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Storage Units in Boise

Boise, ID: Top Things to Know About Storage

Competing with College Kids…and the Weather?

When you are thinking of storing your stuff, we’re sure that the last thing that comes to mind is how college students will affect you and the things that you’re storing.  Boise has a strong university presence, which means that there are a lot of college students in the

Competing with College Kids…and the Weather?

When you are thinking of storing your stuff, we’re sure that the last thing that comes to mind is how college students will affect you and the things that you’re storing.  Boise has a strong university presence, which means that there are a lot of college students in the vicinity. Boise State University, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, and the University of Idaho are all in or around Boise.  That means that more than 35,000 students are constantly coming in and out of the area, and of course, taking up storage space.  College students generally need to store their things over the summer when they’re going back home, so be aware that storage units will be filling up quickly starting early May and will probably empty out around the end of August.  This can cause some space issues, especially if you’re in need of climate controlled units because of Boise’s hot summers.  However, students are much more likely to take over storage facilities that are closest to their campus, so if you’re not close to any of those schools, this may not be much of an issue for you.

Speaking of hot summers, let’s take a quick look at how Boise’s weather will impact your storage needs.  Boise’s summers are really hot, with temperatures going up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and its winters are very cold, with an average temperature of 25 degrees Fahrenheit.  It’s also very common for temperatures to get down to zero degrees!  This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that Boise is close to the Rockies.  You should not only consider climate controlled units for the summer but also for the winter.  In the summer you obviously want to avoid things developing mold or rust because of the heat.  In the winter, you would think that there shouldn’t be an issue.  However, if you’re storing things like wine in freezing temperatures, there’s a chance that those expensive bottles you have been collecting will explode from the cold.  The last thing you want to do the night before New Year’s Eve is sweep up frozen wine-infused shards of glass.

Local Events and Traffic Jams

Boise is actually a pretty mellow city—afterall, it is in Idaho.  However, there are some events you might want to look out for and possibly plan around so you don’t hit traffic on your way to your storage unit.  Starting in October, you’ll see NBA fans flock to the courts to watch their favorite team, Idaho Stampede, win some games.  They play at least once a week at the CenturyLink Arena, which is in the heart of Boise.  Before and after game time, the streets are packed, so you want to try to avoid going to your storage unit at that time unless you want to be sucked into the fan club.

In mid-April, when NBA season is over, Boise’s Farmers Markets start to open up every Saturday from 9AM-1PM.  Not only is it crowded in downtown around that time (like there isn’t enough traffic in downtown during the weekdays), but these vendors are also using storage units in the area to store their stalls so they do not have to carry them back and forth every week.

Aside from these events, traffic isn’t too bad outside of rush hour.  During rush hour, the majority of the traffic is eastbound on the interstate as people are going into Boise for work, and west out of Boise in the evenings.  If you strategize a little and plan your trips to your storage unit around a few of these things, you’ll save a lot more time and have a much more pleasant experience.  You also can, and probably should, opt for a storage facility that allows for 24 hour access so you can avoid all traffic whatsoever.

Military Members and Storage Safety

There are three major military bases within 40 miles of Boise, and two of them are actually less than ten miles away.  Talk about feeling safe in your own town.  Military members need a lot of storage space because they’re always on the go.  The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Idaho Army National Guard are both very close to Boise, and also very close to Victory Self Storage, which is about four miles away from the facilities.  Given that the bases are so close and they have a good amount of military members storing at their facility, be sure to take your ID card so you can get a discount.  They work with military members pretty often, so they will be able to help and accommodate you with any special needs you may have with your belongings.

Although the military is situated very close to Boise, it still has security concerns just like any other city.  Boise is safer than 30% of the cities in the U.S. and has about 4,511 annual property crimes.  It’s not a huge number, but given the size of the city, it kind of is.  Look around for storage facilities that offer a high level of security, which may include things like surveillance cameras, alarm systems, gated facilities, and on site managers—small things like this can add up pretty quickly.

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Storage FAQ's

  • 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.

  • 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 24' X 46' unit when you really need a 5' X 5' unit. Please reference our size guide for more information.

  • 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 accept deliveries for customers?

    Most storage facilities in Boise 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 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 Boise to find out what security measures they take to protect your belongings.

  • 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 Boise vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 27.0 and 556.0, but representatives can better assist you once they have the details of your storage 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 Boise 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.

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

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

  • Do you have pest control?

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

  • 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.

  • Can I rent climate-controlled spaces in Boise?

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in Boise due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 37.4 to 41.0, 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.

  • 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.

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

    Storage companies in Boise 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.

  • 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 Boise, there are 34 storage facilities, with a total of 51 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from 5' X 5' to 24' X 46'. Call one of your local facilities to have a representative find what size unit is best for you.

  • Will I receive a monthly invoice?

    Most storage companies in Boise only provide invoices upon request.

  • What access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 34 facilities to choose from in Boise. 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 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 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 Boise. See our resource guide for movers in Boise.

