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Sacramento, CA: Top Things to Know About Storage

Krista Diamond | March 24, 2016 @ 1:12 PM

The Essentials

You can use StorageFront to search 188 facilities and counting. With so many options, there’s something for everyone. A lot of other Californians might unfavorably compare Sacramento to cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, but we in the storage industry are thankful that Sacramento does its own thing. Those 188 storage facilities offer an estimated 103,400 individual units which is plenty of space for a population of 485,199. You know what else is awesome about the cost of living and the cost of storage in Sactown (Sorry, but we’ll never get used to calling it that.)? For the price of a tiny studio apartment and a tiny storage unit in San Francisco you can live and store like a king in Sacramento. Rental prices on apartments in Sacramento may be above the national average, but they’re well below the California average. Storage unit prices in Sacramento are at or below the national average. In Sacramento a one bedroom apartment will run you a little over $1,000 a month and a 5x5 unit will cost you around $50 a month (but you can find them for as cheap as $25 a month). Compare that to a $2,000 a month apartment and an $87 5x5 unit in Los Angeles and a $3,000 a month apartment and a $121 5x5 unit in San Francisco and it’s easy to see why living and storing in Sacramento is easy. You can afford a bigger apartment and you can afford storage.

Urban Wine Storage in Urban Wine Country

Forget about Napa and Sonoma. Sacramento has its own wine scene and it’s a lot less pretentious. There are a wealth of wine bars inside the city where you can trade your after work beer for a super classy glass of pinot noir. If a trip to Frasinetti Winery, the oldest vineyard in town, or Scribner Bend Vineyards on the Sacramento River has inspired you to start your own collection, you apartment complex’s lack of old timey wine cellar might leave something to be desired as far as wine storage goes. Fortunately, many storage facilities in Sacramento offer wine storage. When storing your wine, make sure that you choose a unit that’s cool and sheltered from direct sunlight. Storage units are inherently free from direct sunlight, so you don’t have to sweat that last one. It’s the temperature component you’ll want to consider. Wine shouldn’t be stored in an environment above 70 degrees unless you want it to taste pretty weird at your next dinner party. Climate-controlled storage solves this issue pretty nicely. Just make sure you’re storing at a place that understands the complexity of wine storage. Blasting air conditioning isn’t the solution as colder air isn’t great for wine either. Anything below 55 degrees is probably too cold, though wine experts will have varying opinions on how different temperatures affect different types of wine. Also make sure when storing wine that you don’t stack boxes too high as jostling (Pesky earthquakes!) and glass generally don’t pair as well as chianti and pasta.

Don’t Listen to the Summertime Haters

Because of Sacramento’s location, it’s hot. We won’t bore you with the long, scientific explanation, but basically the mountains prevent most of that cool coastal air from reaching the city. Any kind of breeze that does make it is heated up and trapped in the valley. Hence, it’s hot. But how hot is it, really? Over 70 days a year see temps of over 90, about 14 of which are over 100. The long summer days peak in July at about 14 hours of sunlight a day, which is great news for anyone who just invested in a new pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers, but bad news for anyone looking for a break from those sizzling rays. The city’s massive urban forest (there are more than 450 types of trees) does a great job of keeping you cool, but what about the items in your storage unit? If you’re storing year round, you’ll want to choose a unit with climate control in order to prevent damage to items that are susceptible to the effects of heat. This typically includes electronics and furniture made of leather and antique wood.

Awesomeness in Either Direction and 24 Hour Storage

Drive east of Sacramento and you’ll be at the incredible Lake Tahoe where you can ski all winter, float your boat on the iconic bright blue water all summer and practice your poker face at nearby Nevada casinos. Drive west of the city and you can explore the Pacific coastline. If you’re someone who utilizes storage on a weekly basis or you’re storing an RV, boat or vehicle that you use for these California adventures, consider choosing a facility that’s open 24 hours a day so that access to to your storage unit doesn’t cramp your style.

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