional movers to bring this piano to the house.

I think it’s best to hire a piano mover. To me, the moving cost greatly outweighs the possible risk of damage to the piano. However, if you’re still inclined to move a piano yourself, be sure to search the internet for some tips on moving a piano — or ask a professional company for advice.

 

Regardless of which storage and moving method you choose, be sure to keep all of your belongings safe while you’re storing your piano.

 

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Storage

What is Drive Up Mini Storage?

Drive up mini storage is a type of outdoor self-storage facility that allows you to store your belongings in a unit that has a roll up door and you can park your car next to.

Also known as drive-up self storage, these outdoor storage units are convenient for those who need frequent access to their belongings. Plus they’re usually located near a main road so you can easily get to your storage unit by driving.

Drive up mini storage is convenient because customers can drive their vehicles around the building and park them next to the unit. Simply load and unload directly from your vehicle. This makes it easy to access your items without having to climb stairs or use elevators.

Drive up mini storage units offer speed and convenience
Rows of drive up storage units offering quick customer convenience.

Drive Up Storage

Drive-up mini storage units are similar to garage space at home.  The units are enclosed, typically have a roll up door, and have outdoor access at the first floor of a building. You simply drive right up to your mini storage unit — during access hours — and load and unload items. Units are arranged in rows with paved driveways between them for easy access. Since you don’t need to walk far from your vehicle, you can easily move furniture, appliances, and more inside your self-service facility. You can also check on your items quickly whenever you need.

The difference between Drive Up Self Storage and Drive Up Mini Storage

Drive up “self storage” and drive up “mini storage” are basically the same thing. Mini storage is a popular term from the 1970’s that has stuck — and works well for marketing storage units. Self storage is the original storage name dating back to the first use in the 1880’s.

If there is a difference, then it would be that self storage technically is outside access while mini storage can also include enclosed access consisting of smaller (mini) units. Lately, the terms have been used synonymously to keep from confusing storage renters.

The main thing is regardless of which name is used, the facilities allow you to conveniently store your items. You get the convenience of being able to drive up to the unit to load (or unload) your belongings.

 

6 Benefits of Drive Up Mini Storage

Convenience

When you’re looking for an alternative to traditional indoor self-storage, drive up mini storage may be the perfect solution for you. With this option, you can store your things in a safe, secure location where you can easily access them. Plus, since you don’t need to go through extra security checks when accessing your unit, you can save time.

Security

Drive up mini storage offers the added benefit of increased security. Because the units are often located outdoors protected by gated access, they provide extra protection against theft and vandalism. In addition, many facilities have 24 hour video surveillance systems that help protect your property.

Flexibility

If you’re looking for flexibility, then drive up mini storage might be the best choice for you. Drive up mini storage gives you the ability to choose from many available unit sizes. The most popular size is the 10×10.

Access

Another great feature about drive up mini storage is its accessibility. Since these units are located close to major roads, you’ll find it easy to get to your unit. Plus, you won’t have to worry about climbing stairs or using an elevator.

Drive up storage units are convenient because they are outdoors. However, they’re usually not climate controlled. This means the items in storage could be affected by changes in weather and humidity.

If you’re comfortable storing your items in a standard garage, then drive up storage can also work. The drive up storage unit is like adding your own bonus garage.

Affordable Price

One of the biggest benefits of drive up mini storage is how affordable it is compared to other options. Since they are not climate controlled, usually they’re the most affordable option for storage.

Many facilities charge per month, so you won’t have to pay by the item. Instead, you’ll pay based on the total amount of storage space you need. This means you can rent just one unit or several units depending on your needs.

Larger Space

Finally, another advantage of drive up mini storage over other options is that you can use it to store large amounts of stuff. You get the convenience of driving up to your unit without having to worry about finding a parking spot. Oftentimes drive up units will be in the popular sizes from 10×10 to 10×30. That can be a lot of space to hold your larger belongings.

 

 

Drive Up Self Storage Costs

The prices vary depending on the size of the unit and whether the customer pays monthly or annually. Prices can start from $1.25 per sq foot each month to $1,999 per year. Be sure to ask about the current specials for this month.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Drive Up Storage

Can I Store a Vehicle in a Drive Up Storage Unit?

Yes! Many drive up storage companies offer vehicle storage. If you’re interested in storing a car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle, trailer, ATV — then check out our article on How to Store a Car.

Is Drive Up Self Storage is Right for Me?

If you are looking for a convenient way to store your belongings while living or working in an urban area, then Drive Up Self Storage may be the best option for you. It is ideal for people who don’t want to pay high rent or deal with stairs or elevator rides.

Can I Store My Business Property in Drive Up Storage?

Yes, you can store office furniture, supplies, files, tools, equipment, printers, seasonal items, even extra inventory. Usually the storage center will not allow transacting business transactions out of your drive up storage unit — such as customers walking up to your unit to make purchases.

Can I Store Items that No Longer Fit in My Home Garage?

Yes, you can store furniture, appliances, boxes, toys, camping equipment, sports equipment, garden tools, seasonal items and decorations, and more. You can’t store chemicals or other items shown on this list. For delicate items like pictures and photographs, you can find out how to store those here.

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Portable Storage

Portable Storage vs Self Storage

A self-contained, climate-controlled, secure place for storing items is an excellent way to keep your belongings organized and safe. You can store your belongings for a few weeks or months.

With the advent of portable storage containers, the range of choices has increased considerably. Nowadays, it isn’t just a matter of comparing rental rates at local mini storage centers. Now you can compare portable storage to self service storage and get the best deals.

Portable storage units are great if you need to move quickly or don’t have the time to set up a long-term storage unit.

Portable Storage Units vs Self Storage Units

How do portable storage solutions compare to traditional storage units? Portable containers offer some advantages over traditional self-storage units. The most obvious advantage is in their name being “portable.” This makes them ideal for people who want to pack up their belongings and move those belongings fast.

Another major difference between portable storage containers and traditional self-storage units is security. Traditional self-storage units require you to enter a code every time you access your property. Portable storage containers come with locks on all doors, so no one else will be able to gain entry without your permission.

Portable storage container
Portable storage containers can be loaded and moved from one location to another.

As expected, smaller portable units are usually cheaper than larger ones. That’s the number one rule in storage. However, portable storage units may not be as secure. If you want more security, then go with self service storage.

Portable storage units are perfect for short term storage needs. They come in different sizes and shapes. Some are even stackable. This means that you can put several units together to create one big space. You can also use them to store seasonal items like Christmas decorations.

Short Term Storage Compared to Long Term

If you’re looking for a quick solution to storing some of your belongings while you search for a new apartment or home, then portable storage containers may be exactly what you need. However, if you plan to leave your belongings there permanently, then you should consider renting from a traditional self-storage facility instead.

Self storage units are ideal for longer term storage needs. Also known as mini storage, these units are typically much bigger than portable storage units. They offer more room for storing furniture, appliances, and other bulky items.

Security

Self storage units are also very secure. Unlike portable storage units, they are locked and monitored 24/7. This makes them a good choice for storing valuables such as jewelry, artwork, and antiques.

Moving Frequently

If you plan on moving frequently, then you should consider renting a portable storage container instead of a self storage unit. Portable storage units are right there when you need them and they’re easy to transport from your starting point to your destination.

If you plan on staying in one spot for a while, then you should opt for a traditional storage unit. These units are usually conveniently located near major highways and shopping areas.

 

Portable Storage Unit on Driveway
Portable storage units offer the convenience to load at your own speed.

Portable Storage Container Advantages

There are many advantages to using portable storage containers. Here are just a few of them:

1. Portability: When it comes to moving storage containers, portability is king. They are lightweight and compact making them easy to transport. The portable unit can be brought to your door. Once all your things are loaded up, the unit can be moved where you need it.

2. Security: Since storage containers are secured, they make great options for storing valuable possessions.

3. Flexibility: Storage containers allow you to customize your storage experience. For example, you can choose how large or small you want your storage container to be.

4. Space Saver: Storage containers are perfect for maximizing the amount of storage space you have available. They are also great for storing larger items like couches, tables, and even beds. These containers can also free up floor space if you need room during a renovation.

5. Convenience: Storage containers are extremely convenient. You don’t need to worry about driving to a remote facility to access your belongings. Once it is moved to a storage center, you can simply drive up to your local storage facility and request you container to be picked up and sent to a destination.

6. Cost Effective: If you’re looking for a cost effective way to store your belongings, then portable storage containers are a great choice. They are priced based on their size, shape, color, and design. Instead of renting a truck, once the belongings are ready then the unit can be picked up and moved to your new location.

