Storage Units in Orlando

Orlando, FL: Top Things to Know About Storage

Climate Control Is a Must

This cannot be emphasized too much. The weather in Orlando, especially during the summer, is hot and muggy. Most of what people put in self-storage will suffer serious damage due to humidity and heat if stored in ordinary units. This includes photographs, old VHS tapes, fabric, books, and musical instruments. Without

Climate Control Is a Must

This cannot be emphasized too much. The weather in Orlando, especially during the summer, is hot and muggy. Most of what people put in self-storage will suffer serious damage due to humidity and heat if stored in ordinary units. This includes photographs, old VHS tapes, fabric, books, and musical instruments. Without climate control, you can expect mold, mildew, warping, and other issues with your belongings.

Furniture, electrical items, and paint can be all right so long as they are properly covered in plastic, but we recommend climate control in Orlando even for them.

Commercial Versus Residential

Self-storage facilities in Orlando are often separated into residential and commercial, meaning that a residential facility will have different rules than a commercial one. Residential units are generally between 5’x5’ at the smallest and 20’x30’ at the largest, whereas commercial units can be larger.

As an example of commercial versus residential, some commercial-zoned facilities may allow band practice, so long as it doesn’t happen every day. Residential facilities require quiet at all times, as they are in residential zones. Commercial properties have some leniency when it comes to noise. This is generally decided on a case-by-case basis.

A Unique Needs Story

One manager revealed that his facility once had a tenant who stored his taxidermy animals in his storage unit. He showed the facility the stuffed animals and animal bones stored. Since the animals were not living, the facility decided that they would accept their storage.

Orlando Demographics and Special Storage Concerns

In terms of ethnicities, Orlando is well-balanced. The population of the city is about 33% white, 33% black, and 33% hispanic. However, each facility has customers predominantly from just one of the three.

The west end of Orlando has a large population of people from various islands, such as Haiti. Small businesses that ship to Haiti use those facilities for business storage. The facilities need to balance between making sure that the customers can get to their storage when they need to, but must make sure that they have no restricted items, like live plants and animals or food.

Charitable Donations

What do Orlando facilities do when an abandoned unit does not sell at auction? They give it to charity! Several charities in Orlando, such as the Salvation Army and Goodwill, benefit from this practice.

Some also encourage those who have won auctions to leave behind items they don’t want from the lockers rather than throwing them away. Those old chairs that the buyer doesn’t care for can then get picked up by one of the local charities.

Military Benefits

Orlando is home to Naval Support Activity Orlando, and therefore self-storage companies offer discounts to members of the military. When you rent, remember to bring in your military ID.

Also, the rules for when a unit becomes delinquent are different for active duty military, especially when deployed. Florida’s lien law protects their units, per the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

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Storage FAQ's

  • 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.

  • 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 Orlando 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 Orlando 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.

  • 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.

  • Will I receive a monthly invoice?

    Most storage companies in Orlando only provide invoices upon request.

  • Can I rent climate-controlled spaces in Orlando?

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in Orlando due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 41.0 to 46.4, 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 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 Orlando to find out what security measures they take to protect your belongings.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In Orlando, there are 97 storage facilities, with a total of 122 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from 4' X 5' to 30' X 30'. Call one of your local facilities to have a representative find what size unit is best for you.

  • What access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 97 facilities to choose from in Orlando. Access hours range from 8 to 24 hours a day. Please contact your local facility for more specific information about your unit.

  • Do you have pest control?

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

  • 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 30' X 30' unit when you really need a 4' X 5' unit. Please reference our size guide for more information.

  • 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 Orlando vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 29.0 and 1299.0, but representatives can better assist you once they have the details of your storage needs.

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

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

  • 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 Orlando 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.

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Orlando, FL Military Storage

Naval Support Activity Orlando (NSA Orlando) is part of the city’s Central Florida Research Park, and is adjacent to the University of Central Florida (UCF). The research park also includes educational organizations, government buildings, and private companies in technology research.

The base has 120 active-duty military members, 2,200 civil service workers, plus 350 military family members and 3,200 joint service reserves. This article explores their self-storage needs.

How a Position at Naval Support Activity Orlando Affects Your Storage Needs

Here is some great news! Orlando has 148 facilities and a much lower population than you might expect, around 260,000. That means there are about 81,400 self-storage units, and explains why prices are much lower than in many other cities. For instance, you  should have little trouble finding a 5’x5’ for less than $30, a 5’x10’ for around $65, or a 10’x10’ for around $100. There are four major things to consider when finding the right unit: price, distance, climate control, and how often you’ll go to the unit. Ideally, you’ll find one with low prices near your new home. However, if you know you won’t be going to the unit often, and you have a car, you may save $20 or more per month by renting a unit a few miles away. Before your move to Orlando, write a list of what you’ll bring with you. That way, you can decide what will go into storage and what will go into your new accommodations. This will help you figure out the right size for your storage unit. You will almost certainly need climate control in Orlando! Summer daytime temperatures get into the 90s, winters the 70s, and there is frequent humidity. A climate-controlled unit will protect your belongings from mildew and worse. 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.

