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Storage Units in Torrance

Torrance, CA: Top Things to Know About Storage

Roses are Red…

The city of Torrance generally participates in the annual Tournament of Roses that takes place in Pasadena.  This event takes place on January first or second, depending on when New Year’s is.  To take part in the event, each participant must create a float that represents itself in a unique way.  Participation in

Roses are Red…

The city of Torrance generally participates in the annual Tournament of Roses that takes place in Pasadena.  This event takes place on January first or second, depending on when New Year’s is.  To take part in the event, each participant must create a float that represents itself in a unique way.  Participation in this parade means a lot of organization and preparation, and it also means need for storage.  Although the parade takes place in Pasadena, the floats are built in the area that is being represented.  This means that towards the end of the year, participants need a place to store the equipment necessary to create the float, such as the infrastructure, roses, adhesives, strings, tools, and anything else that’s needed to make the process go smoothly.  They also need a place to store roses while they’re working, and the float itself once it’s done.  In order to keep the float intact and prevent damage, it should be kept in a climate controlled unit up until the event.

As you can see, storage facilities are quite busy in the winter because of this parade.  If you need a storage unit during the winter for your boat, RV, beach equipment, or anything else, book one fast so this rosy event doesn’t make it hard for you.  Don’t forget that you’ll be competing for spots with other residents, military personnel, and business owners as well.

Basketball and Obama

Although President Obama is a big basketball fan, that’s not what we are referring to here.  Torrance is a city that’s sandwiched between Los Angeles and Orange County, two of the most happening places in southern California.  The city itself is pretty mellow, but its neighbors don’t always let it sleep in peace.  Whenever the Lakers win the championship game and have a parade, or the President is in town visiting, roads are closed in Los Angeles.  This in turn backs up traffic all the way down to Orange County, making the residents of Torrance even more miserable.

To be fair, the president doesn’t come to visit that often and the Lakers don’t have a parade every day.  So why is there still so much traffic in Torrance on a daily basis?  And what does that have to do with storage?  Let us break it down for you.  People living in Orange County that commute to Los Angeles for work (and vice versa) travel through Torrance every day, making freeway traffic in the area pretty unbearable.  “Rush hour” has become a nonsensical term in the area because there are actually very few hours during the day in which traffic isn’t bad.  Our whole point in telling you all of this is to urge you to find a storage facility that allows for 24-hour access to your storage facility.  Being able to get to your belongings later in the night or early in the morning will make it easier for you to avoid traffic and you can cut an hour long trip into half.

Student Takeover

There are five major colleges and universities in Torrance: California State University Dominguez Hills, El Camino College-Compton Center, El Camino Community College District, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Southwest College.  In addition to the colleges just mentioned, the city is also situated between two major universities—University of California, Los Angeles and University of California, Irvine—that draw students from all around the world.  With a combined student population of more than 80,000 students, you’re bound to have a little trouble finding a storage unit to store your things in.  Student demand for units is particularly high during the summer when they are going home and leaving their stuff behind for fall semester.  If you’re looking for storage during the summer, scout out some places in advance so you’re not caught off guard by the wave of students coming in.

The Beach isn’t Always Good for You

As tempting as it is to store things right by the beach, it’s not the best way to preserve the quality of your items.  Torrance is a city that’s located on the beach, meaning the things in your storage unit are affected by the humidity and high salt content in the air.  Feel free to store things that you’ll actually be using at the beach, like boats, kayaks, surfboards, beach umbrellas, and anything else that you need.  However, if you’re storing things like antiques, paintings, family heirlooms, or objects that are made out of metal, you’ll want to store more inland.  If that’s the route you’re taking, be sure to rent a climate controlled unit because for every mile you go inland, the temperature changes one degree.  Delicate items will fair better if they’re not vulnerable to the changes in temperature.

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Storage FAQ's

  • Will the company have access to my space?

    No, no one in the storage facilities has access to your space unless you specifically ask them or give them the right to do so. For example, you may want them to have access to your unit for things you may want delivered directly to your unit.

  • How long is the lease and what are its terms?

    Storage companies in Torrance offer a month-to-month lease. If for some reason you would like to cancel your lease during a particular month, please contact one of the facility managers to assist you.

  • What if I need more or less space after I move in?

    Once you move in and feel that you need to move into a smaller or bigger space, storage facilities are happy to accommodate your move. Before renting a space, it is recommended that you speak to a storage facility representative to help you find the best sized unit for your needs. If things change through the course of your lease, they will help make the transition to your next unit as efficient and simple as possible. We also have a size guide that may answer some preliminary questions you may have.

  • Do you sell boxes and moving supplies?

    Yes, most storage facilities sell boxes of various sizes, tape, bubble wrap, labels, and other items for your packing and moving needs.