7. Durable: These storage containers are very durable. They are built with heavy-duty materials that will withstand weather conditions.

8. Versatile: Storage containers are versatile. They can be used for both short term and long term storage needs.

9. Clean: Storage containers are clean. They are cleaned regularly and disinfected after each use. They are easy to wipe off and keep clean.

10. Loading Ease: It is easy to load the unit since there are no ramps. You can also load the unit at your convenience and speed.

 

Portable Container Dropped Off at the Driveway
Portable storage containers can be dropped off at your location for convenience.

Portable Storage Container Disadvantages

Portable storage containers may not be suitable for everyone. Here are some disadvantages of using these types of storage containers:

1. Size: Portable storage containers come in many different sizes. However, they’re usually smaller than traditional self service units.

2. Weight: Portable storage containers are lightweight. They are often made out of plastic or metal. This can still make them difficult to move around.

3. Security: Portable storage containers do not offer the same level of security as traditional self storage units. They are not monitored by security cameras 24 hours a day until they are moved to a storage facility.

4. Flexibility: Portable storage containers are not as flexible as traditional self storage units because they cannot be customized.

5. Weatherproofing: Portable storage containers are less weatherproof than traditional self storage units due to their light weight.

6. Maintenance: Portable storage containers require regular maintenance. They need to be cleaned and disinfected after every use.

7. Cost: Portable storage containers can be more expensive if you decide to store for the long term.

8. Durability: Portable storage containers are durable but they are not as durable as traditional self storage units which can last for decades.

9. Insurance Coverage: Portable storage containers do have insurance coverage but this is limited compared to traditional self storage units.

10. Climate Control: Climate control options are limited to just a few companies. If you want a portable unit with climate control, they can be found be you have to look harder to find them.

11. Takes Up Space: The container can take up space on your driveway or location. This could be against the rules for some homeowner’s associations.

12. Accessibility: The portable unit is not as accessible once it is moved over to a remote facility for holding. These facilities stack the units to fit more containers in their building space, so you can’t just visit your belongings as you would any time with mini storage.

13. Booking: Portable units often have to be booked in advance. If you wait too late, you may not have the unit in time.

 

Mini storage units
Mini storage units come in several sizes

Traditional Self Storage Unit Advantages

Traditional self storage units offer several benefits over portable storage containers. Here’s what sets them apart:

1. Stability: Traditional self storage facilities provide stability. They are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions such as snow, rain, wind, and heat.

2. Location: Traditional self storage facilities are typically located near major roadways and shopping areas. This means that they are easily accessible for most people .

3. Reliability: Traditional self storage facilities offer reliability. They are monitored by security cameras 24/7. This ensures that your belongings remain safe and sound.

4. Safety: Traditional self storage facilities ensure safety. They are inspected regularly so that there are no issues with the facility.

5. Accessibility: Traditional self storage facilities make accessibility easier. Many are open 7 days a week at hours convenient for their customers.

6. Value: Traditional self storage facilities give you value for money. They are affordable and offer flexible payment plans. These units are a great value for long term storage.

7. Climate Control: Many traditional storage facilities offer climate controlled units for your delicate and temperature-sensitive belongings.

8. No pick up or delivery costs: You don’t have to pay for any delivery fees when you move in or out of a traditional self storage facility.

 

Mini storage units
Small storage units are great for those on a budget.

Traditional Self Storage Unit Disadvantages

There are some disadvantages associated with traditional self storage units. Here are some drawbacks of using these types of facilities:

1. Cleanliness: Traditional self storage units may not be as clean as portable storage containers.

2. Size: Traditional self storage units are generally larger than portable storage containers. You might not need that much space.

3. Availability: Traditional self storage units aren’t always available. Some locations only have certain sizes of units while others are closed during specific times of the year. Although it’s often easier to find a self service storage unit compared to a portable container.

4. Flexibility: There’s not as much flexibility when it comes to packing your belongings into the unit. It might be difficult to fit everything in.

5. Delivery Options: There are no delivery options for moving your belongings. You will have to do this yourself.

6. Transporting: You have to transport your belongings to your self service unit.

Omaha storage big rig truck
Omaha Storage helps you to get the job done

The Choice is Yours

The difference between portable storage containers and self storage units is pretty simple: portable storage containers are designed to be easily transported and stored, whereas self storage units are designed to be permanent fixtures.

The main advantage of portable storage containers is inherent in their portability. They’re lightweight and compact so they can be easily carried around.

If you’re planning to move or require temporary storage, portable storage is the way to go. They’re easy to pack and convenient to deliver, which makes them ideal for moving. You can choose when to pick up your items and avoid having to drive to another location to store them.

They are also stackable which allows you to maximize the amount of storage space available. In addition, some models can be folded down into a flat position when not in use.

You do pay an added price for the convenience of portability. If you plan to move your unit to the destination soon, then you save the expense of a moving truck because the storage company moves the unit for you. Because of these benefits, the convenience outweighs the costs. However if you plan for long term storage, then mini storage is a better option to keep costs low.

Mini storage units aren’t quite as convenient since they are located inside a storage center building. However, they are more sturdy since they are built to last. Being made out of steel and concrete makes their buildings sturdy and durable.

In addition, traditional storage centers are usually located near major roads and shopping areas. This makes them an excellent option for people who plan on living in one place for a long period of time.

Now that you know the advantages and disadvantages of self storage compared to portable storage — and the costs associated with each — you’re now ready to make your own decision.

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Storage

Cell Phone Apps for Self Storage Convenience

Smartphone apps offer promising ways to make things convenient for self-storage renters. To help people who rent a self storage unit, many self storage centers offer a phone app to manage each renter’s unit.

These apps can control gate access, pay storage center bills, keep track of the renter’s inventory in the unit and much more.

There are also several independent apps that can be downloaded to the phone to manage the renter’s self storage unit.

Some apps might even let you sign up for insurance to cover your storage center contents.

But not all apps are created equal. You need to know which apps are most reliable when doing which types of tasks. You can use these tips to help you choose which mobile applications offer the best features for your particular needs.

In this article, we will review the best self storage phone apps. We have selected these apps based on their popularity, ease of use, customer support and overall satisfaction.

How to Download These Apps to Your Phone

The best way to download the app as you review this article is to copy the name of the app and then go to either the Apple App Store (for iPhone users) or the Google Play Store (for Android users). Once at the store, you can then “GET” the app and have it download to your phone.

Phone app
Mini Storage phone apps can help with your storage needs by keeping an inventory of your items, opening/closing the gate, and even sending payments for your storage bill.

Best Self Storage Apps For Self Storage Renters

1. Self Storage App

 

The Self Storage App from SpiderDoor is one of the most popular self storage management apps available. It has been around since 2017 and it was created by the same company that created the well-known online moving service called mover.com.

This app offers an easy way to find your nearest self storage facility, view photos of your current or past units, get directions to your storage unit, see what items you currently have stored in your unit and even schedule pick up and delivery services.

The app is highly rated with 536 reviews and a rating of 4.8 out of 5.

2. My Space Self Storage

My Space Self Storage is a handy app that will help you find a self storage facility based on your needs. For example, you can select whether you’re looking for climate controlled storage spaces, pet friendly storage spaces, drive up storage spaces or outdoor storage spaces. You can also filter your results by size, price range, brand and amenities offered.

The app allows you to read reviews about the storage facility and contact the owner directly through email.

The app has 18 reviewers who gave it a rating of 4.9 out of 5

3. Public Storage

The Public Storage app lets you browse their inventory of storage spaces near you and see which ones have availability. You can apply for an available space online and once approved, you’ll get directions to your new storage unit. Their site states that you can open gates, doors, pay your bill and manage your account. You can do everything from the convenience of your cell phone.

The app is highly rated with 40,500 reviews and a rating of 4.7 out of 5.

4. U-Haul

The U-Haul app lets you book a moving truck rental from one of their locations directly from your phone. You can also schedule pick ups and drop offs, pay for your rental online, rent a storage unit and track the progress of your move.

The app is highly rates with 215,449 reviewers who gave the app a 4.5 out of 5 rating.

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Mini Storage phone apps bring the latest technology to storage.

5. CubeSmart Self Storage

The CubeSmart app lets you browse their storage spaces and reserve a spot for yourself. If you decide to go ahead with your reservation, you can use the app to create a customized key fob that opens the gate to your storage unit.

You can also manage your account, change your address, request repairs, report problems and more.

The app is not highly rated with 104 reviews and a rating of 1.4 out of 5.

