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What factors affect storage unit rates?

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Factors affecting storage unit rates include size, climate control, accessibility, security and location. Self storage is a good way to safely store items that cause clutter or do not fit in the home.

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Storage units are available in different sizes to accommodate different needs. Larger units typically cost more than smaller ones. It is important to identify storage needs when choosing a storage unit to be able to pick the right size. Unit sizes range from the size of a large closet to units the size of single-car garages.

Whether the unit has climate control or not is another factor that affects the rental rate. Climate control storage units are good for storing family heirlooms, electronic devices, pianos and other items that do not withstand extreme temperatures.

Accessibility also plays a big role in pricing. Units on the first floor of a multi-level storage facility typically cost more than other units on the same facility. Prices for indoor and outdoor access facilities also vary. Indoor access facilities are usually climate controlled and cost more than their outdoor counterparts.

The type of security used in a storage facility affects the price. Better security measures such as notification after attempted break-in, security guard patrol, secure locking mechanisms and camera surveillance are usually added to the rental price of the unit.

Lastly, storage unit prices vary depending on location. Storage facilities that are located in the heart of the city typically cost more than those in rural areas or suburbs.

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