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Saving Money on Self Storage

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Maybe you’re tired of cold, harsh winters and you are ready to move to a warmer city such as Dallas, Texas. You may ask yourself, am I making the right decision? And if your new place is smaller than your previous home, you may question where to keep your belongings. There are options, and Uncle Bob’s self storage can provide a home for personal items as you settle into your new space.

Moving is not cheap, and like most people, you probably need affordable self storage. Fortunately, a storage space doesn’t have to break the budget. Here are five tips for saving on a self storage unit. 

1. Get at least three quotes. Some people don’t think of comparison shopping when choosing a self storage unit. However, rental units vary greatly in price. Spend a day and visit several facilities located close to your home. There are several factors to take into consideration, such as entrance hours, security features and the monthly rent. Ask to see an empty unit and decide whether the space is suitable for your belongings. Be observant. What is the condition of the unit? Are there signs of rodents and pests? Is the facility located in a safe part of town? Once you have multiple quotes, do a side-by-side comparison. 

2. Ask for a discount. Storage facilities collect rent on a monthly basis. However, you might be able to negotiate a lower rate if you prepay for six months or one year. This isn’t an option everywhere, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. You can also inquire about student or military discounts, if applicable. 

 3. Look for promotions. If there is a lot of competition in the local area, some facilities may run a promotion and offer a discount on a yearly contract. This deal can work if you plan on keeping the storage unit for at least 12 months. Understand, however, the facility can take legal action if you break the agreement early.

4. Check for incentives. Depending on the amount of items you will move into storage, you may need to rent a truck. Some self storage facilities offer a free truck with a move-in. Although you’ll need to refill the gas tank when you’re finished, this incentive saves you money on a truck rental. 

5. Go with the smallest space possible. Be honest with your needs. Self storage facilities offer spaces with different square footage. And while a larger unit may seem appealing, do you need this type of space? The larger your unit, the more you will pay. Rather than rent a mid-size or large unit, go with a smaller size and bring in shelves to better organize your belongings. 

Moving is challenging, and dealing with clutter can wreck havoc on your peace of mind. Saving money on self storage can help you adjust to your new living expenses. And with the savings you can handle other financial obligations, such as increasing your bank account or paying off debt.



About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. I used to work as an IT consultant for storage companies, usually they all offer a first month free, some will even lend you a van to move and if you bring a competitor’s quote they’ll match it. Make sure you don’t rent more space than you need by getting rid of the worthless junk, those units are expensive over the long term!

    • I kind of feel that if you need long term storage you have too much stuff, but I have had to use self storage short term a couple of times, and I think we did get a sign up discount or something. It always helps to shop around.

  2. If you are moving into a smaller place and all your stuff doesn’t fit in it, get rid of some stuff!

  3. Good timing on this post. I just got a letter in the mail letting me know that my storage rent is going up (again, ugg). I really need to downsize to a smaller unit and get rid of some of the stuff in there that we’re not going to use.

  4. This is a great post, i work for a storage facility and many of these points apply to myself, i often rent to people who have a far bigger space than required, they always assume and say “just in case” storage should be for what you need to store, not what you may want to store, it has to be organised well or you will waste money

  5. Thanks for sharing these tips! It is great that there are so many storage companies out there that offer incentives and promotions. It’s definitely a great way to get someone interested in your facility. Your tip on getting multiple quotes is also a great way to make sure that you are getting a good deal!

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