6. ExtraSpace

ExtraSpace is another popular choice among renters because they offer affordable monthly rates (a few dollars cheaper than average). You can book a storage unit online and once you arrive at the facility, you can access your stuff using a unique PIN number. The app can retrieve your gate code, utilize bluetooth to open the gate upon arrival and manage payments.

The app is highly rated with over 1,000 reviews and a rating of 4.3 out of 5.

7. MakeSpace

MakeSpace claims to be “your closet in the cloud.” Their app can take a picture of each item and measure how much space it take. From there it can recommend ways to maximize your storage space. The MakeSpace Team then picks up, hauls and stores your stuff — for less than the cost of traditional self storage. The app can also schedule pickups and deliveries and keep a photo catalog of your belongings.

The app is highly rated with over 1,500 reviews and a rating of 4.7 out of 5.

8. SmartStop Self Storage

SmartStop Self Storage offers secure storage units with 24/7 video surveillance. They also provide climate controlled storage spaces and drive up storage units. The cell phone app can help you locate a storage facility in under 5 minutes.

The app has 17 reviewers who gave it a rating of 4.5 out of 5

9. MyStorPal

MyStorPal claims to be “storage at your fingertips.” You can look up your unit number and gate access codes, get address directions to your storage facility and make payments from your mobile device. The app can also photograph and document your belongings along with one touch support to call your storage facility. Available for both iOS and Android, MyStorPal answers common questions and provides a secure mobile payment portal that acts as a virtual cashier.

The app doesn’t have a lot of reviews yet, with 28 reviewers and a rating of 3.4 out of 5.

10. Mini U Storage

This app is designed specifically for helping you store your belongings. It helps you search for a storage facility nearby and reserve a spot for your things. Once you arrive, you can open the gate to your storage space using a code sent on screen at the completion of the online rental agreement. You can make payments and see your balance with the app.

The app has 629 reviewers who gave it a rating of 4.6 out of 5

11. Neighbor

When you’re looking for storage space, Neighbor Storage gives you access to neighbors’ spaces. Securely and easily find cheap storage or list your unused space for free. Neighbor helps you save up to 50% off the cost of secure storage for your belongings.

This is the only storage app here that can also make you money since you can rent out your empty space for a monthly income.

Neighbor provides a marketplace of affordable storage units by accessing unused residential and commercial space. Neighbor connects people who have extra space in their homes to tenants who need self-storage.

The app has 2,400 reviewers who gave it a rating of 4.6 out of 5

12. Storage Genie

Storage Genie allows you to compare prices and availability of storage facilities in your area. You can book a storage unit online or through the app. If you don’t want to pay upfront, you can use an installment plan. The app will even let you know when your storage unit is available.

The app has 38 reviewers and a rating of 2.3 out of 5.

13. My Self Storage

You can search for local storage facilities near you, view photos of your storage unit, request service and more. The app also lets you manage your account information and track your storage unit’s location.

The app has 31 reviewers who give it a rating of 5 out of 5

In conclusion, these are some of the best self storage apps for renters that we found. We hope this guide helped you decide which app to choose.

If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

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Moving Storage

Where to Get Free and Low Cost Packing Peanuts

Packing peanuts (also known as packing materials, cushioning, foam peanuts, packing pellets, shipping popcorn and shipping peanuts) are used to fill the gaps inside packages so that items will not be damaged in shipment and moving. They are shaped to fit together when they’re compressed and separate when they aren’t.

Composed of polystyrene — more familiarly known as Styrofoam — these packing materials are very durable and can take a long time to decompose when disposed of. As a result, new types of shipping materials have been developed which are biodegradable.

Polystyrene packing peanuts were first introduced in 1965 and have been widely used ever since. They’re about the size and appearance of an unshelled peanut.

Because they are durable, they can be used repeatedly. Even after repeated use, there’s little to no reduction in the ability of the peanuts to protect the product in the box.

They can also be recycled at shipping stores around the country. Shipping stores are a great place to check first when you need to get packing peanuts.

They are Versatile

Packing peanuts come in many shapes and sizes. Some are round; others are square, triangular, oval, rectangular, hexagonal or octagonal. Their dimensions vary too. For example, some are only one inch thick while others may reach up to three inches.

Packing peanuts are available in various densities. The density refers to how much air space there is between each piece. A low-density packing peanut has less air space than a high-density packing peanut.

Types

There are two main types of packing peanuts:

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) – EPS packing peanuts are the traditional and most commonly used packing peanuts. They are manufactured by heating and expanding a bead of styrene monomer until it becomes solid.

Then, the beads are fused together using heat and pressure to form a continuous sheet. The sheet is then cut into small pieces and formed into the desired shape.

EPS packing peanuts are typically sold in four different densities: Low Density (LD), Medium Density (MD), High Density (HD) and Extra High Density (XHD). LD packing peanuts weigh approximately 8 ounces per cubic foot, MD packing peanuts weigh approximately 12 ounces per cubic foot, HD packing peanuts weigh approximately 16 ounces per cubic foot and XHD packing peanuts weigh approximately 24 ounces per cubic foot.

Cellulose Acetate Butyrate (CAB) – CAB packing peanuts are made from cellulose acetate butyrate, a biodegradable plastic. They are usually white in color with a transparent window on one side.

Like EPS packing peanuts, CAB packing peanuts are available in different densities. However, unlike EPS packing peanuts, CBA packing peanuts do not contain any styrene monomers.

Instead, they are produced by mixing cellulose acetate fibers with butyric acid. The mixture is then melted and molded into sheets. These sheets are then cut into pieces and formed into the required shape. The first biodegradable packing material to look like “peanuts” goes by the tradename of Biofoam and is made from sorghum.

Manufacturing Process

The manufacturing process for packing peanuts begins with the production of a bead of styrene. Styrene is an organic compound that consists of carbon atoms bonded to hydrogen and oxygen atoms. It’s a clear liquid at room temperature. When heated, styrene polymerizes into a hard, brittle material called “polymer.” After being heated, the styrene is mixed with other chemicals and compressed under high pressure. This forms a sheet of polystyrene. The sheet is then sliced into small pieces and shaped into the desired size and shape. This process causes them to expand to several times their original volume. Finally, the packing peanuts are coated with a thin layer of adhesive. Once cooled, the packing peanuts are ready to use.

Uses

Packing peanuts are primarily used as filler inside packaging items such as boxes, crates, cartons, pallets, etc. They are often placed inside these containers to cushion the contents and prevent damage during shipment. Packing peanuts are also used to protect products from moisture and dust. In addition, they’re sometimes used to create a decorative effect.

 

What Stores Carry Packing Peanuts

Most stores carry packing peanuts in bulk quantities. Some stores may even offer discounts if you buy large amounts of packing peanuts.

Many people check the popular shipping and moving stores first. This would be The UPS Store, FedEx, UHaul and USPS.

You may also find packing peanuts at most major stores, including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart and Grainger Industrial Supply.

If you don’t see packing peanuts in your local store, you might want to check out online retailers. Many online retailers sell packing peanuts in bulk and offer discounts. Amazon has a good selection.

Free and Low Cost Packing Peanuts
The right places to ask for free packing peanuts

Where to Get Free and Low Cost Packing Peanuts

If you want free packing peanuts, there are many places where you might find them. Some stores will give away free packing peanuts when you purchase something else from them. Other stores might give you free packing peanuts just so they don’t have to deal with them from their incoming container supplies.

Check with Vitamin Stores, Optical Shops, Pier One, Home Goods, Furniture Stores, Smoke Shops

These shops receive their delicate shipments packed in cartons with packing peanuts used for cushioning. Once the packages are opened, these stores have to figure out a way to discard the packing materials.

Check with the store manager (or assistant manager). You might get lucky and pick up the supplies you need right away. You’ll probably have to check back often, so you can grab those shipping materials right after the moment their shipments are delivered.

You can call them to ask to save it for you — or check their dumpsters. You may find packing materials, bubble wrap and boxes that they’re throwing away. You’d be amazed at the things people throw out.

Check Craigslist.org and Facebook Marketplace

People often try to get rid of packing materials for free on Craigslist and Facebook marketplace. It’s a way for people to recycle the packing materials and protect the environment.

Check Freecycle.org

Freecycle is an international website that allows people to post items for free. It’s similar to Craigslist.org but instead of posting items for sale, users post items for free.

It’s an interesting concept. On Freecycle.org, people give away the items they no longer need, and then get the items they do need. The basic rule is: whatever you give away must be completely free, and you can not take anything from people without giving something back.

