Storage Units in Denver

Denver, CO: Top Things to Know About Storage

Building Structure Determines Climate Control

Now, chances are as a self-storage tenant in Denver, you won’t need climate control. The average temperature in winter is a cold 37 degrees, and in summer it’s 70 degrees. Denver has a semi-arid, continental climate, meaning that humidity isn’t a problem. In fact, it’s one of the lowest humidity

Building Structure Determines Climate Control

Now, chances are as a self-storage tenant in Denver, you won’t need climate control. The average temperature in winter is a cold 37 degrees, and in summer it’s 70 degrees. Denver has a semi-arid, continental climate, meaning that humidity isn’t a problem. In fact, it’s one of the lowest humidity cities in the U.S.. However, temperatures can get below freezing, and for some items, such as musical instruments and medicine, can suffer damage when the weather gets too cold, so some renters do look for climate control.

If that describes you, chances are, you’ll want to look outside the city center. Downtown Denver facilities generally don’t have climate control because the older, brick buildings there simply won't accommodate it.

Snow Affects Access

With winter weather generally hovering right above freezing, but sometimes dipping below, snow is unpredictable. While this can delay drivers, it can make accessing storage even more difficult for those who have to walk through the snow to their lockers. There are more of these people than you think.

Some Denver facilities have quite small storage lockers, such as 4’x4’x4’ units where people store smaller items. It’s the people without transportation renting these, and who need to access their lockers daily, who often have the most difficulty getting to self-storage in the snow.

Sizes and Times

The unit sizes that get rented, and the length of leases, depends greatly on the season. In the spring and summer months, more people move to or from Denver. Due to this, they rent larger units as staging areas for a smoother move. Generally, this means 5’x15’ or 5’x20’ units. In the winter, when people are more settled and just need a little extra space, 5’x7’ units are more popular.

Also due to moving spring and summer leases tend to be shorter, often month-to-month. In winter, people will pay for three to six months in advance.

Buckley Air Force Base and Self-Storage

Just a little over 1% of Denver’s population is military, so this demographic is also small in the self-storage space. However, active military members can get a discount on their storage units, so if you are stationed at Buckley Air Force Base, ask various facilities what they offer to active military members and even veterans.

When a military member is deployed, Colorado lien law prevent self-storage facilities from auctioning off their lockers, even if rent is way past due. Of course, it’s wise to keep up on your rent whether in the country or not. Many active military members who get deployed have a family member take care of the monthly rent.

Elevator Issues

Self-storage facilities in the Downtown Denver area have multiple stories, often between six and eight, with freight elevator access. Occasionally, elevators shut down and facilities must call on maintenance to fix them. This can cause delays when people need to get to their lockers.

The Popular Area

Despite the inability of Downtown Denver locations to provide climate control, and occasional elevator problems, this is still a very popular area for residents to rent storage. That’s because Downtown Denver is in such a perfectly centralized place, about 25 miles from the planes to the east and 25 miles from the mountains to the west.

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Storage FAQ's

  • 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 Denver vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 61.0 and 205.0, but representatives can better assist you once they have the details of your storage needs.

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In Denver, there are 108 storage facilities, with a total of 12 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from 5' X 5' to 10' X 20'. Call one of your local facilities to have a representative find what size unit is best for you.

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

    Storage companies in Denver 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Denver 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.

  • Do you accept deliveries for customers?

    Most storage facilities in Denver 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 10' X 20' unit when you really need a 5' X 5' unit. Please reference our size guide for more information.

  • 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 Denver. See our resource guide for movers in Denver.

  • Can I rent climate-controlled spaces in Denver?

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in Denver due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 39.74 to 48.2, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Denver to find out what security measures they take to protect your belongings.

  • 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.

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

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

  • What access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 108 facilities to choose from in Denver. Access hours range from 8 to 24 hours a day. Please contact your local facility for more specific information about your unit.

  • Will I receive a monthly invoice?

    Most storage companies in Denver only provide invoices upon request.

  • 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.

  • Do you have pest control?

