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Storage Units in Detroit

Detroit, MI: Top Things to Know About Storage

Events that Attract a Crowd

Detroit is a city that has a lot to offer year round. . ?As amazing as the city’s events are, they may cause some trouble by creating massive traffic near your storage facility. ?First off, there’s a definite increase in traffic in downtown during football season. Ford Field Stadium, the

Events that Attract a Crowd

Detroit is a city that has a lot to offer year round. . ?As amazing as the city’s events are, they may cause some trouble by creating massive traffic near your storage facility. ?First off, there’s a definite increase in traffic in downtown during football season. Ford Field Stadium, the home of the Detroit Lions, lies in the heart of Detroit. ?If you’re looking to get to a storage unit in downtown or near the stadium, keep in mind that getting to your unit in the months between September and February can be tough, especially on Monday and Thursday evenings and Sundays. ?During these months, we suggest either storing things you won’t need during the winter, or storing away from downtown.

Another huge event that could limit access to your storage unit is the biggest flea market in Detroit. Hazel Park Raceway hosts the flea market during July, August, and September. ?It’s a yearly event and 10,000 vendors attend, so you might want to steer clear of storage units in the area, or book way ahead of time so you’re not scrambling to find a unit in the summer. ?But not to worry, there are 22 facilities in Detroit, and lots more in its surrounding areas. ?Be sure to check out the calendar of events in the city so you’re aware of all of the other music festivals, career fairs, and concerts held in Detroit.

It’s Getting Hot in Here

Welcome to the city of extremes, where the summers are extremely humid, and the winters will turn you into a popsicle. ?Detroit’s humid climate it caused by its proximity to the Great Lakes. ?Although these lakes are beautiful, by association, they are the cause for your need of climate controlled storage units. ?Luckily, most storage facilities in Detroit offer climate controlled units. ?In fact, 100% of the storage units in 1-800-Self Storage’s Plymouth facility are climate controlled, so you shouldn’t have a problem storing items there during the summer. ?There’s also ease in storing during the winter. ?It’s very common for temperatures to not rise above freezing for about 45 days out of the year, and there’s an average of 42.5 inches of snowfall per season, which turns a leisurely trip to your storage facility into a challenge of how many layers of sweaters you can put on and still be able to be flexible enough to pick up things from your storage facility. ?The people of Detroit feel your pain, especially storage facility managers. ?To make your trip to your unit more comfortable, storage facilities now have heated loading and unloading zones. ?You can have this warm accommodation included in the price of your unit, making the experience pleasant, and much more bearable.

The Odd Couple

Detroit has a very strong university and military presence. ?Just in the main Detroit area, there are eight colleges and universities, and many more in the surrounding area. Wayne State University is in the heart of Detroit, and it alone has 25,619 students, 380 academic programs, and 400 student organizations. ?That’s a lot of possible needs for storage from only one population of people! ?Students generally need storage more during the summer months because they’re going home for the summer, so chances are that starting in May, storage facilities around you will be filling up pretty quickly.

Detroit is also home to the Detroit Arsenal Army Base, which is home to 245 military members and 8,403 civilians. ?That population pretty much adds up to a small town if you ask us. ?Given that military personnel and their families are on the go very often, it’s common for them to use storage facilities, especially the ones closest to their base. ?This base is actually very close to the main downtown area, meaning that it adds more people to the storage unit renter population. ?This shouldn’t affect your storage needs too much, just don't be startled if you see army men walking up the street while you’re unloading your belongings into your storage unit. ?It’s actually pretty comforting to see them, especially if you’re going to your storage unit at 2AM. ?If you’re opting for a unit with 24-hour access, you might as well get one near a military base so you feel safe in the dead of night.

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Storage FAQ's

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In Detroit, there are 7 storage facilities, with a total of 0 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from N/A to N/A. 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 Detroit only provide invoices upon request.

  • 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 N/A unit when you really need a N/A unit. Please reference our size guide for more information.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Can I rent climate-controlled spaces in Detroit?

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in Detroit due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 32.72 to 39.2, 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.

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

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

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

    Storage companies in Detroit 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 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 Detroit 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 Detroit 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.

  • 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 access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 7 facilities to choose from in Detroit. Access hours range from 8 to 24 hours a day. Please contact your local facility for more specific information about your unit.

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

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

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

  • 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 pest control?