It’s not uncommon for someone to have extra packing peanuts lying around. It’s a great opportunity.

Ask Your Neighbors

Your neighbors may have extra packing peanuts. Especially anyone that has recently moved. Ask them if you can use them.

Free Packing Peanuts From Shipping Companies

This one can be hit or miss. Some companies offer free packing peanuts as part of a promotion. For example, UPS may run an in store promo offering free packing peanuts with your next package delivery. You just have to catch it at the right time. FedEx might give out free packing peanuts with each package it delivers.

 

Even if you track down packing materials for free, you still need to know that it will take some of your own valuable time to do this.

It might be worth it to spend your time to get packing materials free. It can sometimes be difficult to determine the value of your time, especially when you’re days away from a move.

One way to look at it is this… is it worth trimming down your moving costs if you’re on a tight budget and you’ve already spent a lot on the move? For many people, the answer is Yes.

Let’s say you want to move into a 2-bedroom home. You could spend anywhere between $150-$300 for new packing supplies. If you save a good chunk of that just by doing some simple asking around, it could well be worth your time.

 

How to Make Your Own Packing Materials

You don’t need any special equipment to make your own packing materials. All you need is a pair of scissors and a few sheets of newspaper.

First, cut up a piece of newspaper into strips. Next, fold the paper in half lengthwise. Cut along one side of the folded paper to form two triangles. Fold the triangle in half so that it resembles a rectangle. Now, unfold the paper and open it back up again.

Repeat this step until you’ve created a stack of rectangles. Place the stack of rectangles inside another piece of newspaper. Roll the entire thing tightly to create a ball.

Continue rolling the balls until you reach the desired size.

 

How to Test for Biodegradable Packing Materials

If you’re not sure whether something can be recycled, just take a quick look at it. If that is not effective, there is a foolproof method for determining if a material is eco-friendly.

To test whether plastic packaging materials are biodegradable, run them under running water. Organic compounds break down into biodegradable substances when they come into contact with moisture.It only requires a few minutes for the material to be completely dissolved.

12 Ways to Reuse Packing Peanuts

Recycling is important because it helps keep our environment clean. There are many ways to recycle packing peanuts. Here are 12 great ideas:

1. Use packing peanuts to line trash cans.

2. Use packing peanuts to cover furniture legs so that people and kids don’t bump into them.

3. Use packing peanuts to protect books from dust during storage.

4. Use packing peanuts to cushion items during storage.

5. Use packing peanuts to fill gaps between shelves.

6. Use packing peanuts to prevent books from falling off bookcases. They provide shock-absorbing protection for your belongings, keeping them safe from falls and impacts.

7. Use packing peanuts to hold together boxes. Fill empty spaces in the boxes to prevent shifting.

8. Use packing peanuts to secure loose papers.

9. Use packing peanuts to separate layers of newspapers.

10. Use packing peanuts to wrap gifts. Fill a box with the packing peanuts around the gift to prevent vibrations to the gift.

11. Use packing peanuts to stuff pillows.

12. Use packing peanuts to pack small items like jewelry or coins.

12. Use packing peanuts inside gift bags to protect gifts.

 

Recycling

Because newer packing peanuts are made from recycled materials, they can be considered environmentally friendly. Recycled packing peanuts are generally accepted by recycling programs because they have similar properties to virgin packing peanuts.

 

Packing Materials Facts

Packing peanuts come in different sizes and shapes. They’re usually sold by weight rather than by number.

Packing peanuts are made from recycled materials. In fact, they contain less plastic than regular trash bags.

You can put packing peanuts in a cooler with cold cans instead of using ice. The packing peanuts will insulate the cooler and keep the cans cold.

Packing peanuts aren’t just for packaging products. They also help keep furniture dry during transit.

Packing peanuts can be used at the bottom of a planter to help draining for potted plants.

You can refill flat bean bag chairs with packing peanuts to give the chair a new lift.

If you’re looking for an easy way to recycle packing materials, consider re-using packing peanuts instead of throwing them away.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Eat Biodegradable Packing Peanuts?

No. Even though they are called “edible” and nontoxic packing peanuts, they are not produced in a food processing facility. If people or pets do eat some, it should be safe. There’s no nutritional value and you just don’t want that to become a habit. The best thing to do with packing peanuts is to throw them out. However, some people use them as mulch around plants.

Why Do They Call Them Packing Peanuts?

They call them packing peanuts because of the similarity of the shape to a peanut. They interlock nicely and a’re designed to fit inside boxes and other containers.

Are Packing Peanuts Still Used?

Yes. Packaging companies still use packing peanuts today. They’re often used to package small items such as jewelry, toys, and electronics.

What Are the Best Types of Packing Peanuts?

There’s no single type of packing peanut. There are many types available. For example, there are round packing peanuts, square packing peanuts, and even triangular packing peanuts. Some packing peanuts are made from natural fibers such as jute and cotton. Others are made from synthetic fibers like polypropylene.

How Do I Make My Own Packing Peanuts?

You don’t need any special tools to make your own packing peanut. All you need is scissors and a couple of pieces of newspaper. First, tear up a sheet of newspaper into strips. Then, fold the paper in thirds lengthwise. Open the paper up again. Repeat this process until you’ve created a pile of rectangles. Finally, roll the rectangles together to create a ball .

How Much Does It Cost To Use Packing Peanuts? How Long Will They Last?

You’ll pay about $1 per pound for packing peanuts. That means you could buy enough packing peanuts to wrap all of your items for about $10. Once you open the package, however, you won’t need to buy more. Packaging peanuts last for years.

What Locales Are Styrofoam Packing Materials Banned?

The traditional packing materials were made of styrofoam. Styrofoam is considered to be a major contributor to environmental litter and could harm wildlife. Styrofoam is banned in some towns and counties and in these five states: Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Vermont.

Are Packing Materials Bad for the Environment?

It depends on what kind of packing material you choose. Polystyrene foam can take hundreds of years to decompose. Paperboard takes only months. But if you have to dispose of packing peanuts, you might want to think twice before tossing them in the trash. Recycling packing peanuts is one option. Another option is to compost them.

Will UPS Accept Packing Peanuts to Recycle?

Packing peanuts aren’t accepted by most recycling programs. You may be able to recycle them at home through your local curbside collection program. Check with your local government to see if they accept packing peanuts.

How Can I Get Rid of Packaging Materials?

If you don’t want to throw away these items, you can take them to a recycling facility where they’ll be recycled into new products. You can find collection bins at several local stores such as Lowe’s, Target, Kohl’s and Walmart.

What Packaging is the Most Friendly for the Environment?

Packaging made from corrugated cardboard and other types of recycled materials are regarded as being among the most eco-friendly and sustainable.

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Storage

Size Calculator for Your Optimum Storage Unit

Many people wonder, “how big of a unit do I need?” Often they just use their best guess, and that’s usually pretty close.

Some customers end up guessing a little short on size — and then need a bigger unit (after having moved most of their belongings into the unit that was too small).

Our size calculator can help eliminate some of the guesswork. And by going through the process of getting a count of what you do have on hand, you can better plan your needs and how to move everything.

This calculator is very simple. Just fill in the amount and type of each item to store.

Once finished, click the “Calculate Now” button. The result is an estimate of your storage unit need, based on the amount of cubic feet calculated. 

Whether freeing up space at home or needing storage for your business, this can help find the perfect size storage for you.

The calculator is only as good as the information you put into it – so be sure to give it your best accurate estimate!

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Moving Blankets

9 Ways to Find Free and Low-Priced Moving Blankets

When it comes to moving a home and self storage, moving blankets are a necessity.

A moving blanket is similar to a traditional blanket, but is made from thicker material and has stronger stitching.

Moving blankets are the key to a fast and safe way to move. We’ve figured out some of the cheapest and safest methods for using them. Keep reading to find out.

These blankets are sometimes — accurately or inaccurately — referred to as “storage blankets,” “furniture pads,” “moving pads” or “furniture moving pads.” They all have the same goal: protecting your belongings from getting scratched.

In some cases, people find out during their move that these blankets are necessary for a good move — and as important as moving boxes and strong tape. A moving blanket protects your belongings from scratches, dents, and nicks.

You don’t have to worry about damaging delicate items during the move. Moving blankets make packing and unpacking easy. No more lifting boxes! Simply roll the blanket around your items and tie it securely.

This articles goes into depth about why moving blankets are important, where to find good deals (sometimes for free) — along with things you might not have even known about moving blankets.

