Choosing Between Different Types of Storage Units

You may need extra storage to declutter or downsize your things without taking up even more space in your house. A storage unit is a perfect solution, but once you start looking into units for rent you’ll quickly find that there are many types to choose from. With a variety of sizes and prices to choose from, the selection can get overwhelming.

Take a look at our guide to help you choose the best storage unit for your needs.

    1. A temporary on-site storage unit

      You can erect storage units on your property to make decluttering smoother. Although some items may seem invaluable, you can store them in a safe place for future use. On-site self-storage facilities help you create more space in your house for other purposes.

    2. Drive-up storage

      Drive-up storage is sometimes referred to as Self-storage units. They are ideal for both business and residential use since they are available in different sizes. In most cases they are windowless, and the walls are mainly made of concrete or corrugated metals. Most self-storage facilities are accessible day and night and have a standard door that is lockable by the occupant.

      Features such as automatic gates, surveillance cameras, motion detectors and other security services may be offered. Most people prefer self-storage because they provide an easier option for loading and unloading directly from the vehicle. Some self-storage units are large enough even to accommodate vehicles.

    3. Climate controlled storage facilities

      You may need storage facilities with specialized features such as climate control for your valuable items. Some items can be damaged by certain weather conditions such as extreme temperatures and humidity. Climate-controlled facilities are designed with special HVAC features that control the climatic condition of storage space. In addition, these facilities can protect your items from bugs and pest infestation, mildew and moulds, corrosion and rust and other risks.

    4. Mobile storage

      When renovating your house, you may require storage facilities to hold your items for a short period. Nowadays, temporary storage facilities, sometimes called pods, are available at an agreed amount of time. They come in different design and sizes, and you can even rent more than one unit if you have a lot of items to store. They can be delivered to your property for the agreed time. You can fill the units with your items and have the renting company move them to their facilities for more safety. The renting company will also take the units to your new location in case you need to move.

    5. Boat/RV/car storage

      Some storage units are large enough to even accommodate large items such as cars, boats or recreational vehicles (RV). These storage facilities provide better services than just big warehouse spaces where cars are parked until needed. Actually, some companies provide individual units where you can store more expensive vehicles for enhanced protection and security.

What kind of storage do you need?

You should make sure the storage facility serves your needs or else you may end up having a space that is unsuitable and not cost effective. The storage space should be of the right size to fit your belongings. If the area is too big, you may waste money, and if the space is too small, you may require additional space. Therefore, it is prudent to make a list of the items you need to store to have a rough idea of the space you require.


Location is an essential factor to consider when choosing a storage facility. Having a space near your home can be convenient if you want to access stored items regularly. Conversely, if you do not require regular access, you have the storage facility outside your location. In fact, most storage facilities in rural areas offer extra discounts due to fewer overheads.


Apart from location, accessibility is also another factor to consider when selecting a storage facility. Although some facilities provide 24/7 availability, others don’t. It can be frustrating when you urgently need to access your items but are not able to. It is therefore vital to take into consideration the issue of accessibility when obtaining quotes as an always-open facility is likely to cost more.


Safety and security features are essential when choosing a storage facility. Some items may be valuable and require adequate safety. Basic security features include lockable access, surveillance cameras, fire protection and insurance.

Real Storage Group has facilities that are conveniently located across the country. Our facilities are equipped with state of the art security features to provide maximum security and safety for your items. There is no deposit required, and our contracts are flexible to suit your needs. For more information, please call Real Storage at 403 234-7325 or contact us here.