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

Detroit, MI RV and Boat StorageViewHide

Detroit, MI RV and Boat Storage

Do you feel like every time you want a quick getaway in the woods you end up planning and packing for days? ?Do you end up paying a fortune on gas because you’re driving your RV back and forth through Detroit’s traffic and the campgrounds? ?Is your RV or boat known as the neighborhood monstrosity? ?We all know that the small neighborhoods and towns of Detroit make it difficult to keep such large vehicles in your front yard. ?If these are challenges that you deal with constantly, we have two words for you: ?self storage.

Free for All (No, Not Literally)

Trying to pack for a camping trip can be a long and rigorous process. ?You need water, firewood, tents, plates, napkins, etc. ?The list goes on and on! ?Instead of having to gather all of these things every time you are planning a trip, consider putting these things in a self storage facility next to your favorite campground or RV park. Detroit Greenfield RV Park and Haas Lake Park are some amazing places for quick weekend getaways. ?There are storage facilities conveniently located in the immediate vicinity of these parks. U-Lock-It Self Storage is a great storage facility in which you can store your goods, and they even have RV, boat and vehicle storage. ?This way you can drop by the facility on your way to the campgrounds, pick up your stuff and the RV, and drop off your car. ?You won’t have to worry about your soap, condiments, or even your wine being spoiled because of the option of climate controlled units, nor will you have to be there at a certain time due to having 24-hour access to your unit. ?Let’s be real here, no one likes having time restrictions while on vacation.

Security, Surveillance, and Night Vision Goggles

Okay, so no storage facility actually has night vision goggles, but it would be cool if they did! ?We know how important your RV/boat is to you, and we also know that it cost you a fortune to acquire it. ?In order to keep the love of your life safe, you might want to consider a storage facility with strict security. ?A lot of storage facilities have 24-hour surveillance cameras, but you might want to try to find a place that actually has foot patrol as well. ?Other things you may want to consider are: ?well lit facilities, facilities with alarms on individual units, and on-site managers. ?Detroit is known to have a ridiculously high crime rate, so be sure to take measures that will prevent you or your things from becoming a target.

Selling your Soul to the Devil

Don’t you feel like that every time you sign a contract or any lease agreement? ?Lucky for you, storage facilities don’t leave you with that ominous feeling. ?You may or may not want to keep your RV or boat in a storage facility all year, so you need to have a flexible lease. ?You don’t want to have to be paying for storing your RV or boat during the summer while you’re actually using it. ?That’s four months that your unit is likely to be empty. ?Most storage facilities offer month-to month leases so you don’t have to worry about paying for a space year round. ?If you’re new to all of this, storage managers are generally very happy to help you choose a facility or a unit. ?Also, ask around for facilities that offer seasonal discounts, and be sure to carry around your AAA card for any discounts you can get with that! ?With the money you save on those discounts, you can probably save up for another month to store your things.

Detroit, MI University StorageViewHide

Detroit, MI University Storage

Starting at a university is hard enough without having to worry about cleaning out your room, figuring out what kind of things you’ll need to take to school, and fear of leaving precious things behind because you don’t want your dorm room to be too full of stuff. ?Consider putting your stuff in a self storage facility near your university so you’re not “that guy” or “that girl”…you know, the one who no one wants to room with because you keep trying to fit your skis in your 115 square foot dorm room.

Too Many People, Too Little Space

The University of Michigan is one of four major universities in and around Detroit. ?They have 43,651 students enrolled, and 97% of first year students live on campus. ?Although it’s a large university, it definitely does not have enough space to accommodate the storage needs of all of its inhabitants. ?What complicates things (in a good way) even more is the fact that there are students from 114 countries attending the university. ?With the plethora of international students and the fact that the vast majority of the student body lives on or around campus, there’s bound to be a need for local storage units. ?International students don’t have the luxury of going home on the weekends to grab something they may need for school during the week, so they need to bring everything they will and might need so they don’t spend a fortune on buying things that they could have just brought from back home. ?Instead, that money can be used to rent a storage unit. ?Luckily there are some storage facilities nearby so you won’t have to go too far. ?For starters, students attending the University of Michigan can look into Inn Storage, which is generous enough to have specials for students and is only 1.5 miles away from the university. ?That way you can live comfortably and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to do it! ?Not to mention, your walk to and from your storage unit will help you keep off the infamous freshman fifteen.

Your Major or Student Organization May Require More Than Your Time

Michigan has a plethora of colleges and universities that are nationally known for the brilliant minds they shape. ?It’s a hotbed for aspiring doctors and medical researchers, as well as for the tech savvy. ??They’re also have strong programs for those interested in a more creative degree. ?With such a wide variety of majors to choose from, you’re sure to have a need for some extra space. ?If you’re an art major, you may need storage space for your sculptures, pottery, canvases, paint sets, etc. Even if your classes don’t require you to have room to place big, yet beautiful, objects in your room, you may be a part of a club or sport that may require you to do so. ??You can generally find storage units of multiple sizes so you’re only paying for what you need. ?If you’re a little confused about what to store or how to store it, take a look at these helpful tips on storage.

