How Much Does It Cost To Rent A Storage Unit: 6 Things to Keep in Mind

Calculating the Cost of a Storage Unit

Self storage units can vary in cost due to a number of factors. These can include size, features and location. Location is the primary reason for variations in cost. A storage unit in areas such as Toronto will cost more than a storage unit in Moncton, and self storage in a downtown area will be more than that on the outskirts.

Features such as temperature-control, indoor facilities, drive-up units, and 24/7 access will all affect pricing. Prices across Canada can range from $69 to over $500 depending on your storage needs and location. Here are a six things to keep in mind when calculating the cost of a unit beyond location:

Unit Sizes

1. Unit Size

Storage units typically range from 5’ x 5’ to 10’ x 30’.

  • Smaller units are great for storing boxes, files, and holding the contents of a bachelor-sized apartment,
  • Medium sized units are large enough to store the contents of a one or two bedroom apartment. They are also great for storing extra office furniture
  • Larger units can store  the belongings of multi-bedroom homes. You can find a storage calculator at or contact any location to find what size unit would work best for you.
  • The larger the unit the higher the price, but many facilities offer regular discounts.

climate control and heated storage units

2. Temperature-Controlled and Heated Storage Units

Controlled storage units cost more than an average of $25 – $30/month more than a non-heated units. If temperature changes could affect the items you’re storing, paying extra for a heated unit makes sense to protect those items. We recommend a heated unit if you are storing:

  • Electronics
  • Glass items
  • Valuable furniture or artwork
  • Certain documents
  • Medical Supplies

access hours

3. Access Hours

Most Apple Self Storage facilities offer 24/7 access with video surveillance, so you can visit your unit anytime and be assured your belongings are safe. However, some locations and other facilities only offer occasional seven day access such as only during office hours or reduced hours like 6am -11pm. Even though some don’t have automatic 24/7 access, arrangements can be made to add the feature or have limited 24/7 access. Having around the clock access will affect the price of a storage unit.

Drive-up storage units

4. Drive-up and Indoor Storage Units

Drive up units are great for quick and easy access. They are on the ground floor and have a roll-up door so you can drive up and easily move items in and out of your vehicle. Drive up units are like a garage, great for small vehicles, sports equipment, and seasonal items. In contrast, indoor units can be temperature controlled so they are suited for antiques, electronics and other valuable items. Since the units are enclosed, they are also more resistant to pests, dusts, humidity, and large temperature fluctuations. Some self storage facilities offer outdoor parking for vehicles, boats and RVs.

determining length of stay

5. Length of Stay

Most units are rented on a short term basis. However, if you know you’re going to need storage for long term, some facilities offer a discount for prepaying. Discounts are also sometimes offered on shorter term rentals depending on the storage unit needed.

packing supplies

6. Miscellaneous Items and Insurance

Don’t forget to take into account costs that may come from extras that you need or insurance. Tenant’s insurance is important to protect belongings from unforeseen circumstances. There are different cost tiers depending on how much you want to insure your unit for. Most storage facilities have a small admin fee, and don’t forget those taxes. If you happen to need any packing supplies to properly store items, they are available at most Apple Self Storage locations for purchase. Additional services such as mailboxes and package deliveries, are also available to add-on if needed.

The best way to know exactly how much the storage unit you need will cost, contact your local Apple Self Storage or visit Staff will be able to help you determine what storage solution is best for you based on your needs.

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