Nationwide Storage Resource
Self storage facilities for household goods, furniture, cars and boat storage are businesses composed of real estate or divided into self storage spaces that are rented to rental space tenants on a monthly basis.

Self storage businesses rent a variety of rental space sizes to residential and business customer/tenants. The rental spaces are typically secured by the tenant's own lock and key. Facility operators do not have casual access to the contents of the space unlike a professional warehouseman. No bailment is created in self storage. A self storage operator never takes possession, care, custody or control of the contents of the storage rental space unless a lein is imposed as provided in self storage laws for non-payment of rent. Self storage facility operators usually provide computer-controlled access to rental space areas and many use security cameras.

Nearly 50,000 Self Storage Facilities have been developed in the United States on industrial and commercial land parcels of two to 10 acres or as existing buildings converted to the self storage use. The facilities will have the term "self-storage" or the older term "mini-storage" in the name and often use catch words such as "lock," "key," "private," "public," etc. More recently, in many metropolitan cities where competition among storage companies is fierce, better parcels of land near residential and commercial areas are being converted into self-storage. Moving trucks and vans may be also be available for rent when the facility includes a truck rental franchise. A few storage facilities allow the use of a truck for free or even send a truck to your nearby home or business as a move-in promotion.

The storage units or rooms are typically windowless, walled with a corrugated metal, and lockable by the renter. Chain-link fencing or wire mesh may function as a more secure ceiling than a suspended ceiling. Units are different sized, from small closets to enough space to store all the contents of a multi-story house. Larger units generally have roll-up type garage doors. A controlled access facility may employ security guards, surveillance cameras, individual unit door alarms and some means of electronic gate access such as a keypad or prox card. Some facilities even use biometric thumbprint or hand scanners to ensure that access is granted only to those that rent.

RV Storage In rural areas most facilities contain multiple single-story buildings with units that open to the outside. In suburban areas most facilities contain one or multiple one to three story buildings using passenger & freight elevators or a materials lift to move the goods to the upper floors. Ground floor unit access is still direct to the outside. Urban areas self storage facilities are often converted multi-story warehouses. Loading docks are used on the ground floor and complimentary rolling carts or moving dollies are used by the customers to access freight elevators that take them to the floor their unit is on. Urban self storage facilities might contain only a few floors in a much larger building; there are successful self storage businesses cohabitating with light manufacturing, office tenants and even a public school[citation needed].

Customers are generally allowed to store any non-hazardous, non-toxic, non-perishable material in the facility: personal items, furniture, motorcycles, overstocked retail wares, etc. Industry surveys indicate that 44% of clients are moving, 34% don't have enough space currently, and 15% of clients are people with business needs[citation needed]. Customers are prohibited from sleeping or otherwise living in the room.

Portable Storage Facilities
Containers used for storage, moving and residential goods. Portable storage containers and company delivery trucks are personal property, not "real estate" property, the definition of self storage facilities in state self storage facility acts. Storage containers are delivered to customers' residence and the customer loads and packs their own container which is delivered to a central warehouse for later customer access.

Cold Storage and Climate-controlled Storage
Self storage facilities offer climate controlled spaces to allow storage of wines, antiques and other various items. Some facilities use air conditioning and heating. The storage industry requires that temperatures are between 40°F and 90°F. Some self storage buildings are naturally climate-controlled. A cold storage facility provides rooms with very low temperature suitable for the storage of perishable items like meat and vegetables. Many of these storage facilities were used before door-to-door cold transportation became common.

Less formal public self storage areas can be found in locker rooms, cloak rooms, luggage areas, train stations, amusement parks and airports. Usually an attendant or an automated vending machine to collect the fee and control access, or it may simply require dropping a few coins into a slot to allow a key to be removed locking a compartment.

Find storage facilities and units for rent on a month-to-month basis for as long as you need. Facilities offer secure and safe storage with security guards, surveillance cameras, individual unit door alarms and electronic gate access and computer-controlled access. Self-storage units are available for furniture, cars, boats, perishable goods, commercial items, relocation and short term, portable units and discounts for extended rentals. A self-storage unit will keep possessions safe and in good shape. Proper packing and storing can allow many items to be stored in a relatively small place.

Large Units for Vehicle, Boat and RV Storage
  • Temperature Controlled Cold Storage for perishable goods
  • Climate-Controlled Storage for moisture sensitive Items
  • Container and Pod Storage for easy packing and moving
  • Data, File, Record, Media and Archival safe storage
  • Seasonal storage for short term and long-term rentals
  • Furniture and Fixture Storage for large and small items
  • 24-access storage facility for easy and frequent access
  • Small Units and Mini Storage Facilities and Units
  • Warehouse, Garage and Extended storage
  • Discount and Low Rates Rentals
  • Moving, Packing and Rentals Services
  • Boxes, Tape and Packing Supplies
  • Hand Trucks, Rolling Carts and Forklifts
  • Video Monitoring Surveillance Security

Cold Storage & Climate-Controlled Storage
Climate controlled and cold storage facilities require units to have temperatures that are between 40°F and 90°F. Climate-controlled buildings are suitable for various perishable items with very low temperatures. Controlled air conditioning and heating as well as naturally climate-controlled facilities provide rooms that are suitable for the storage of wine and various items. Heat-sensitive goods such as videotapes, albums, photographs and wood furniture are best stored in a climate-controlled storage room.

Car, Boat and RV Storage
Auto, boat, motorcycle and RV storage facilities contain multiple single-story buildings with units that open to the outside. Larger units have roll-up type garage doors. These storage facilities are spaces that are rented to tenants on a monthly basis and offer seasonal or year round access.

Container and Portable Storage Facilities
Portable Storage Facilities and Containers are used for moving and various home and business needs. They are delivered to a residence or business. The containers are loaded and packed by you and delivered to a central warehouse for later access.

Self Storage Tips:
Wrap and label breakable "FRAGILE"

Pack smaller objects in boxes

List contents of boxes on all four sides

Fill box with heaviest items on the bottom

Keep your boxes in uniform sizes

Drain any fluids prior to storage

Use high quality and secure locks

Prevent mildew with dehumidifiers

Store furniture on boards or pallets

Cover mattresses and store flat

Store tabletops and sofas on end

Cover and treat wood surfaces

Leave space between wall and items for ventilation

Make up an inventory of your stored items

Wash blankets, draperies, and clothing

Pack books flat, not standing on end

Place photographs them between cardboard

Keep refrigerator doors slightly ajar

Create a center aisle for access to all items © 2007