Moving Tips: Storage Unit Guide

Should You Rent a Storage Unit?

A temporary space you can store your extra items can be the exact stress-relieving solution you need when moving house. Most people who rent a storage unit are:

  • In-Between Moves
  • Downsizing
  • Storing Vehicles
  • Completing Home Renovations
  • On College Break
  • In the Military
  • Storing Business Materials or Equipment

Today, while the market is competitive, many homeowners can sell their homes faster than finding a new one. Storage units can safely house their belongings in this gap. If you’re looking to store some items in the midst of a move, we’ll walk you through common sizes and prices you can expect in the area.

Common Self Storage Unit Sizes

Don’t know what size unit you need? Our quick overview will give you the averages. Before renting a unit, call your specific storage company. They can help you pick the right size unit. To visualize the storage unit size, find a closet in your house with similar dimensions, or tape off a section of your house and see if your belongings would fit. 

Small Units

Small units frequently range from 5’x5’x8’ to 5’x10’x8’ in size. These units can hold about 18 large cardboard boxes. They’re frequently rented to store items like business supplies, seasonal decor, or sporting equipment. If you are simply trying to minimize the amount of items in your home, this storage unit might be a great option for you.

Medium Units

Medium units are often 10’x10x’8’ to 10’x20’x8’ in size. They’re a popular option for people who are storing extra furniture and appliances. These units can hold about 36 large cardboard boxes. 

Large Units

Large units generally range from 10’x20’x8’ and 10’x30’x8’ in size. If you need storage space for all your household belongings, a large unit will probably be best. Talk to your storage company about other requests, like a taller unit, climate-controlled options, and vehicle space if needed.

How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Storage Unit?

In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $300 a month to rent a unit. This number varies based on the size, features, location, availability, and company that owns the unit you’re renting. Here are some ballpark monthly fee ranges that are common for each storage unit size: 

  • Small Units: $90-$100
  • Medium: $160-$170
  • Large: $290-$300

While these are the common ranges for renting your unit, most storage companies tack on additional fees, taxes, and insurance to this monthly number. When budgeting for your unit, allow for an additional $50 to cover these extra monthly expenses. You can also call your local storage companies and ask them about these fees to find a more exact price. 

Storage companies frequently offer seasonal coupons, discounts, and deals as well. If you’re looking for the cheapest deal, call a few companies, ask them about any discounts they offer and do a little window shopping before signing your rental agreement.

If you are needing to move a large amount of items, we also have a guide to help you decide if you want to use profesisonal movers as well!

Looking to Move to Lancaster?

We hope our Storage Unit Guide was helpful. If you decide to take the plunge and move to burgeoning Lancaster County, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends here at the Niv Lemoine Real Estate Group. We match people like you with their perfect home in their price range, and we would love to help.