 

Types of Moving Blankets

A moving blanket is a large rectangular piece of fabric or plastic that can be wrapped around furniture and other items in order to protect them from scratches and dents while being moved. They’re also used to cushion fragile objects like glassware and china.Sometimes they can help prevent larger scratches during the course of a move.

Moving blankets are made of various materials including polyester, nylon, microfiber, and cotton. Each type offers its own benefits.

The most common type of moving blanket is made of heavy-duty nylon or polyester material. These materials are durable enough to withstand repeated use, but they don’t absorb moisture well. Moisture can cause mold growth on the surface of the blanket.

Polyester moving blankets are durable and easy to clean. These blankets are made from 100% polyester yarns. They resist stains well. Polyester moving blankets also tend to be more affordable than other types of moving blankets. These moving blankets can be machine washed but not tumble-dried.

Nylon moving blankets are strong, sturdy and resistant to tearing. They’re also stain-resistant and last a long time. However, they don’t hold their shape as well as other types of moving blankets. They are also more expensive than cotton moving blankets because they cost more to make.

Microfiber moving blankets are soft and absorbent. They’re great for delicate items such as china, crystal, silverware, and jewelry.

Cotton moving blankets. These are often used by movers who want to keep costs low. Cotton moving blankets are breathable and comfortable. They are typically much softer than polyester moving blankets. They’re also lightweight and easy to care for.Cotton moving blankets can be machine-washed and tumble-dried. However, cotton moving blankets don’t last as long as polyester moving blankets.

When choosing the type of moving blanket you want, consider which type of surface you want to protect. A soft, smooth surface such as carpeting or wood floors is ideal for a cotton moving blanket. A rough surface such as concrete or tile needs a polyester moving blanket.

Pro Tip:A single $15 moving blanket could save you hundreds — maybe even thousands — of dollars in damage. Just imagine your flat-screen TV getting hit by the side of the dining room table. A blanket could brace that impact.

 

How to Use A Moving Blanket

There’s no right or wrong way to wrap your belongings with a moving blanket. The best thing to do is experiment until you figure out what works best for you.

Here are some tips to help you decide how to use a moving blanket:

1. Wrap your item first. This helps ensure that it doesn’t fall off the blanket when you start wrapping.

2. Start at one end of the item and work toward the opposite end. You’ll need to wrap each side separately.

3. Make sure the item is completely covered before wrapping any additional sides. If an area isn’t fully protected, it may become damaged later.

4. When you reach the end of the item, fold over the excess material so it covers the entire item.

5. Secure the ends of the blanket with tape or rope or bungee. Tape is usually better because it’s easier to remove if needed.

6. Once you’re done wrapping, secure the blanket with tape or ropes.

7. Place the blanket inside a box or bag. It should fit snugly without leaving gaps.

8. Label the outside of the box or bag with the contents’ name and give the box (or bag) a number. This number will come in handy if you plan to place the box or bag into a storage unit.

9. Store the box or bag in a safe place until you’re ready to unpack it.

10. Remove the blanket once you’ve unpacked everything.

11. Wash the blanket after every use .

12. Don’t throw away old blankets. Instead… donate them to Goodwill or another charity. Or you could give them to the next person you know who has a move coming up.

13. Keep a few extra blankets handy just in case something happens along the way.

14. Remember to wash your hands after handling a moving blanket.

 

Using Two Moving Blankets to Overlap Large Items

Secure the top of the object you’re planning on protecting. If the cargo you’re anticipating moving is large enough, it’s likely that two moving blankets will be sufficient for your needs.

You can do this easily by putting one moving blanket on the object and then using elastic bands or bungees to secure the first cover.

If possible, turn the item upside down so that the other side is facing up. Repeat the above steps in the same sequence. This willsecure your item from both sides with the moving blanket covers.

The outer fabric of the blanket can protect the edges of the cargo — and help prevent scratching with the overlapping coverage. Moving blankets are made to transport and protect whatever objects they cover large or small.

 

How Large is a Moving Blanket?

The size of a moving blanket depends on the weight of the items being moved. Most moving blankets measure about 36″ x 60″. Some people prefer smaller sizes while others like bigger ones.

If you need something larger, there are premium quality 80”x72” heavy duty blankets available. They are durable and protect against scratching, nicks, dirt, and moisture.Tthey’re perfect for protecting expensive belongings when you move them.

In addition, there are different thicknesses available. For example, a thicker moving blanket might be able to withstand heavier items.

 

Moving Blankets Can Help With…

Dust and Moisture

Moving blankets are a great way to keep dust and dirt from getting into your furniture, a desk, your piano, electronics and more.

They also offer protection from things that are in your other boxes. You may not be concerned about a barbeque getting scratched up, but that grill might rub up and damage what’s packed next to it.

Even dust mites. Dust mites thrive in warm, moist environments. Moisture can cause dust mites to multiply rapidly. Dust mites also love dark places where they can hide from light.

Moving blankets keep your home clean and dry. Surprisingly, they prevent dust mites from settling on furniture, carpeting, walls, and other surfaces. As a result, they might help reduce the risk of allergies and asthma attacks by preventing this dust mite buildup.

A moving blanket also helps protect your belongings from damage caused by water. Water can ruin clothing, electronics, and other valuable possessions.

It keeps your things clean and dry. You won’t have to worry about mold growing on your belongings. Mold grows best in damp conditions.

Preventing Transportation Damage

Moving blankets provide protection against transportation damage. If you pack fragile items such as glassware, china, crystal, artwork, etc., then you’ll want to wrap them in bubble wrap or some type of protective material. But what do you do with all those other items?

You can put them in a plastic trash bag or cardboard box. However, these materials don’t offer much protection against sharp objects or rough handling.

You should consider using a moving blanket instead. It’s made of thick, sturdy fabric that will protect your belongings from damage during transport.

Protection Against Scratches

Scratching is one of the most common problems associated with moving. The problem starts before you even start packing.

When you unpack, you’ll find that many of your belongings are scratched up. This is because they were exposed to dust and dirt while stored in their previous location. Moving blankets will protect your belongings from scratches.

Protection of Furniture

Furniture is another area where moving blankets come in handy. They protect your furniture from dents and scrapes. They also protect your furniture from stains and odors.

When you pack your furniture, make sure you use a mattress pad. These pads are designed to absorb moisture and prevent it from seeping through the padding and damaging the mattress itself.

If you’re going to move heavy furniture, you’ll need to take extra precautions. Use two people when lifting and carrying. And if possible, hire movers who specialize in moving heavy furniture.

Safety

The last thing you want to happen is for something to fall off the truck and injure someone. That’s why you should always wear safety glasses and ear plugs while loading and unloading your belongings.

And remember to check your belongings every day after unpacking. Make sure nothing was damaged during transit.

 

How To Choose A Good Moving Blanket

There are several different types of moving blankets available. Some are more durable than others. Others are better at keeping out dust mites. Still others are easier to fold and store.

Here are some factors to consider when choosing a good moving blanket:

Durability

How long will this moving blanket last? Will it be able to withstand repeated washings?

Ease Of Storage

Is there enough room inside the storage container for this moving blanket? Can you easily fold it into a compact package?

Size

What size moving blanket will work best for you? Do you need a large one or a small one?

Price

How much does this moving blanket cost? Are there any discounts available…

 

 

Finding Moving Blankets

You can find these blankets online or at home improvement stores. However, they aren’t cheap. Expect to pay between $20-$40 per moving blanket depending on the brand and size.

Some companies offer discounts if you buy multiple blankets at once. Check around and see what deals you can get.

When shopping for a moving blanket, make sure it fits all of the items you want to protect. Also, look for a warranty. Many brands provide warranties on their products.

Moving blankets are an excellent way to protect your belongings during a move. You can choose between different styles and sizes to fit your needs.

 

Here are some of the top moving blankets on the market today:

Places that Sell (or Rent) Moving Blankets

1. UHaul

UHaul moving blankets are great for protecting delicate items like fine art, jewelry, and antiques. It comes in three sizes and is easy to fold and store. It has a waterproof backing so you don’t have to worry about water getting inside.

It’s a popular choice among professional movers. It’s made of high quality materials and is very durable. The fabric is stain resistant and won’t fade over time.

They have another moving blanket that is perfect for protecting clothing and linens. It’s made with soft microfiber material and folds flat for easy storage. It’s also machine washable and drys quickly.

To save money, UHaul might rent you the moving blankets and you just return them when you’re done.

UHaul’s competitors, Budget Trucks and Penske might also rent moving blankets.

