Sometimes we find ourselves with too much stuff and not enough house. A self-storage unit can relieve the pressure, but finding the right one — whether for a month, a season or a year — can be an ordeal in itself. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best storage units in Indianapolis to protect your household goods and prized possessions.
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There are many reasons for needing additional space to store things too valuable to part with, including:
Major renovations to your apartment or house
Creating space to welcome a new family member into your home
Seasonal storage for winter clothes or summer patio equipment
Downsizing your living space
When comparing storage units in Indianapolis, there are many options to consider. These include:
The size of the unit: Larger units are more expensive, so it’s important to choose the smallest size that fits all the items you need to store. It’s easier to upgrade to a larger unit than downgrade to a smaller one once you’ve signed a contract.
Exterior vs. interior access: Exterior units usually have drive-up access that allows you to park directly outside of the entrance to unload large, bulky items such as furniture. Units with interior access are inside a building and, while not as convenient, often have extra security features and better pest control.
Climate control: Belongings such as photographs, books, antique furniture and electronics are susceptible to damage from temperature and humidity. Consider what you’re storing and decide whether the extra cost is necessary.
24/7 access: While not always necessary, 24/7 access is useful if you need to access your unit quickly in an emergency or want to be able to unload items early in the morning or at night.
Security features: Most storage facilities have an exterior door or gate that restricts access to the premises. Additional security features include on-site security and video surveillance.
If you make a list of items you plan to store, you’re less likely to forget belongings when determining the size of unit you need. Making a list also helps you plan on whether you might need to add to your storage in the future.
You’ll also need to consider the size and weight of your stored possessions. Some items are stackable, but others may be too heavy to stack and require their own space. One way to assess the size of the storage unit you need is to pack your belongings, stack them together and use a tape measure to determine the amount of space they occupy.
If you’re planning on storing items for an extended period, consider creating a walkway within your unit to get to your packed boxes with relative ease. Remember to store possessions that you might need to access frequently at the front of the unit.
The cost of storage units in Indianapolis
Size is a significant factor in the cost of a storage unit in Indianapolis, but other things influence the price as well. Storage units located by major population areas cost more, and climate control increases a unit’s price by 25 to 50 percent.
Average monthly cost
5’ x 5’
5’ x 10’
10’ x 10’
10’ x 20’
Storage units in Indianapolis range in size from 5’ x 5’ units — roughly the size of a small walk-in closet — to 10’ x 30’ units, which comfortably hold the contents of a four- to five-bedroom home, including appliances, boxes and furniture. Larger unit sizes and are also ideal for commercial inventory, equipment and vehicle storage.
Many homeowners or renters insurance policies cover stored items. Your facility may also sell insurance or be able to direct you to a reputable company that sells policies to protect belongings in your storage unit.
SpareFoot is an online service that searches for available storage units in your area and lets you compare them by price and features. Once you select one that suits your needs, SpareFoot allows you to reserve the unit. Indianapolis residents recommend the service for its easy-to-use interface.
U-Haul has several facilities in the Indianapolis area that offer features such as climate control and 24/7 access. The company also rents portable U-Box containers that are delivered to your home to be filled and then stored at U-Haul’s warehouse. Indianapolis customers say the company is reliable but a bit pricey.
PODS allows movers to pack their belongings into rented storage containers that are stored on the customer’s property or at a PODS container facility. Having the container delivered to your home allows you to pack at your own pace. Indianapolis customers appreciate the convenience, but some people report problems with customer service.
Extra Space Storage
Extra Space Storage is the second-largest self-storage facility owner and operator in the nation. The company features options such as 24-hour access and covered loading bays. Reviews from Indianapolis praise the company for excellent customer service, though some customers complained about monthly rates increasing immediately after signing a contract.
SecurCare Self Storage
SecurCare Self Storage has a variety of units in multiple sizes and offers amenities such as climate-controlled units, fenced perimeters and enhanced security measures. The company lets you reserve a unit online, by phone or by visiting a SecurCare facility. Indianapolis customers consistently give the company high marks for the quality of service.
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