Boise, ID University StorageViewHide

Boise, ID University Storage

One of the hardest things that college students face (especially freshman) is leaving their things behind because their dorm rooms can’t accommodate the same amount of stuff that their cozy bedrooms at home can.  It’s bad enough that you have to leave your family and friends, but even Mr. Snuffles?  That’s just not fair.  Lucky for you, Boise has 57 storage facilities in the city, and many more in the surrounding area.  Each storage facility has something to offer, but let’s take a quick peek at what you should be looking for.

When Your Pile of Stuff Feels Bigger than the Rocky Mountains

If you’re going to college in Boise, chances are you’re attending Boise State University.  Boise State has 19,333 students who are enrolled in 170 different academic programs.  Some of these students are from abroad, some are from out of state, and some simply move to campus because the daily commute would be too long.  Whatever the reason, all of these students will bring more stuff than can fit on the 180 acre campus.  That’s where storage comes in. Idaho Self Storage is a great place to store your stuff, and it’s only 1.4 miles away from school.  If this facility fills up too quickly, you can also consider DJ’s Store-It-Yourself, which is a mere 2.9 miles away from school.  Lucky for you, both of these facilities are within walking distance to school (three miles is a bit of a stretch, but we all know you could use some more exercise to burn off that late night pizza).  Talk to your roommate about possibly sharing a storage unit if you don’t have enough things to fill a unit up on your own, but you have enough that you need some extra space.  Also be sure to ask facility managers about student discounts or back to school specials.  We all know you could use that extra cash to buy some more nutritious food.

You might also be confused about what you should be storing in your unit.  You’re obviously not going to be storing the books you’ll be using that semester (it’s not your locker!), but you can store books that you were using in the previous semester.  If you’re a part of any of the 200 campus clubs or the 20 varsity teams, you may have more things on your hands than books.  Think about what you would like to store, and if you’re confused, be sure to ask around for some ideas.  94% of students that go to Boise State commute, so you probably won’t have trouble finding a unit.  However, you never know what kind of things students might need to store close to the university.

Late Night, Romantic Strolls…to Your Storage Unit?

The average college student does not sleep before 2AM.  This nocturnal lifestyle generally means that they do things in the middle of the night that normal people do during the day.  If you decide that you need something from your storage unit in the middle of the night, chances are you’ll actually be able to get it because most storage facilities offer 24-hour access to your unit.  As great as this is, it can be kind of scary.  That’s why you need to be a little careful when choosing a facility, and security should be one of your top priorities.  Boise is a pretty safe city, but there are still 4,511 property crimes per year.  When you’re looking for a facility, check to see if it is well lit, has surveillance cameras, is a gated property, and possibly even has security guards.  Most storage facilities have these things nowadays so you shouldn’t be too worried, but you should definitely know what you’re signing up for when you sign that lease.  You will probably also consider storing your things there over the summer so you don’t have to move back home only to move out three months later.  If you know that the facility has good security, you can enjoy your summer without having to be worried about the safety of your things.

Boise’s Summers can Melt More than Your Ice Cream

Boise is known to have very hot summers.  If you’re leaving your belongings in a storage unit during the summer, you want to make sure that the heat won’t destroy its contents.  Students from a wide variety of majors need to store a wide variety of things.  If you’re an art major, you may need to store you sculptures or oil-based paintings.  If you’re in the science club, you may have some chemicals that are sensitive to temperature.  And if you don’t have any of these unique things, you may just need a place to store your bike that helps you get around campus and you don’t want it to turn into a pile of rusty metal.  To avoid any of these problems, consider storing in a climate controlled unit to avoid damage to your precious belongings and projects.  All of the money and energy that went into those things shouldn’t be wasted because you didn’t take the weather into consideration.

Boise, ID RV and Boat StorageViewHide

Boise, ID RV and Boat Storage

In today’s high tech, fast paced society, we all crave a vacation in the woods every now and then.  The best way to do this is to pack our bags, load up our RVs, and hit the road.  Boise is the capital of Idaho, and also its most populated city, which makes it a little hard to keep your RV or boat out on the street in front of your home.  As much as you love your RV, we know it’s not the only thing you want to see when you look out your window.  Consider putting it in self storage to keep it safe and out of your way.

Protecting Your Investment

Purchasing an RV or boat is no easy feat.  When you put so much into something like that, you should consider putting it in a self storage unit where you know it’ll be safe and secure at all times.  When your RV is parked in your neighborhood, it is susceptible to damage from the elements, being hit by a car, being stolen, and a number of other things.  Most storage facilities now have 24 surveillance cameras, extremely well lit facilities, locked gates around the grounds so that only tenants or employees can enter, and some even have managers that live on site or guards that patrol the facility.  If you want to take even more security precautions, you can also talk to a facility manager about units with alarm systems.  It’s not something that’s very common, but it’s definitely out there.  Consider some of these things when finding a place to store your vehicles, because with the high chance of damage to your property, rent for a storage unit is just a fraction of the cost you would spend on either replacing (yikes!) or repairing damage to your RV or boat.  Boise has an average of 4,511 average annual property crimes, so you don’t want to be the one adding to that number.