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

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Denver, CO RV and Boat Storage

For RV owners, Denver is a sort of paradise. It’s right between the stunning Rocky Mountains to the west and beautiful plains to the east. You can easily hop in your RV and visit either year-round.

However, you probably cannot park your RV on the street. So, what is an RV owner to do? Find a well-secured, fairly-priced self-storage facility, of course. Denver has 112 self-storage facilities, of which 17 store RVs and boats. To find the best RV storage facility for you, read on.

Consider 24 Hour Access

Even with the Rocky Mountains in your backyard, you may want to visit other parts of the U.S. in your RV. Sometimes, that means leaving early to beat traffic, and coming home so late at night everything is closed. Even when you visit the mountains, you would probably prefer to make your own schedule independent of the hours a facility happens to be open. As such, look into self-storage facilities with 24 hour access. Of course, when winter hits, you can still travel, but to protect your water system, you will need to winterize it..

Look Into Flexible Leases

No one wants to pay for a service when they’re not using it. Fortunately, some self-storage facilities offer flexible leases on RV storage units. You may be able to lower the amount you pay while on an extended vacation, and have more money for renting your space in an RV park or for various vacation activities. These leases can vary, so ask each place you’re considering about them.

The Importance of Good Security in Denver

Despite the cheery weather, crime in Denver is twice that of the rest of the state. So, it behoves you to make sure your RV is in a safe facility. A self-storage facility for RVs may be nothing more than an fenced parking lot, or it can be a fully enclosed and locked unit with its own security code. Find out all you can about a facility’s security before you rent there. It should include gate access codes, camera surveillance, good lighting, and more. To learn more about crime in Denver, visit the Denver page on Neighborhood Scout. So long as you pick a secure facility, your RV should be fine.

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Denver, CO Military Storage

Relocation is a fact of life in the military. Chances are, during your career, you’ll change bases at least once. On top of the challenge of finding new schools for your kids and the excitement of discovering a new city is the necessity of moving your belongings. You might go from a house at one base to an off-base apartment at the next, and that’s where self-storage comes into the picture.

If you’re assigned to Denver, then you’ll be at Buckley Air Force Base. Here’s what you need to know about self-storage in the area.

How a Buckley Air Force Base Assignment Affects Your Storage Needs

First, you’ll be happy to know that weather in the Mile High City is mild. Winter days average about 37 F, summer days, 70 F, with a semi-arid, continental climate. Denver is one of the lowest humidity cities in the U.S. For you, that means that you probably will not need climate controlled storage. Denver has 112 self-storage facilities totaling 61,660 units. Buckley AFB is a large installation with about 6,780 active military personnel and 2,150 civilian workers, not to mention another 2,175 contractors and 2,400 reservists. Denver also has more than 600,000 residents. So, you may find some real competition for storage units. Denver is both a military city and a college city, so when students are coming back from summer or winter break it can be even more difficult to find a unit. Whether you live in privatized housing on Buckley Air Force Base, in the barracks, or in a nearby community, a search for self-storage in Denver is bound to turn up great options, but start your search early. Also, remember that the Denver Metro area, as with any popular city, can be expensive, but living just outside it is much more affordable. You may find this goes for the price of self-storage space as well.

Cost of Units in Denver

It can take time to find reasonably priced self-storage units in Denver. In pricing per month, you can find 5’x5’ units for as low as $60, 5’x10’ units as low as $70, and 9’x10’ to 12’x4’ units for around $130. Of course, there are other considerations. These include the distance you live from the storage facility, how often you will go there, and what you plan to store in it. A cheap, nearby facility is usually the best option. However, if you often like to go biking at a particular park, keeping your bike in a storage unit near that park, but a bit farther from your home, might make sense. If you’ll go to your unit only once a month or so, then a cheaper one a little farther away might save you money over one closer to hand. This cannot be stressed enough. Ask around about military discounts. Some self-storage companies offer discounts to members of the military and may even charge less if you’re deployed to another country. Just remember to bring your military ID with you when you rent.