2. Lodi Metals

Lodi Metals is a top supplier of Moving Blankets in the country. Many people have not heard of them. If you’re looking for USA made moving blankets, cheap cargo blankets, or to supply a moving fleet with moving blankets — they can help you. They offer moving blankets for all budgets and all needs. If you want one moving blanket or a pack of 4 or twelve blankets — they can help.Their phone number is 800-807-5634

3. Home Depot

Home Depot has quality moving blankets. You can buy online or pick up in the store. They also offer free shipping on some of the moving blankets.

4. Lowe’s

Lowe’s offers many types of moving blankets. Their moving blankets come in several sizes and colors. They also have a variety of accessories such as plastic bags, bubble wrap, and packing tape.

5. Target

Target sells affordable moving blankets. They have a wide selection of colors and sizes. If the discount code is still active when you read this, you can use “TARGET10” to receive 10% off your order.

6. Walmart

Walmart has twelve packs of the 54 inch by 72 inch pads at a competitive price. Walmart has a wide selection of moving blankets. You can purchase them online or in the store. Some of the moving blankets are made from recycled plastic bottles.

7. Costco

Costco sells moving blankets in bulk. They have everything from small travel sized blankets to big ones that can cover the back of a pickup truck. They also have a good selection of other supplies like boxes and bubble wrap.

8. Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond carries a variety of products to help with a move including the softer blankets used to move delicate and smaller belongings.

9. Amazon

Amazon has a huge selection of moving blankets. There are many options including color, style, and size.They have a variety for every budget and need.

10. Full Service Movers

Full-Service movers in your area often provide moving blankets.

 

9 Ways to Find Free and Low Priced Storage Blankets
9 Ways to Find Free and Low-Priced Storage Blankets plus One Bonus Way

Where to Find Free and Low-Priced Moving Blankets

There are many ways to get free moving blankets.

Here are some ideas:

1. Ask friends and family members if they have any leftover blankets from previous moves.

2. Look at local thrift shops.

3. Contact local charities.

4. Post flyers in your neighborhood.

5. Search Craigslist.

6. Visit garage sales.

7. Offer to help someone else move. This could be someone new moving into your neighborhood. Afterwards… ask them their plans for the moving blankets and moving boxes.

8. Check different moving companies to see if they offer free moving blankets.

9. Check Facebook Marketplace.

10. Be creative!

I know what you might be thinking… it’s not really free if you have to spend time chasing down blankets. Your time is very valuable and when moving you don’t have a lot of extra time available.

However, considering that each blanket could be worth $20 to $40 dollars, if you get 5 free blankets from just one of these ideas and it took you an hour — that could be a $200 savings for the hour spent.

How to Wrap a Couch with a Moving Blanket

You can protect a couch from damage by using furniture pads or a stretch wrap, depending on the couch’s fabric type. Start by removing any blankets and throw pillows and packing those separately in a bag or small box. Then remove the legs and detach any arms — if necessary.

 

The Amount of Blankets Needed for Moving a House

A good rule of thumb is to start with around 11 to 12 blankets per bedroom. If that seems like a lot, you could look at having one blanket for every 5 square feet of space inside your moving truck.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do You Clean Moving Blankets?

You could wash your reusable blankets by hand if you wanted to. However, most people will opt to throw them in the washing machine on cold cycle. You need to avoid the dryer and go with line dry instead.

What Should I do with my Old Blankets After Moving?

If you’re going to donate them to charity, make sure to check out what type of organization accepts blankets. Many organizations only accept blankets that were purchased through them.

Can I Reuse My Blankets?

Yes, but you’ll want to wash them first.

Is There Anything Special About Moving Blankets?

Yes, they come in handy during a move and are more durable than regular blankets.

Do I Have to Buy Moving Blankets?

No, it’s up to you. Some people can use whatever blankets they already own. Although home blankets might not be as sturdy.

Can I Sleep Using a Moving Blanket for Warmth?

A moving blanket can also provide an extra layer of warmth on a cold night. Whether you are trying to keep warm during an outside event, looking for warmth huddled up on the sofa during a binge watch, or as a blanket on the bed to help keep heat in and the cold out, a moving blanket can do the trick.

Can I Use Bubble Wrap and Plastic Sheeting Instead of a Moving Blanket

You can substitute something else for a moving blanket. A thick towel or bedsheet should work just fine, or even packing wrap or packing paper.

Bubble wrap and plastic sheeting are two of the best tools at your disposal when it comes to safely moving your furniture. Use bubble wrap to protect delicate pieces and to protect upholstered items.

Do Moving Blankets have Fiberglass?

Some have an inner layer of fiberglass batting insulation. Others may have recycled plastics and nylon.

When Should I Start Packing?

You should start packing for your move at least 3 weeks prior to your anticipated move date. The actual moving preparation process should start at least 6-8 weeks before your move. The earlier you start the packing process, the easier it will be when your move date approaches.

Are Moving Blankets Waterproof?

Moving blankets are typically made of polyester or cotton material.

The cotton ones are usually not waterproof. If a cotton moving blanket gets wet, it needs to dry thoroughly before being stored. 

Some moving blankets are treated with water repellent coating. For example, when the cotton is blended with a water-resistant material like polyester, these blankets can repel light amounts of water and keep the water from absorbing into the blanket. This helps prevent moisture from getting into the blanket and causing mildew.

Are Moving Blankets Stain Resistant?

Some moving blankets are treated with a stain resistant coating. These types of blankets are often made of 100% cotton and are ideal for those who plan to pack their blankets inside a suitcase.

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13 Questions to Ask a Self Storage Center Before Renting

Storing your belongings isn’t rocket science. Although having someone else store your unused belongings can make your life simpler.

Doing initial research before renting a storage unit can help you choose the best one for your specific needs. And the preparation can save you money in the long run.

Choosing the right self storage facility is important. By knowing what the storage center offers along with what’s included when renting a unit — you can be assured that your belongings are safe and your money is wisely invested.

More and more Americans are renting storage units for their extra belongings. It has become such big business that there are actually more self-storage units than McDonalds restaurants in the United States.

Whether you’re a first time storage unit renter or an experienced pro, the questions below can help assertively guide you through the process of choosing the best storage facility for your needs.

 

The Different Types of Storage Units…

There are many different kinds of storage units available in today’s market. These include:

Self-Storage Units – The most common type of storage unit is a self-storage unit. This is where you place items such as furniture, boxes, or other household goods. You rent these units by the month or year.

Climate Controlled – A climate controlled unit is similar to a self-storage unit except it has an air conditioning system installed inside. This unit keeps your possessions cool during summer months and warm during winter months. It also helps prevent mold growth on stored items.

Drive Up Access – Drive up access allows you to drive directly into the unit with your vehicle. This makes loading and unloading easier than having to carry things into the building.

Drive Thru Access – Drive thru access allows you to drive straight through the front door of the storage facility without having to go around the back of the building.

Vehicle Parking – Some storage facilities allow you to park vehicles, motorcycles, boats or RV’s in their parking lot. This is helpful if you have multiple cars or trucks — or a homeowner’s association that doesn’t like boats or RVs in the neighborhood.

Furthermore, some storage centers offer additional services and features that may be useful to you.

 

Common Features Offered at Self Storage Centers

When choosing a storage facility, there are several features to be considered.

Here are some of the more popular ones are:

Climate Control – Climate control maintains a safe temperature and humidity level for your property. It’s important if you’re storing items where the temperature varies from hot to really cold.

Security Cameras – Many storage facilities now use security cameras to monitor activity at the facility. They’re great for monitoring activity in the facility while you’re away.

Electronic Keypads – Most storage facilities now provide electronic keypads so you don’t need to carry keys anymore.
Pro Tip: Keep a photo copy of the storage center business card where they wrote your entrance code so you always have it as close as your phone.

Cell Phone App – Many facilities have their own app at the App Store and at Google Play. The app can have your phone relay your entrance code at the storage center gate for entering and exiting. These apps are very convenient.

Locking Doors – Locking doors keep people out of your unit while you’re not there.

24 Hour Access – 24 hour access means that you can enter your unit any time day or night.

Convenient Hours – Convenience hours mean that you can drop off or pick up items anytime.

24/7 Security Guards – Many storage facilities offer 24 hour security guards. 24/7 security guards means that the facility provides round the clock security.

Free Pickup & Delivery – Free pickup and delivery means that you won’t have to worry about carrying heavy items into the building.

No Minimum Lease Terms – No minimum lease terms means that you only pay for the amount of space you actually use.

No Deposit Required – No deposit required means that you don’t have to put down a security deposit when you sign a contract.