Location, Location, Location!

It doesn’t make sense to keep a boat in the heart of Boise; there’s not much you can do with it in the city.  Boise has some great RV parks, one of which is the Boise Riverside RV Park.  You can come to this park for an awesome getaway to enjoy Idaho’s nature, and it’s conveniently located on the Boise River so you can bring your boat too!  Instead of having to drive your RV through the city, sitting through all of that traffic, and spending insane amounts of money on gas for the long trip, why not store the vehicles at a storage facility located close to an RV park?  If you’re a fan of the Boise Riverside RV Park, or just like to go for a spin on your boat on the river, you should consider storing your things at Boise Lockaway Storage, which is only 1.4 miles away from the park.  This facility specializes in storing boats, RVs, and cars.

You might also want to consider finding a facility that allows for 24-hour access to your storage unit, especially if you’re a fan of fishing.  You don't want to show up to your storage facility at the crack of dawn to get your boat only to find out that they don’t open for another three hours.  It’s hard enough to plan a vacation with our busy lifestyles as it is, so you don’t want to have to miss out on a day of fishing for something you can plan around.

Leasing Options

Leases can be very tricky, and it’s hard to find something flexible enough for your needs, especially when you’re storing a seasonal item.  Peak RV and boat season is May through September, so you want to be able to lease a storage unit for months that don’t fall into that time period.  Storage facilities understand your needs, so most of them offer month-to-month leasing options.  This way you’re not forced to sign something long term and you still get the benefits of storing your vehicles.

Boise, ID Military StorageViewHide

Boise, ID Military Storage

When you sign up for the military, you know you’ll have to learn to become fearless, but no one warns you about having to learn how to pack light.  If you find that you still haven’t learned to do that, don’t worry.  Boise has 57 storage facilities to choose from where you can store your things.  You’ll be moving around a lot as a military member, whether it is for training, deployment, or any other mission you may be assigned to.  Thanks tothe storage industry, you won’t have to move your things around with you.

What do military people store?

Military bases are quite big, and often provide personnel with housing for themselves and for their family members.  However, the spaces of these housing units can be quite small, and it’s common for people to need a storage unit to put their things in.  Boise is home to a few military bases, including the Mountain Home Air Force Base, which has a population of over 3,200, and the Idaho Army National Guard, which has a population of 4,763.  Combined, that’s actually not too many people who need storage units, but these populations do not include people who come to the bases temporarily to train.   Try to find a unit at Magic Valley Storage, which is just 1.2 miles away from the Idaho Army National Guard, or Republic Storage, which is 11.4 miles away from the Mountain Home Air Force Base.  These facilities will accommodate a wide range of things that you may need to store, including medicine, basic household necessities (blankets, pillows, clothing, etc.), anything made out of wood or metal, and possibly even weapons (Not all facilities allow weapons so be sure to ask first!).  If you noticed, most of the things that we mentioned are sensitive to weather conditions.  Boise actually has some very hot summers, with temperatures generally in the 90s.  Despite the heat, you can store things like medicine, or even your expensive wine collection, because storage facilities offer climate controlled units.  You can leave your stuff in your units and not be worried about having to move it or check in on it periodically just because of the weather.  This would especially be hard to do if you’re taking part in a mission in a different state or country.

Benefits of using self storage

One of the most obvious benefits of using self storage is that it clears up space in your house for more important things.  But there are also a number of benefits that don’t come to mind immediately.  One big concern is safety, especially for military personnel because they leave home for long periods of time.  Most self storage facilities offer well lit grounds, surveillance cameras, and a gated area so that only tenants and employees can enter.  Some facilities even have units with their own alarm system, which takes the security to a whole different level.  This way, if you’re deployed to another country for months at a time, you don’t have to worry about the safety of your things and can focus on getting home in one piece.

Another great benefit is the option of having month-to-month leases.  If you had to break a lease for your storage unit every time you changed a base, you probably wouldn’t be able to afford a unit for too long.  Most facilities often recommend month-to-month leases, and active military members have the added benefit of not having to losing the contents of their unit to an auction if they default on a payment due to deployment.  If you have time to make sure you are paying your bills on time, you can opt for online bill pay so that you can take care of that from anywhere in the world.

Last but not least, a lot of storage units offer 24-hour access to your units.  Given the nature of military training, it’s very likely that you’ll need to go get your belongings at odd times of the day or night.  If you are able to go into your unit at any time of day, it’ll essentially be like having really big closet that you don’t have to deal with on a daily basis.

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Boise, ID 83704
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I just call I got the owners sister she was nothing but helpfull kind harted it is just to bad that at this time they have no storage at this time so that said she was so helpful looking up anything she could find for us so I have no bad words to say but for the comments that I read I don't like when people blame other people for there own problems if you mess up u cant blame anyone but yourself. And to the owners good job for how u where vary perfosnely people like that r just looking for a fight.

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Boise, ID 83705
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