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Storage Units in New Orleans

New Orleans, LA: Top Things to Know About Storage

Dangerous Weather

New Orleans has a humid subtropical climate, meaning short and mild winters and hot and humid summers.  The city is definitely not a dry place, especially during the summer.  Humidity is accompanied by rain, creating high dew points throughout the summer months.  If you’re looking to put your things in a storage unit any

Dangerous Weather

New Orleans has a humid subtropical climate, meaning short and mild winters and hot and humid summers.  The city is definitely not a dry place, especially during the summer.  Humidity is accompanied by rain, creating high dew points throughout the summer months.  If you’re looking to put your things in a storage unit any time between May and September, make sure you find a facility that has climate controlled units.  You want to be careful about storing objects that are made out of wood or metal, furniture, antiques, artwork, and books, because the heat and humidity can cause a lot of damage to your belongings.  You should also try to find a facility that has covered loading and unloading zones so you can access your storage unit without getting drenched in the summer rains.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, New Orleans is also the nation’s most vulnerable city to hurricanes.  New Orleans has a low elevation, is surrounded by water from the north, south, and east, and has a sinking coast.  Hurricanes bring very strong winds and can cause severe flooding, which have wreaked havoc throughout the whole city in the past (Hurricane Katrina).  The city has been left devastated more than once, so when you’re looking for a storage facility, ask the manager what precautions he/she took to ensure the safety of his/her tenants’ belongings.  Surprisingly there were some facilities that were able to ensure that there was no damage done to them.

Beads and Beer

Mardi Gras is an all-consuming and much awaited event that takes place at beginning of each year.  In preparation for the event, parades begin in January and continue through the first week of February.  The parades consist of marching bands and floats that are constructed in the city.  They proceed through the French Quarter, Westbank, Uptown New Orleans, and various other places in the area. People from all over the nation fly in to attend and experience the fun.  The festival is also filled with a bunch of food vendors and alcohol.  Anyone who has attended Mardi Gras can get a feel for all of the crazy preparation that goes into throwing the event at the end of February, which obviously means a huge need for storage space.  First of all, they need to store the thousands of beads that are being thrown around, so count at least a few storage units for that.  Then they have tons of alcohol that needs to be kept nearby for the duration of the event.  This means that you can consider the climate controlled units in the area to be booked at the beginning of the year.  Also, the floats need to be stored somewhere, so what better place than a nearby storage facility?  So the larger units are booked as well.  As you can see, storage facilities are very busy in the beginning of the year because the hosts and vendors of Mardi Gras need that extra space.  You should also be wary of road closures that take place for the parades and festival.  There are actually a lot of them, and you can expect there to be high traffic the days of the parades and the festival.  Be sure to plan your visit to your storage unit accordingly!

The French Quarter

Another festival that takes places in the French Quarter is the French Quarter Festival.  This is a four day event that is filled with more than 300 hours of entertainment, and more than 400 musical performances that take place on the 23 stages set up throughout the streets.  The performances are accompanied by multiple food vendors and attended by thousands of guests.  The hosts of this event definitely need to store their equipment nearby in order to prepare for the event.  Storage facilities are bound to be packed, and so are the streets.  There are multiple road closures that come with this event, and tons of traffic, so be sure to find your way around it or avoid going to your storage unit during these days.

Jazz

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival takes place at the end of April and is a ten day event.  Jazz enthusiasts from around the world attend this event, with an average of 460,000 fans gathering over the course of the festival.  The festival entails non-stop music, a showcase of arts and crafts, and more than 60 food booths.  Again there is a definite need for storage in the area that will inhibit your access to your unit.

There are tons of events that take place in New Orleans throughout the year, but the biggest ones are concentrated more so in the beginning of the year.  The hosts of these events need a lot of storage space, but the need is generally pretty temporary so you can easily plan around them.  As for a way to avoid traffic, try to store in a facility that allows for 24 hour access to your unit so that you can easily get to your stuff if you need it during any of these festivals.  A little bit of research can save you a lot of time (And road rage!).

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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.

  • Can I rent climate-controlled spaces in New Orleans?

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in New Orleans due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 35.6 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.

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

  • What access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 44 facilities to choose from in New Orleans. Access hours range from 8 to 24 hours a day. Please contact your local facility for more specific information about your unit.

  • 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 30' 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 New Orleans. See our resource guide for movers in New Orleans.

  • 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.

  • Do you have pest control?

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

  • 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 New Orleans vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 62.0 and 279.0, but representatives can better assist you once they have the details of your storage needs.

  • 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 New Orleans 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 I receive a monthly invoice?

    Most storage companies in New Orleans only provide invoices upon request.

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

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

  • 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 New Orleans 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 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.

  • 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.

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In New Orleans, there are 44 storage facilities, with a total of 28 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from 5' X 5' to 10' X 30'. 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 New Orleans 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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