 

The First Step

The first step in finding a good storage facility is to determine how much space you need. There are several ways to figure this out.

First, you can measure the area of the room you plan to store your items in. Next estimate the number of items you’ll be storing and then multiply that number by the square footage of each item. Also pay close attention to those items with the longest lengths since those will ultimately determine fitting in the space.

For example, if you want to store one large piece of furniture that is three foot wide by ten foot long – you would multiply 3 x 10 which equals 30 square feet. That’s the minimum room needed to store that one large piece of furniture. The large piece of furniture might fit in a 10×10 unit (100 square feet and a needed 10 foot length) but not in a 5×5 (25 square feet and the 5 foot length is too short).

This method works well if you know the size of all of your items.

However, if you aren’t sure what size some of your items are, you may want to take measurements instead. If you do decide to measure your items, make sure you get accurate measurements. Also, be aware that measuring your items might require lifting them. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes when doing this.

For the common self storage unit sizes, see our article here.

Once you’ve determined how much space you need, contact a few different storage facilities to see which one offers the best rates. You should also consider other factors such as location, amenities, and customer service before choosing a storage facility.

 

You Don’t Have to Settle

Today’s self storage is designed with the customer in mind. There’s so many choices now and you don’t have to settle for just any storage unit. The main thing is to find the best storage unit by asking the right questions.

Many people work in the self storage industry
Each storage center has their own team to help. They know that real customers ask real questions. What questions would you like answers to?

What to Ask a Self-Storage Center Before Renting

The following questions can help you find the perfect storage facility:

1. How Much Does It Cost?

This is always the first question. Knowing how much it costs to rent a storage unit will give you a better idea of whether or not it’s worth renting.

Find out what the monthly rate is for renting a storage unit. You want to find out how much it will cost up front and monthly.

This can help you determine how much money you’d spend on rent per month.

And you can also find out how frequently they have to raise prices to match inflation. This helps so that you don’t have surprises later on.

2. What are Your Access Hours?

It helps to know when can enter the facility to drop off and pick up your stuff.

Many centers will give you a business sized card with their access hours. I like to take a picture of that card so I always have it in my phone for reference,

Most self storage centers are open during the typical 9-5 business hours — but that might just be the office staff in the office at that time. Some self storage facilities might open earlier and close later than others, but this doesn’t always mean that someone will be available if you need to talk to them.

Many centers have gate access from 7am to 9pm and I’ve found this works well for my lifestyle.

It’s less common to find a 24-hour access storage facility — but there are some facilities available if you’re the kind of person who needs to see your storage unit at 2 in the morning.

3. Do You Have Climate-Controlled Storage?

Only ask this if you have delicate or valuable items that need careful storage away from heat, cold and humidity. It’s expected that customers pay more for this level of storage.

Climate control maintains a safe temperature and humidity level for your property. It’s important if you’re storing items where the temperature varies from hot to really cold.

4. Do You Provide 24-Hour Security and What do you Provide to Prevent Theft?

Find out if they offer 24-hour security. Basic safety measures include gated entrances, surveillance cameras, well-lit areas and a tall wall. Advanced features include individual alarm systems and a real guard.

It would be helpful if there is a manager who lives on the site.

5. Is There A Deposit or Any Money Down?

Find out if there is a deposit or money down needed.

6. Can I Bring My Own Lock?

Some storage facilities allow you to bring your own lock. Only ask this question if you don’t want to purchase their lock but to use your own.

We recommend purchasing one of the storage centers’ locks that they provide to customers. Their selected lock will fit the unit latch and it will provide the experienced level of security.

As a side note: hopefully this doesn’t happen to you, but in the future if you need to know what a missing lock key is supposed to look like, the storage center can describe it in detail if you have one of their locks – surprisingly that information is needed sometimes.

7. Does the Facility Offer Any Specials?

Find out if the facility has special deals available by asking.

You could even ask… “what can I do to get a discount on the cost?” and see what they say.

Also check the self-storage center’s website and social pages for any online only deals. Even if you walk in to their office, you can mention the discount you saw on their website. I’ve found they usually give you the discount just for walking in and mentioning it.

In today’s very competitive market, self storage centers often have a student discount, military discount, seasonal discounts, website discount and the occasional new renter specials.

8. How Are You Better than the Competition?

Remember that there’s lots of storage options. You don’t have to settle for mediocre service — when you can have the best service for about the same price. You just have to find it by asking the right questions.

The good places will tell you exactly how they are better. Hopefully they say it with enthusiasm because that says a lot about how they feel about you, the customer.

If their answer sounds good and reasonable to you, then that could be the storage place you eventually choose.

9. Do You Have Insurance?

Check to see if they have insurance to protect your items and their storage center. Many centers offer insurance for an additional monthly fee.

10. Do You Have Pest Control?

This can be more important than many people realize. You don’t want bugs and rodents in your storage unit. A good storage facility will have a frequent pest control service that sprays the property, set traps and does what is needed to eliminate these pests.

For example, I had an RV sitting in a storage space and I took it to my car guy to change the battery. Instead they found signs of a rodent in the engine bay and let me know a rodent could chew on my engine wires. So I protected my RV and cleaned out the signs of the rodent — and didn’t go back to that storage space.

11. Are There Other Amenities Available?

Find out if any additional services are offered at the facility.

12. Are There Additional Fees?

Find out if there are any extra fees associated with using the facility.

Be careful of a self-storage center that offers unrealistic rental rates that are considerably lower than competitors — you might be charged unexpected hidden fees.

Normal fees include a security deposit and an administrative fee.

13. Ask About Moving Costs

If you are moving a home, this is a good time to ask your storage center if they can help. Find out if moving costs are included in the price of renting a storage unit (such as truck rental if available).

 

Watch Out for Extra Administrative Fees

As mentioned above, normal fees include a security deposit and an administrative fee.

Here’s a breakdown of the normal fees you can expect, so you know how to tell when you’re being ripped off.

Security Deposits – The amount of the security deposit depends on the size of the unit. Smaller units usually have a lower deposit. If you rent a 10×10 storage unit, you should expect to pay $100-$200 as a security deposit. Larger units such as 20×20 units can cost upwards of $500.

Administrative Fee – This is charged by the facility and is used to cover costs associated with running the facility. These could include things like utilities, maintenance, repairs, taxes, etc. This is charged per month and is used to cover the costs associated with running the storage facility. These could include anything from utilities, maintenance, repairs and taxes.

Rental Rate – This is the price you pay to use the storage facility for a certain period of time and is spelled out in the contract. It’s usually around $1.25 per square foot of space but will be more if the unit is climate controlled. Of course, the latest round of inflation could change that at any time.

Rental Period – This is for how long you need to store your items. Most contracts are typically month to month. Most contracts also state that you need to give the self storage center a written 30 day (or 14 day) notice prior to cancelling your unit. Some storage centers let you send the cancellation notice by email but I always prefer delivering the cancellation notice in person and 30 days before I no longer need the storage unit.

Storage Unit Size – This is spelled out in the contract and is the size of the storage unit you are renting.

Insurance Cost – Many storage facilities offer an optional insurance to cover your items and to cover damage to their unit. It’s a wise idea to pick this up.

Additional Features – Are there other amenities available and what are the fees.

Any other fees mentioned in the contract (or charged unexpectedly on your bill) — those need to be carefully scrutinized before signing (or when you get that first bill).

 

It’s Not Difficult to Rent Storage

I realize that all the questions above might look intimidating to some of the readers of this guide.

The office staff at each self storage facility are asked these questions every day — and they all have the answers prepared for you. Because of that, answering questions is a quick process for the office staff and it shows you’re interested in their service.

Believe me, once you go through this process once or twice, you’ll be amazed how simple it is and how professional you’ll sound.

And because you’ll sound professional when dealing with each self storage center, you’ll save money (and hassles) in the long run.

 

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11 Fun Facts About Self Storage

Storage units are an important part of modern life, so most people don’t think they’re particularly exciting. You may think that self-storages are just for keeping things. However, they’re actually quite useful in a number of ways.

They can be used to store your possessions in a safe and secure way, and you can even rent a storage space if you need extra room.

Self-storage is very popular with people who have moved a home or office. It’s also good for storing items such as furniture, tools, equipment, and other large objects. If you’re moving a home, it’s worth considering renting a unit before you move into your new house.

Self storage has been around for hundreds of years and the service’s economic numbers are larger than one might expect.

Here are some fun facts about self storage. Some of them might change your level of understanding on this useful service.