  • Will I receive a monthly invoice?

    Most storage companies in Torrance only provide invoices upon request.

  • Do you have different policies and prices for students or active military members?

    Students and active military members are clients that have unique needs because of the nature of their schedules. Most storage facilities in Torrance offer discounts to students, and discounts and different policies for active military members. Please call your local facility or see our students and active military members pages to get detailed and updated information.

  • If I lose my key, can you provide another one?

    No, storage facility employees do not have copies of the keys used for the units. If you lose your key, check with the facility for lock cutting fees. They may also be able to sell another lock and key to you.

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In Torrance, there are 26 storage facilities, with a total of 121 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from 1' X 2' to 20' X 25'. Call one of your local facilities to have a representative find what size unit is best for you.

  • What security measures are taken to protect the storage units?

    Security is every storage operator's priority. Speak with the storage manager of a facility of your liking in Torrance to find out what security measures they take to protect your belongings.

  • Is there anything unique to keep in mind when choosing a storage facility in Torrance?

    Some factors to keep in mind when choosing a storage facility in Torrance are: weather, peak rush hour times, items that you will be storing, and location within Torrance.

  • Do you have pest control?

    Most facilities in Torrance schedule professional pest control services every month, and twice a month during summer months.

  • Should I rent a drive-up or interior storage unit?

    Drive-up storage units are typically more expensive and not as clean as interior units. Drive-up units are more exposed to the elements (water, dust, etc.) and are therefore not as clean as interior units. Interior units, on the other hand, have a much better climate. Essentially, the desire to rent a drive-up unit comes from clients thinking that they will be visiting their unit very frequently, which is surprisingly not the case. Most people don't come to their units as often as they think they will, so given the cost and cleanliness issues, it's better to rent an interior storage unit.

  • Can I rent climate-controlled spaces in Torrance?

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in Torrance due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 49.46 to 57.2, which can dramatically affect things in your storage unit. For storing items such as wine, wooden items, electronics, metals, artwork, etc. storage facilities recommend that you rent a climate-controlled unit. For questions and more details, please contact a local facility.

  • What are the prices of the storage spaces? Are prices based on the square footage of the storage space?

    Generally the prices of storage units in Torrance vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 16.0 and 552.5, but representatives can better assist you once they have the details of your storage needs.

  • What access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 26 facilities to choose from in Torrance. Access hours range from 8 to 24 hours a day. Please contact your local facility for more specific information about your unit.

  • Do you provide your customers with movers?

    No, storage facilities do not provide movers. However, managers and team members would be happy to provide you with a list of reliable and reasonably priced movers in Torrance. See our resource guide for movers in Torrance.

  • How do I know what size storage I need?

    Storage managers would be happy to help you determine which size unit is best for you so that you're not paying for a 20' X 25' unit when you really need a 1' X 2' unit. Please reference our size guide for more information.

  • Do you accept deliveries for customers?

    Most storage facilities in Torrance accept deliveries for their customers so that they don't have to go through the process of moving every time they need something to be placed in their storage units. They will keep your items in the office and will inform you when they arrive so that you can place them in your storage unit at your convenience.

  • What options do I have for payments? What forms of payment do you accept?

    Most storage facilities accept cash, credit cards, or checks. Always ask about autopay, it's faster and much more convenient.

  • Do you have advice on how to pack my storage space?

    Yes, storage managers can provide you with tips and techniques on how to most efficiently utilize your storage space. Their hope is that you can have easy access to your items and that your storage space is worth every penny of your money.

  • Do I need insurance for my storage unit?

    We recommend that you get insurance for your belongings because the contents of the units are not insured through storage facilities.

Torrance, CA Military StorageViewHide

Torrance, CA Military Storage

When you’re in the military, you usually can’t take most of your things with you wherever you go.  Housing on bases is not too spacious, and you only want to keep things with you that are essential for everyday use.  Plus, if you’re moving around all the time, you have to learn to pack light, which means leaving a lot of stuff behind.  To make things easier and more convenient for you, we suggest putting your things in self storage.  Torrance has 25 storage facilities that you can choose from, and the managers are accustomed to having military tenants.

Too Many Military People

California is packed with dozens of military bases and tons of military personnel.  The Army National Guard Military Base is very close to Torrance, and it has many visitors on a daily basis.  The California Army National Guard has 16,450 troops, and the Air National Guard has 4, 637.  All of these people are constantly switching bases for training, recruiting, missions, and other reasons.