If You’re Deployed

When you’re in the military, either active duty or a reservist, you know there’s a possibility of getting deployed. Fortunately, Florida’s lien law protects a deployed military member’s storage unit from unfairly going to auction, per the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. We recommend setting up automatic payments before your deployment. However, many facilities will allow you to handle your account online from anywhere in the world, and often, family members will pay the monthly bill.

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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Orlando, FL University Storage

So, you want to attend college in Orlando? Well, who could blame you! This city is full of exciting places to visit, including the Walt Disney World Resort.

You Can Bring It With You

The largest university in Orlando is University of Central Florida with 13 colleges, 210 degree programs, and 61,000 students. If you’re in the 18% who live on campus, you’ll want a self-storage unit right away since dormitory units are notoriously small. If you live off-campus, you still may not have as much room as you did living with your parents. Fortunately, Orlando has 148 facilities and a much lower population than you might expect, around 260,000. That means there are about 81,400 self-storage units, and explains why prices are much lower than in many other cities. For instance, you  should have little trouble finding a 5’x5’ for less than $30, a 5’x10’ for around $65, or a 10’x10’ for around $100. Still, to find an ideal unit, there are several things to consider. Ideally, you’ll find one with low prices near your new home. However, if you know you won’t be going to the unit often, and you have a car, you may save $20 or more per month by renting a unit a few miles away. After you’ve enrolled in University of Central Florida or another Orlando university, make a list of all the things you plan to bring with you. Determine what you’ll keep in your new accommodations, and what you will put in storage. That will help you determine the size you will need. Most students won’t need anything bigger than a 5’x5’, but it’s important to make sure. Then, start looking for a good facility early so that when the time comes to move, you’ll be able to rent a locker immediately.

You Will Need Climate Control

Due to Orlando’s high and frequent humidity, climate control is necessary for most items. You’ll be happy to avoid the mold and mildew that humidity brings, which can affect everything from books to musical instruments.

Storage When Studying Abroad

While you’ll surely enjoy your time at university in Orlando, you may want to study abroad. For most, this means either keeping one’s belongings in one’s dorm or apartment, or putting them in self-storage. The problem with leaving your things where you live is that you never know who will be over to visit. You probably want to keep your possessions safe. For that, your best bet is self-storage. You might also want to sublet your room, if that’s acceptable where you live. That way, although you may have to pay more for storage, you won’t have to pay as much for rent. Just make sure that the person subletting will move out when you get back!

You Will Need More Space

Every quarter or semester you’re in college, you’ll acquire more possessions. This isn’t just part of attending a university, it’s part of preparing for life afterward. However, it’s unlikely your room space will grow much. Even if you don’t need a self-storage unit when you first move to Orlando, eventually, you likely will. So, keep what you’ve learned here in mind..

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Orlando, FL RV and Boat Storage

“The Beautiful City,” “The Theme Park Capital of the World,” these names and others describe an amazing place with warm weather and plenty to do. Of course, if you’re an RV owner, you no doubt love getting out of the city as well.

Orlando has 148 self-storage facilities, 40 RV of which have RV and boat storage. There’s much to consider when looking for a facility, so read on.

Consider 24 Hour Access

Going on vacation in an RV is different than any other traveling experience, in part, because you will probably leave early and get back extremely late, and have to access a storage facility to do so. You’ll leave before dawn to avoid commuter traffic, and arrive well past when most businesses have closed. So, one of your qualifications for an RV self-storage facility is that it should be open 24 hours. Even if you’re going somewhere local, like an RV park near Disney World for the week, 24 hour access might be critical to your plans as the parks often close at midnight.

Opting for a Flexible Lease

Going on an extended RV trip includes paying for a camping sites and possibly for extra amenities, going out to eat probably more than you do normally, and paying for attractions. If you can pay less or nothing at all for your storage space during that time, then take advantage of this. Ask if your facility offers flexible leases. Also, find out how you can manage your storage space and payments online, to make life easier while on the road. As a side note, many RV and boat storage facilities have a sewage station, can fill up your water before you go, and maybe more.

Why Security Matters in Orlando

The idea of parking your RV in front of your home is probably appealing, as you can check on it as often as you like. However, most areas don’t allow RV street parking (though driveway parking is usually fine.) Still, chances are, your second home will be safer in the right self-storage facility. Crime in Orlando is nearly twice what it is in the rest of Florida, which is already considerably higher than in the rest of the United States. So, it would behove you to make sure the self-storage facility you choose has solid security. You can find more crime data for Orlando on Neighborhood Scout. RV self-storage can range from an outdoor gated parking lot to a fully enclosed and locked unit. Learn more about storage security systems, then compare what different facilities offer. In the right facility, your RV should be perfectly safe.
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