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Self Storage Guide for Beginners

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Self-storage is a popular option for individuals and families who need to store some or all of their belongings. If you're trying to learn more about self-storage and your options, you've come to the right place! We have many resources available to help you make an informed decision on selecting the right self-storage space for your needs and your budget.

How Do Self-Storage Units Work?

Self-storage is a flexible solution that caters to a variety of storage needs. Whether you're downsizing, moving to a new city, or just need extra space to store your belongings, self-storage is a great option. The best part is that it's affordable and offers you complete control over your belongings. You can rent a self-storage unit for as long as you need, and you can choose from a wide range of sizes to suit your needs. Climate-controlled units are also available for those who need to store temperature-sensitive items, such as artwork, furniture, and electronics.

Self-storage units are not just for homeowners. Business owners can benefit from self-storage as well. Whether you're a small business owner or a large corporation, self-storage can be an excellent option for storing inventory, equipment, documents, and other items that are taking up valuable space in your office or warehouse. It's a cost-effective solution that can free up much-needed space and help you stay organized.

Furthermore, self-storage is not just for short-term storage. You can rent a unit for as long as you need, whether that's a few months or several years. Many people choose to rent a self-storage unit for long-term storage of items they don't need on a daily basis but don't want to get rid of either. This could include family heirlooms, seasonal decorations, or sports equipment.

What to Consider when selecting a Self-Storage facility

Self-storage facilities are all different, and there are a few different storage features that set the better ones apart from the rest. Here are some of the features you might want to prioritize or ask about as you find the right facilty for you.


Access to your self-storage unit is a crucial aspect of the storage experience. After all, you want to be able to access your belongings whenever you need them. The convenience of 24/7 access cannot be overstated, especially for those who work long hours or have irregular schedules. With Elevate Self Storage, you never have to worry about being locked out of your unit.

Our facility offers secure 24/7 access via Bluetooth technology. This means you can enter the facility and access your unit at any time, day or night, without having to come into contact with anyone else or wait for an employee to let you in. Our Bluetooth access system is not only contactless, but it's also incredibly secure. Only you will have access to your unit, ensuring that your belongings are safe and sound. With Elevate Self Storage, you can rest easy knowing that your belongings are always within reach and always secure.


When it comes to self-storage, security is a top priority. You want to know that your belongings are safe and secure at all times. That's why at Elevate Self Storage, we take security seriously. We understand that you're storing valuable items, and we want to make sure that they're protected from theft, damage, and unauthorized access.

Our self-storage units are equipped with state-of-the-art security features that go above and beyond traditional padlocks and codes. With Bluetooth access, fencing, and gated entry, you can be confident that only you will have access to your unit. Our high-tech security system includes top-of-the-line security cameras strategically placed throughout the facility to provide an extra layer of protection for your belongings.

But we don't stop there. We also offer insurance policies for your belongings if you're interested. This gives you added peace of mind knowing that your valuables are protected against any unforeseen circumstances. Whether it's theft, damage, or anything else, you can rest easy knowing that your belongings are covered.

At Elevate Self Storage, we believe that security should never be compromised. That's why we invest in the latest security technology and continuously monitor our facility to ensure that your belongings are always safe and secure. When you rent a self-storage unit with us, you can trust that your belongings are in good hands.


A clean facility ensures that your belongings are protected from premature decay, unwanted smells, and rodents. At Elevate Self Storage, we take cleanliness seriously. Our facility is regularly cleaned and maintained to ensure that your unit is in pristine condition.

We understand that some items require special care, which is why we offer climate-controlled units that keep your belongings at an optimal temperature and humidity level. This helps to prevent damage from extreme temperatures, mold, and mildew.

Our team also takes extra precautions to prevent pests from entering the facility. We conduct regular inspections and use pest control methods to ensure that your unit remains free of unwanted visitors.

Climate Control Option

Climate-controlled units are a must-have for those who need to store temperature-sensitive items. These units maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level, which is crucial for preserving delicate items such as artwork, antique furniture, and electronics. With the ability to regulate the temperature and humidity, a climate-controlled unit provides an optimal environment that keeps your belongings in the same condition you originally stored them in.

The temperature in a climate-controlled unit is typically maintained between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This range helps prevent damage from extreme temperatures and fluctuations, which can cause warping, cracking, and discoloration. Additionally, the humidity level is kept between 30% and 50%, which helps prevent mold, mildew, and rust from forming on your belongings.

Climate-controlled units are also ideal for storing items over long periods. Unlike traditional storage units, which can be susceptible to temperature and humidity changes, a climate-controlled unit ensures that your belongings remain in excellent condition, no matter how long you store them. Whether you're storing valuable collectibles or family heirlooms, a climate-controlled unit provides the ultimate protection and peace of mind.

At Elevate Self Storage, we offer a variety of climate-controlled units in different sizes to suit your specific needs. Our units are designed to keep your belongings safe and secure, with state-of-the-art technology that ensures 24/7 protection. With our climate-controlled units, you can trust that your items will remain in pristine condition, no matter how long you store them.

Why choose Self-Storage?

Self-storage is a solution for those going through specific life events and those who need extra storage space year-round. Perhaps you've accumulated too many possessions over the years or have downsized your living space but don't want to get rid of everything. Maybe you're a collector or have a hobby that requires a lot of equipment and supplies.

Whatever the reason, self-storage can provide the extra space you need to keep your belongings safe and organized. Plus, with the ability to rent a unit for as long as you need, you can have peace of mind knowing that your items are always within reach. 

Common reasons why people choose self-storage include:

  • Remodels: Home remodels can take weeks or months, and during that time many people need temporary space to store their belongings until it's finished. Self-storage provides a way to keep your belongings safe and organized until your home remodel is complete.
  • Temporary college room storage: Many college students attend school far from home and don't have housing during the summer, so taking all of their belongings back home during the summer just doesn't make sense. This means they typically will choose a self-storage unit for short-term storage of their belongings while they're in this time of transition.
  • Seasonal items: Your lawn mower and yard maintenance equipment probably isn't needed on hand during the winter months. Your holiday decor is not needed outside of the holiday season. Many people choose to store such items in self-storage during the off-season.
  • Moving: Moving can get complicated sometimes, especially when you're between places and can't settle your stuff in quite yet. Self-storage provides a great temporary home for your belongings in these interims.
  • Military deployment: Men and women in the military tend to like the option of self-storage for their belongings when they are deployed. This helps ensure their belongings are safe and they pay less to store them here than they would pay to rent a residence where they won't be staying during that time.
  • Vehicles and Water Sports Vehicles: Many people choose to store their extra vehicles, motorcycles, mountain bikes, ATVs, boats, and jet ski's in self-storage units. That way they aren't taking up room at home but are still easily accessible when they're needed.

Are you ready to solve your storage problems? Call our friendly and professional staff at Elevate Self Storage, Monday-Friday at (208) 960-6543, or fill out our Contact Form!

Check out the Dos and Dont's of Self Storage and 4 Ways to Maximize Storage Unit Space for more tips!