For people who recently inherited family belongings, are looking to downsize or have a small house or apartment, storage units create extra space for your belongings. With so many options, however, finding the perfect storage unit can be difficult. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best storage units in West Palm Beach to guide your search.
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How to choose self-storage units in West Palm Beach
It isn’t simple to decide which storage facility in West Palm Beach works best for you. There are many features and options, all of which affect the cost of the unit. Certain facilities are better for storing different types of possessions, so it can be helpful to look at what features you need for convenient storage and to keep your belongings safe.
One of the first decisions is whether you want drive-up access or an interior unit.
Drive-up storage units are more convenient since you can park directly outside the unit’s door when loading and unloading. These units are ideal if you’re storing large, bulky items such as furniture or mattresses.
Interior units are located inside a building, which adds an extra layer of security. These units are also often climate-controlled, which costs 25 to 50 percent more. These units also tend to have better pest control.
Climate control is more common in interior units but is offered with both types of units. West Palm Beach’s summer heat and humidity make climate control essential if you’re storing:
The cost of storage in West Palm Beach
Size is the major deciding factor for the price of storage units in West Palm Beach. Location is also a factor, and storage units near urban centers cost more than those in remote suburbs. There’s also a seasonal demand factor: prices may go up when Floridians store their watercraft and other summer gear during the colder months.
Average cost of storage units in West Palm Beach
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Most companies in West Palm Beach rent storage units on a month-to-month basis. If you know you’ll be using the unit for an extended period, you may be able to secure a discount by signing a long-term contract. Many facilities also offer discounts to students, senior citizens, military service members and people who belong to certain organizations such as AAA or AARP.
While your renters or homeowners insurance may protect your stored items, it’s possible you’ll need to purchase a policy for your unit. Your facility may sell insurance or be able to guide you to a reputable company who sells storage unit policies.
Tips for loading your storage unit
Once you’ve chosen and rented your unit, there are several tips you can use to make loading your unit easier and save money:
Know how much space you’ll need: Whether your storage unit is for a short-term solution or long-term decluttering, don’t pay for space you don’t need. Get an idea of exactly what you’re putting in the unit before signing a contract.
Box your items carefully and properly: From dismantling bed frames to wrapping flat-screen televisions, make sure everything is packed and clearly labeled so you won’t have to fuss over anything once it’s loaded.
Stay safe and clean: Drain the fuel out of anything that’s gas-powered and clean out fridges and other appliances to prevent mold and mildew.
Pack smart: Leave yourself an aisle to navigate the storage unit, stack boxes and furniture as high as you can and fill up hollow spaces in dressers or cabinets.
Searching for a storage unit in West Palm Beach may seem overwhelming at first, but by doing research and making smart choices, you can save money, declutter your home and de-stress about deciding where to store the boxes piling up in your basement or attic.
SpareFoot is a storage unit broker that lets West Palm Beach residents look for available storage units, choose the features they want and reserve a unit online. The company works with multiple companies to help find the best possible rates, and West Palm Beach residents praise the company for the wide range of units offered.
U-Haul has a well-earned reputation for affordability and accessibility. The company offers a variety of unit sizes and features, including climate control and 24/7 access. West Palm Beach reviewers praised U-Haul for the company’s low prices, wide range of options and easy-to-use U-Box portable moving containers.
PODS combines affordable rates with the convenience and simplicity of a movable container and unlimited time for loading and unloading. The container is delivered to your home and, once loaded, can be stored there or at a PODS facility. West Palm Beach residents like PODS for being easy to work with, despite some minor issues with customer service.
Extra Space Storage
Extra Space Storage has multiple locations around West Palm Beach and offers climate control and advanced security features such as 24-hour surveillance cameras. The company lets you view available units on its website and reserve them online. West Palm Beach customers appreciate Extra Space Storage’s competitive rates.
Life Storage offers features such as climate control, online account management and free use of a moving truck or van with unit rental. The company provides an online tool to help you decide the size of storage unit you need. West Palm Beach customers praised the simple rental process and personalized customer care they received from the company.
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