If you’re a part of the California National Guard, you’re probably moving around a lot throughout the state, so you have some stability in terms of not always having to go to other states.  This makes it easier for you to find a storage unit that you can constantly go back to.  If you’re based in Torrance, consider storing at Torrance Western Self Storage.  This facility is open seven days a week, doesn’t require a deposit, has computerized gate access, video surveillance, and an on-site manager.  You can also look into A-AAA Mini Storage, which has storage space for vehicles and allows for 24-hour access.  Both of these facilities have key things that you should be looking for in a storage facility.

Beach Weather

Although California has relatively dry summers, its coastal cities experience some humidity as compared to cities that are more inland.  Torrance is situated right on the beach, so humidity on hot summer days is pretty common.  If you’re looking to store things like guns, wooden items, or anything with paint on it, try to find a storage facility that’s a bit more inland to avoid damage.  However, the more inland you go, the higher the temperature gets.  To solve this dilemma, you should definitely get a climate controlled unit, which can protect your stuff from the heat.  Then comes the issue of protecting your items against the high salt content in the ocean’s air.  Metal objects can easily become rusty or tarnished when stored by the beach, so be careful not to store your guns in the area.  Who knew storage could be so complicated?

Pricing, Leasing, and Access

The last thing you want to do is spend a fortune on storage.  You don’t want to find that you ended up paying more for storing your stuff than the value of the items themselves.  Storage in Torrance is actually pretty expensive, but because of the constant traffic of military personnel, facilities offer good discounts if you’re a part of the military.  When you’re looking for a facility, ask for any military discounts that are available.  You can also sign up for online bill pay so that you don’t have to worry about going down to the facility to make a payment.  This is especially helpful when you’re deployed and out of the country.  But if you find that you’re unable to make payments online while you’re deployed, you don’t have to worry about losing the contents of your unit because facilities are not allowed to auction them off while you’re away even if you default on your payments.

Storage facilities also have options for month-to-month leases, so if you find that you’re suddenly being deployed to a different state, you won’t have to pay a hefty fee for breaking a yearlong lease.  Given that you’re constantly on the go, it’s nice to have that flexibility.

Last but not Least:  Security

As a military member, security is probably always on your mind.  Well, you’ll be happy to know that it’s always on storage facility managers’ minds too.  Storage facilities take great measures to ensure the safety of their tenants’ belongings.  If you’re storing things of value (and even if you aren’t), check to see if the facility that you’re interested has some combination of the following:  security guards, on-site managers, gated and well-lit grounds, 24-hour video surveillance, individually alarmed units.  The more of these measures that are in place, the safer your things will be.

Torrance, CA RV and Boat StorageViewHide

Torrance, CA RV and Boat Storage

Residents of Torrance live close enough to the beach to hit the waters with their boat every day.  The city is packed with beautiful beaches and RV parks, and weather that’s good enough for them to be able to enjoy nature almost year round.  Winters can get cold though, and not many people end up using their boats or RVs during that time.  It’s just not something very common to do around the holidays.  If you’re someone who doesn't like using his/her RV or boat every weekend, or even every month, consider putting your vehicles in self storage.

RV Parks and Storage

One of the most beautiful RV parks in Torrance is Dockweiler RV Park.  This park is literally on the beach, and you get gorgeous views of Malibu and Catalina Island.  Picnic tables and barbecue grills are scattered all over the park, and Marvin Braude Bicycle Trail, which is about 22 miles, is close to the park as well.  If you’re visiting the park, be sure to also go to nearby famous beaches including Venice Beach, Santa Monica Beach, Marina Del Rey, and Redondo Beach Pier.  The park is also close to the freeway so it’s easy to get to other attractions in the area, like Disneyland, Universal Studios, and the Getty Museum.  This park is in the midst of everything that southern California is known for!

If this is one of your favorite RV parks, you should definitely consider storing your RV, boat, and other recreational equipment in a storage facility nearby.  You can easily keep your bikes, barbecue equipment, surfboards, and other belongings in a storage unit so you don’t have to bring them along every time you come to the park.  Consider storing in Everest Self Storage, which is 4.4 miles away from the park, or U.S. Storage Centers, which is 4.7 miles away.  Both of these facilities are close to the park, so instead of packing your RV and driving it through Torrance’s traffic, you can just stop by your storage unit and have everything you need for your getaway waiting for you.  Going on a vacation without having to do much planning sounds pretty awesome to us.

Flexibility in Leases and Hours

Torrance has a pretty high cost of living as it is, so you don’t want to break the bank with your self storage bill.  For the most part, you probably use your boat or RV mainly during the spring and summer.  That’s only about six months out of the year, and leases are generally yearlong.  However, the storage industry understands the need for flexible leases, especially for boat and RV storage.  Storage facilities offer month-to-month leases so you’re not paying for a unit that you’re not using.  Some facilities even offer a discount if you prepay for a certain number of months, so be sure to ask about that as well as other specials and deals when you’re thinking of signing a lease.

