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How do you compare storage prices?

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Compare storage prices by using online tools, such as those that SpareFoot and SelfStorage.com provide, to view the available facilities in your area, then look at the monthly cost of a unit per square foot to find the base cost. Also factor in additional features, such as climate-controlled facilities, security, accessibility or delivery services while comparing rates.

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How do you compare storage prices?
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The most direct way to compare the prices of different storage units is to choose a size that suits your needs and divide the monthly rental cost by its total square footage to find the cost per foot. This gives you a single dollar amount, which you may compare to other units, after performing the same calculation, to see the relative value. This helps to decrease confusion when comparing units of different sizes at different facilities. It may also help to identify any potential savings from choosing a larger or smaller unit at the same facility.

Look at the other services and features of the units to determine the full value beyond the base price. For example, if you are storing fragile documents or items, you may wish to choose a temperature-controlled unit over one in an outdoor facility. Use the price-per-square-foot calculation in conjunction with examining the features of units to determine if one facility offers higher prices as a result of the features.

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