Bonjour, Monsieur

If you know what that means, chances are you did a study abroad program in France... or Canada. ?Let’s stick with France since it’s more exotic and not a country that Michigan shares a border with. ?Enrolling in a study abroad program can be a bit tricky because you don’t want to pay rent for your apartment for the semester you’re gone, but you also don’t want to be constantly moving your things (in essence, living the gypsy life). ?A cheaper and much more convenient alternative is to put your things in a storage unit. ?Most storage facilities offer month-to-month leases so you don’t have to worry about being tied into a long lease. ?If you end up being away for a long time, you should also consider storing in a climate-controlled unit so you don’t have to worry about the weather impacting electronics, wooden furniture, or other weather-sensitive items you may have stored. ?Luckily for Detroit, humidity isn’t much of a problem so there’s not much of a danger of mold. ?But honestly, it’s better to be safe than sorry when storing valuable items. ?Given that there are 16 storage facilities in Detroit (and more in the surrounding suburbs), we’re sure that you’ll find a facility that has everything you’re looking for in a unit.

Detroit, MI Military StorageViewHide

Detroit, MI Military Storage

When you enlist in the military, you know you’re not exactly signing up for the most stable lifestyle. ?Chances are you’ll be moved from one base to another, and will often be deployed internationally for different missions. ?On average, active military personnel must move every two years. ?When you have to move frequently, it’s important to know how to pack light, and remember the important role a storage unit could play in simplifying your life. ?So where exactly does storage come in? ?Let’s take a quick look.

Why not Keep Your Things with You?

If you’re a military member stationed in Michigan, chances are you’re at the Selfridge ANGB Air Force Base. ?Given that the base is 640 acres, you would think that you’d have enough room to store your things. ?But with 1,000 full-time personnel and 2,000 family members living on the base, and only 633 family housing units and 160 unaccompanied personnel spaces to accommodate them, you know you’ll need more room to store your stuff. ?A lot of times, sizes of the housing units on different bases don’t match up. ?You may be in one place where you can easily keep all of your furniture and personal things at home, whereas in another, you may not even have room for your couch. ?It’s always best to scout out nearby storage facilities so if you have to make that sudden move, you know exactly where to go. ?There are 16 storage facilities in Detroit and the surrounding area. ?Mt. Clemens Mini Storage is particularly close to the base; it’s only six miles away! ?Storage facilities like Mt. Clemens can help you decide what to store, how to most efficiently store your things, and where to store them. ?Most facilities offer climate controlled units for those who need it for long-term use, as well as indoor and outdoor storage units. ?At Mt. Clemens, you can also find units of various sizes.

Up in Arms

Detroit is awesome, but it does have a tragic flaw—its high crime rate. ?Detroit’s average annual property crimes amount to about 33,000 per year, making it safer than only 2% of the cities in the U.S. ?Military members can obviously defend themselves, but they can’t always keep an eye on their property and belongings, especially if they’re deployed. ?Luckily, storage facilities take a high degree of security measures and provide surveillance. ?The average storage facility is gated, has security cameras with 24-hour surveillance, and provides passcode-protected security systems to ensure that your belongings are guarded. ?So how do you know if that’s enough security? ?There’s a lot of information on what kind of security considerations you should have when picking a storage facility. ?Do some research on the facility you’re planning to use. ?A few minutes of your time is a small price to pay to protect your things.

Being Shipped Off to War?

When you’re about to go to battle, you don’t want to be worried about breaching a leasing contract or trying to make payments on time. ?Thankfully, the storage industry understands your circumstances. ?Not only do they generally have special rates for active military personnel, they also have flexible lease options. ?Generally when a tenant defaults on payments for his/her storage unit, the facility manager has the right to auction off the contents of the unit. ?This is not the case for active military members, especially if they have been deployed. ?Your items will remain just as you had left them and you can make up the payments as soon as you get back. ?They can’t punish you for serving the country, right? Another thing to keep in mind when leaving for an unpredictable amount of time is storing your car. ?It’s common for storage facilities to have outdoor and indoor storage for vehicles, but given the high likelihood of snowstorms in Michigan, we would suggest storing your car in an indoor storage unit to avoid long-term damage. ?You don’t want to come back from a long mission only to see your car buried in snow.
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