If You’re Deployed

Part of being an active military member, or even a reservist, means you might be deployed overseas at any time, and sometimes, that deployment could last years. You might even be in a place where it’s difficult to access the internet, and you can get so busy that you forget a few payments on your self-storage unit. Usually when a tenant misses several storage payments, and the facility has sent the tenant proper notification with no payments forthcoming, the facility can auction off the unit. This is covered under Colorado’s lien laws. We recommend setting up automatic payments before your deployment. Not only will this avoid the possible loss of your valuables, the military requires its members to pay all bills or face docked paychecks and other measures. On the other hand, the military recognizes these difficulties and that’s the reason for the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. This act makes sure that military personnel renting storage get fair treatment and makes it much more difficult for a facility to put your unit up for auction. A Fort Bragg soldier fought and won a case when his unit was illegally auctioned off.

Storing Guns

Gun storage can be a touchy subject and many self-storage facilities will not allow it. If you have recreational firearms and need a place to keep them either when you’ve been deployed or simply because you don’t want them in your home, ask various facilities if they allow it before you pick a rental. Of course, if you live on base, chances are you can register your firearms there and store them according to protocol. The article Storing Your Firearms: Safe Options for Gun Storage on the Storage Front website will provide you with plenty of helpful tips. Keep in mind though that while some facilities do allow gun storage, almost none allow the storage of ammunition.

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Denver, CO University Storage

It’s time to get excited, because you’re going to university in Denver! The Mile High City has some of the best weather in the nation and several excellent schools of higher learning. Whether you’ll live on campus or off, you will likely need self-storage. If you don’t immediately, you’re sure to accumulate new and meaningful belongings during your university years and will need somewhere to store them.

Here are some important considerations when renting storage space in Denver.

You Will Need More Space

Your undergraduate years are probably the first that you’ve lived away from your parents home. As you’re starting your adult life, you will certainly accumulate more possessions. Some of what you get, you’ll need after college, which might include new clothes, cookware and kitchenware, art, and more. Even if you prefer a optimized lifestyle with few extra items, you will end up with things like more books, items related to new clubs like art or sports equipment, and items you may cherish for the rest of your life. You’ll need somewhere to put these. Even if you manage to get through college without needing self-storage, keep these lessons in mind for the future.

You Can Bring It With You

Denver enjoys an active student culture with more than 60,000 university and college students enrolled at 16 schools of higher education including University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, University of Denver, and Regis University. In fact, 18,000 of those students attend University of Colorado Denver. While University of Colorado Denver can help you find housing, we can help you find self-storage. Denver has 112 storage facilities with a total of 61,600 units. Keep in mind, though, that there are about 14 thousand military and civilian personnel at Buckley Air Force Base, and a total of more than 600 thousand residents in Denver. Start your search for a unit early. However, Denver weather is comfortable and mild, with winter days averaging about 37 F and summer days about 70 F,and Denver is one of the lowest humidity cities in the U.S. That’s great news for anything you want to store, and, unless you have specific, temperature-sensitive items, you probably won’t need a unit with climate control. Expect to find reasonably priced units. It’s possible to find 5’x5’ units for as low as $60, 5’x10’ units as low as $70, and 9’x10’ to 12’x4’ units for around $130. Also, consider the distance to storage from your apartment or dormitory. Also, think honestly about how often you’ll likely go to your unit and what you plan to keep there. If you can find a low-price unit nearby, that’s the best option, but it may be difficult, especially if you live on campus where storage lockers will be at a premium. Many people think they’ll be at their unit almost every day, and only go once a month, if that. So, if you’re not going to your unit often, you can save by having a unit a bit farther away from home. Finally, before you move to Denver, make a list of everything you plan to bring with you, and separate the list into things for your new home, and things for storage. This can help you determine the size locker you’ll need.

Storage When Studying Abroad

While at university in Denver, you may decide to spend a semester or a year abroad. You can keep your things in your apartment, but then you can’t be sure your things will be safe from prying eyes. Self-storage is the solution. If you don’t have enough room in your current unit, contact your self-storage facility and move to a larger one. Often, you can do so entirely online. Also, most facilities now let you manage your payments online from anywhere in the world. Also, consider subletting your apartment or room, if your landlord allows it. Just be sure that the person subletting from you will move out when you get back from your trip abroad.
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