You should also look for a facility that allows for 24-hour access to your unit so you can get your RV or boat at any time.  Summer evenings are a great time to go for a spin in your boat, especially after a long and hard day of work.  If the facility that you’re storing at closes at 7PM, this isn’t something you’ll be able to do.  It’s a shame if your ability to use your vehicles is limited because of lack of access to them.

The Weather and Safety

Torrance is a pretty crowded city with a lot of small streets.  It’s really difficult to keep your boat or RV in front of your home without the risk of it being damaged by the weather or any accidents that may occur.  It’s also a coastal city, so it’s better to store vehicles that you’re not using in a covered area because of the damage that the high salt content in the ocean’s air can do to your RV.

You also don’t want your precious vehicles to be susceptible to theft.  Torrance has annual property crimes of 2,767, and you don’t want to be the one added to that number.  Most storage facilities take pretty strict security measures to ensure the safety of their tenants’ belongings.  It’s common for facilities to have some combination of the following security measures:  24-hour video surveillance, on-site managers, individually alarmed units, security guards, and well-lit and gated facilities.  Find a facility that has all the measures that you think are necessary to keep your stuff safe and give you some peace of mind.

Torrance, CA University StorageViewHide

Torrance, CA University Storage

As exciting as it is to move out for college, it can be kind of difficult leaving everything behind.  You’re moving out of your home for the first time and everything that’s to come is unknown.  You may have heard about the size of the dorm rooms; believe people when they say how small they are.  When you’re packing your bags for college and you want to take everything you own, you should consider storing your things in self storage.  Torrance has a massive student population because of its location in southern California, but it can accommodate everyone because there are 25 storage facilities that you can choose from to store your stuff.

Students and Storage

Torrance is home to California State University Dominguez Hills, which has an undergraduate enrollment of 12,617, a graduate enrollment of 2,070, and covers 346 acres of land.  There are 80 registered clubs and organizations on campus, and more than 100 majors are offered.  On top of that, there are graduate programs, and certificate and credential programs, which people might be enrolled in while working full time.

Torrance’s 13,750 storage units are more than enough to fulfill storage needs of all the students attending the university.  However, you have to remember that there are also a lot of other people (military personnel, businesses, and residents) in the area who are competing for these units.  Be sure to find a unit quickly before they’re all gone.  There are actually some facilities that are very close to the university that would be great places to store your stuff. Door to Door Storage and Moving is a facility that’s only 1.1 miles away from campus.  You can get moving and storage services in one place, which makes moving day a lot easier.  This facility also gives you the option to load containers at the storage facility, or you can have them bring storage containers to you and have a week to load the containers before they pick them up.  This way you don’t have to do all of the moving by yourself.  Another great thing about this facility is that to date, they haven’t had a break-in and the company has been in business for 20 years now.  We highly recommend this facility based on its amenities, safety, and proximity to campus.

Keeping Your Stuff Safe

Torrance is a relatively safe city, but that doesn’t mean that there’s no crime.  Torrance has annual property crimes of 2,767 and is safer than 39% of the cities in the U.S.  That’s pretty good considering how close it is to downtown Los Angeles.  However, you should take security into account when choosing a storage facility.  Some of the security measures that storage facilities offer include the following:  24-hour video surveillance, gated and well-lit facilities, on site managers, security guards, and individually alarmed units.  Try to find a facility with as many of these security measures as possible so you’re not worried about your things while you’re home for the summer or studying abroad.

Money and Flexibility

Paying for college is hard enough as it is without having to pay for a storage unit on top of that.  Storage units are actually not that expensive, and facilities usually offer student discounts and back to school specials, especially if they’re very close to a college campus.  You can also ask the manager if he/she allows for you to share a unit with a friend.  That way you can cut the cost and still get all of the benefits of self storage.

You should also sign up for online bill pay.  Whether you’re going on vacation, studying abroad for the semester, or are just swamped with studying for midterms or finals, you don't want to be stressed about making a trip to the storage facility to pay your bill.  With online bill pay, you can make your payments from anywhere, any time.

Lastly, be sure to look for a facility that allows for 24-hour access to your unit.  Although you can easily find a facility close to campus, it might be hard to make a trip to your unit between classes.  Given how unpredictable student schedules are, it only makes sense to opt for the most flexible access hours.

What the Weather can do to Your Things

California has a pretty dry climate, so you don’t have to worry too much about humidity.  However, Torrance is very close to the ocean, so it’s definitely possible for it to get a little humid on hot summer days.  To avoid any damage to your belongings, we recommend using a climate controlled unit.  This way you can store anything you want—including items that have or are made of wood, metal, paint, etc.—without having to fear damage due to weather conditions.

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