How Much Does Storage Cost in Miami?
There are times when you need a little help with your extra stuff.
Maybe you just moved from a colder climate and are still figuring out your seasonal clothing situation as you acclimate to the weather. Maybe your new place is “cozy” and doesn’t have any closets or a basement to store things in, or you are used to a garage and now all you have is an open carport.
Whatever the reason, a good solution is to rent a self-storage unit. How do you decide what you need and how much will it cost? Read on to learn more.
Before you rent a storage unit, you need to know what you will be keeping in it. Is it a bunch of boxes of books, important documents and extra clothing, or are you storing your swamp buggy, the 6-foot light-up Grinch and seasonal decorations?
Knowing what you plan to store and what kind of access you might need (since swamp buggies don’t typically fit in an elevator) help you figure out the cost of a right-sized unit.
If you plan to keep things like paper, books or clothing in the unit, then a climate controlled option will protect your items from temperature fluctuations, mold, mildew and dampness, which can harm clothing and destroy photos and papers.
The size of the unit is determined by the amount and size of stuff you are storing. Here’s a quick overview, and you can get more information in our blog post “Guide to Choosing the Right Self-Storage Unit Size.“
Ideal for a couple of boxes and small collectibles, lockers are 5 feet by 5 feet square, and are stacked on top of one another. Make sure you see the unit before you rent it so you know if you can access it easily.
Small Self-Storage Unit
Small Self-Storage Units are also 5 feet by 5 feet, but they are as tall as a regular storage unit, about the size of an average closet. They will hold a twin or full-size mattress, seasonal decor or camping and fishing equipment, but won’t hold a kayak and the plastic Grinch is out of luck.
Medium Self-Storage Unit
These are about 5 feet by 10 feet, and will hold a motorcycle, queen or king mattress, contents of a small one-bedroom or studio apartment, and Mr. Grinch.
Larger Mid-Sized Self-Storage Unit
Bigger than medium, smaller than large, these average 10 feet by 10 feet. With careful packing and organizing, they will hold the contents of a small family home, a grand piano, big pieces of furniture, or your kayak. These size units are also perfect for things like appliances.
Large Self-Storage Unit
These are 10 feet by 20 feet, and will hold a large house, a car, small boat or a swamp buggy. It can also be used for commercial storage, and some people use it as the launch space for a start-up, because it is often cheaper than commercial office space if you need room for parts and inventory.
Did you know you can rent a parking space? Do you have a camper or RV, a car you only drive during the rainy season or are you saving a car for a soon-to-be-driver. Instead of clogging your driveway, you can rent space at a self-storage facility.
Now that you know what size you need, how much is it going to cost?
We used data from SpareFoot.com to compile a list of average costs of storage units in and around Miami, and also included fees for our Little Havana, Florida, location for cost comparison. Data in this chart was compiled on Sept. 17, 2021 and is subject to change.
As you are evaluating the cost, make sure you consider things like location, security, access, lighting and key things like cleanliness and pest control. Ask: Who monitors the units? Are there security guards on-site or equivalent? Are there surveillance cameras and logs of who comes and goes?
Climate-controlled units are nice to have in a climate like Miami’s, so consider these three reasons you might need a climate-controlled storage unit and these six unique self-storage issues in Florida.
5’ x 5’ Small Self-Storage Unit
5’x10’ Medium Self-Storage Unit
10’ x 10’ Medium-Large Self-Storage Unit
10’x 20’ Large Self-Storage Unit
Prices listed do not include any taxes or additional administration, insurance or other fees. For a fair comparison, search parameters included 24-hour access and surveillance cameras. The fees in this chart reflect the base rate, not including any specials or promotions.
Another thing to remember is you might want or need to purchase storage unit insurance, and it isn’t always cheaper to just take the one the facility offers. Call your insurance broker and get a couple of quotes when you know what size you are renting. You can get more information in our article: “Gain Peace of Mind with Storage Insurance”.
Remember that while renting a self-storage unit can seem like an added expense, there are situations where a self-storage unit can actually save you money.
If you’re looking for a clean, safe, self-storage solution with 24/7/365 access, security and surveillance, and climate-controlled options in the Miami area, visit our Storage Post location in Little Havana at NW 12th Ave, Miami.