Ancient self storage is believed to have started in China
Ancient self storage is believed to have started in China

1. Self-Storage Isn’t a New Concept

Researchers have concluded that ancient Chinese storage units date back to 6,000 years ago. These units were filled with items the ancestors didn’t want to store at home.

Among these ancient items were extra pairs of flip flop sandals, family heirlooms, collectibles, and valuable possessions — giving insight into how people will continue to use their storage units in the distant future.

It is widely believed by historians that a man called Xiang Lau opened the first storage unit in China, when he realized his home was full of the bones of enemies he conquered. That’s an interesting thought… to wake up each day seeing the dried out bones of enemies.

So he built a stone structure to protect his bone collection and that structure still functions today. By doing so, he unknowingly started the first self storage center.

However, we must acknowledge that the true beginnings of modern storage facilities likely takes place in America. And in our own Omaha too! The Bekins brothers (Martin and John) started up Bekins Van and Storage Company. Initially they had three horse-drawn carriages which they called vans.

The Bekins Company would provide moving services across the state for families who needed them — and even stored some items for short periods.

For the rest of the story, you probably knew that Bekins grew over the years. Eventually helping people as far west as Los Angeles. Because of their high company standards, Bekins still exists today.

In our modern times, people use storage units to hold extra furniture, clothing, treasured antiques and seasonal decorations. This helps keep living rooms, kitchens, garages, basements and attics uncluttered and organized.

Additionally, many people use storage facilities to protect their valuables from theft.

If you’re thinking about renting a storage facility, take inventory of everything you own and figure out which things you need most often. If you’re looking for storage space, consider using storage units like our ancestors — storing things they didn’t need at the time but needed access to later.

Storage Costs can be estimated fairly accurately
You can estimate storage costs and be fairly accurately

2. Storage Costs Can be Quick to Estimate

Some people avoid renting storage units because they’re worried about the additional cost. Because storing things at a self-storage facility is normally associated with big changes in one’s lifestyle, it only makes sense for most people to be anxious about paying an additional monthly fee.

You can easily calculate your projected monthly budget by looking at industry averages online. Nationwide, the average cost per square foot of self-storing items is $1.25 per month, according to The Spare Foot. This can help you to come up with a budget estimate for your needs.

If you have a 10’x10’ room in your house filled with items you want to store, you can estimate that storing them in a self-storage facility will be approximately $125 per month.

You might not need as much room as your original space at home. You can use stacked items — including furniture and boxes — to utilize more vertical space when estimating the floor space need. Ask storage facilities where they keep their standard units, and figure out if there are any locations where you could put them close together. Think about whether you could store things like couches, tables, chairs, etc., next to each other.

You can find a free estimate online for any type of storage unit. You’ll get a detailed breakdown of what you’ll pay monthly for rent, insurance, utilities, repairs and maintenance.

This information will help you decide if the cost is right for you. However, there are some costs that aren’t included in the estimate. For example, you won’t see the cost of security deposits or fees charged by your local government.

There are more storage centers than McDonald's locations
There are 60,000 storage centers in the United States and 13,673 McDonald’s locations in the United States.

3. There are more Storage Centers in the United States than McDonald’s locations

There are so many people who rely on storing items at a local facility for keeping their homes clean and organized, that the business has grown exponentially, providing customers with more choices than ever before.

The United States is number 1 for total annual self storage sales. Americans spend more money on their self-storage units than anyone else in the world.

In 2015, we spent $38 billion on self-storage alone. That’s greater than any country in Europe ever spent on all forms of storage.

With more than 48,500 self storage centers at the end of 2014, that’s more than three times as many McDonald’s restaurants. It’s an average of 970 storage centers in each state.

Many people upon finding this out start to wonder… “where are they hiding all these large storage centers?” The increase in competition allows for self storage centers that are cleaner, more secure and price competitive.

Seeing there are more self storage centers than the number of McDonalds, it is amazing how many belongings are taking up space in self-storage.

and that there is enough space within U.S. storage facilities for every American to stand beneath a storage roof it is astonishing

Rural Areas Have the Most Self-storage
Rural Areas Have the Most Self-storage

4. Rural Areas Have the Most Self-storage

It’s quite natural to think that some of the biggest self storage markets are the most populated metropolitan areas, but this is just not the case.

It turns out some less-populated places are actually self storage hotspots. This would include our Omaha, along with Wichita Texas, Tulsa Oklahoma, Little Rock Arkansas, Knoxville Tennessee, Madison Wisconsin and Baton Rouge Louisiana. Each place has special circumstances that make them ideal for large amount of self-storage customers.

For example, Wichita is the home town of an air force base that houses several military personnel who come into town for work. Many stay there for a while to complete a needed task. Many of these people do not want to move their belongings into limited living quarters — so they opt for a storage unit instead.

Storage Units Cover 78 Square Miles
Storage Space Covers 78 Square Miles

5. Storage Space Covers 78 Square Miles

There’s 2.5 billion square feet of self-storage space available for renting, which equals 78 square miles. 52% of storage space is located in suburban areas, 34% is in urban areas and 16% in rural areas.

The number of self-storage facilities has increased by nearly 20% since 2010. In fact, the industry grew by 8.2 million square feet between 2011 and 2014 alone.

Despite all this growth and space available, most units are almost all full.

90% of Storage Facilities are already filled
90% of Storage Facilities are already filled

6. U.S. Self-storage Units Are Almost All Full

It’s a known fact that Americans use the most self-service facilities. People say it’s because we buy so many things.

We tend to buy more things when we’re hoarding them. There’s a quote said around the world that goes like this… “when it comes to hoarding, you have no chance at beating an American.”

It seems logical that we’d be more likely to buy things if we could keep them.

Furthermore, there is a possibility that we may want to use the item again in the near future. Many people believe that way. They don’t know if they might use the item again so they’re more likely to keep the item. But where to keep them?

At this rate, when people keep on storing things, then they’re going to be needing more space to store them. It’s easy and even encourages people to use self storage.

Self-storage facilities allow people to control what they store.They’re able to access their items whenever they want within the storage facilities’ operating hours.

A nationwide study conducted in 2015 revealed that 90 percent of storage facilities were filled. Thus, if you wish to store something in a storage space that is currently vacant, you’d better hurry up.

You can rent self storage for long term or short term
You can rent self storage for long term or short term

7. Most People Rent Self Storage Long-Term

Self-storage units are becoming so popular these days that some people just choose not to own their own storage unit but instead simply lease one from a company. Statistics show that many people who only intended to rent for a short period of time ended up renting much longer than they expected, usually over a year.

This shows that storage units are so popular that most people rent them longer than they first planned.

However it only makes sense to rent a storage unit that fits your needs and not much larger. You could rent a smaller unit to save money each month — although renting a larger 10’x15′ unit could help you access your things so much quicker.

You may want to consider transferring to a smaller storage unit even if you haven’t found any open spaces at your current location. If you ask, your storage center might prorate the monthly rent and apply your prepayment towards a smaller spot, saving you some time and money.

 

Furniture is the number one stored item
Furniture is the #1 stored item

8. The Most Common Self Stored Item is Furniture

Furniture is the most common thing stored in self-storage facilities. This is due to the fact that furniture tends to take up a lot of room.

Additionally, furniture can be very heavy. So, it would make sense that people would opt to store their furniture in a facility rather than lugging it around with them.

Storage experts recommend that you purchase or build sturdy boxes to protect your belongings. These can be used as packing materials or to move heavy objects.

 

Storage centers are embracing technology such as cell phone apps for entry/exit
Storage centers are embracing technology such as cell phone apps for entry/exit

9. Self Storage Centers are Embracing Technology

Between recent technology innovations and the effect from the covid lockdowns, many storage centers added the ability to sign up for a rental online and to pay this way too. Many facilities also added automated kiosks at entry gates, phone apps for entry/exit, video camera surveillance for security, and more.

A majority of self storage renters also have a garage at home
66% of self storage renters have a garage at home

10. A Majority of Renters Have a Garage

Of the customers who rent self storage space — about two-thirds have a garage and one-third have a basement. This goes right along with the statistic that over two-thirds of people who have self storage space actually live in a single family home.

The next biggest self-storage market is college students who typically need a unit for about 4 years. They tend to use storage units for storing school supplies, clothing, and other miscellaneous items.

 

Many people are helped by the self storage industry
Many people are helped by the self storage industry

11. Self Storage Centers Employ Thousands of People

There are approximately 170,000 people employed by self storage companies across the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statis­tics, the average hourly wage for employees at self-storage facilities is $22.48 per hour, which is lower than the national average of $25.50.