How much does a self storage unit cost?

August 18,2023

Are you considering getting a self storage unit because you need some extra space, are moving, or have a small business that needs some additional space for inventory? Below are some considerations to bear in mind when comparing the cost of storage units between different self storage facilities.

The cost of a self storage unit can vary widely depending on several factors, including the location, size of the unit, features, and the specific storage facility.


Storage unit costs can vary significantly based on the location of the facility. Units in urban areas, or storage units close to a downtown core are likely to be more expensive than those in industrial, suburban or rural locations. 


Facilities that provide 24/7 access tend to charge a bit of a higher price because of the security features that are built in to the facility and the on-going monitoring involved with providing this type of access.  

Additionally, some facilities have a better gate access system than others.  Bow City Storage for example features access by way of smartphone technology, which means that customers can access the storage facility and their storage unit with their smartphone and no lock and key is required. 

Climate Control

Climate controlled units, which are designed to maintain a consistent temperature tend to be more expensive than standard units. These climate controlled units are ideal for storing sensitive items such as electronics, wooden furniture, and artwork.

Unit Size and Unit Height

Storage units come in various sizes, typically measured in square feet of floor area. The larger the unit, the higher the cost. Common sizes include 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and so on.  When comparing storage unit costs, also factor in the height of the storage unit, because not all storage units are the same height.

Storage Facility Features

Some storage facilities offer additional features like 7 day a week onsite staff, 24-hour access, enhanced security measures, moving carts, boardroom space, workshare office, WIFI throughout the facility, onsite washrooms, and more.  These services can be very valuable when you have a storage unit.

Rental Duration

The rental duration can affect the cost. Many storage facilities offer discounts for longer-term rentals, such as paying for several months or a year in advance. 

Storage Facility Reputation

Well-maintained and reputable storage facilities might charge slightly more for their services due to the quality of service they offer.

Special Offers

Some facilities may have promotions or discounts for new customers. 

In summary, it is always recommended to ask a lot of questions or even visit the facility you intend to rent a storage unit at.  Bow City Storage has a full e commerce website with answers to many questions to make online bookings a breeze.  For those clients that want to come in and see the facility and meet the team, Bow City Storage is always happy to do this.

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