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Minneapolis, MN: Top Things to Know About Storage

Top Things to Know About Self Storage in Minneapolis

The Extreme Weather

Perhaps the first thing to know about self-storage in Minneapolis is that, due to the freezing (and we mean really, really freezing) winters and hot, humid summers, you will more than likely need a unit with climate control. In January, average temperatures are 24 degrees

Top Things to Know About Self Storage in Minneapolis

The Extreme Weather

Perhaps the first thing to know about self-storage in Minneapolis is that, due to the freezing (and we mean really, really freezing) winters and hot, humid summers, you will more than likely need a unit with climate control. In January, average temperatures are 24 degrees during the day, and 8 at night, and in the summer, 83 degrees during the day and 64 at night.

Fortunately, climate controlled storage is common in Minneapolis. Not only that, but you’ll be able to find facilities with 24 hour access, individual door alarms, and more.

Parades and Festivals

It seems that Minneapolis always has a parade or festival happening. In January, it’s the Winter Carnival, in February, the City of Lakes Loppet, in March, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and in April, events celebrating Earth Day. May has the In the Heart of the Beast Theatre May Day Parade, the Cinco De Mayo Fiesta, and Art-A-Whirl, and June, Grand Old Day, Juneteeth,The Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, and Twin Cities GLBT Pride Celebration, an event attended annually by half a million people.

That’s only the first half of the year!

That means two interesting things for Minneapolis. First, you’ll want to know about these festivals and if any are between you and your self-storage facility. If you need to go to it on a festival or parade day, it’s likely going to take longer to get there. Traffic will likely be heavy, and diverted from its normal route.

Second, all these festivals and parades need to store their goods somewhere! Self-storage facilities around the city, often very large units, are used to keep safe many of the floats, booths, and decorations.

Drive-Up Storage

The closer you can get to your self-storage unit (or at least to the building containing your unit), the better. Why? Because in Minneapolis, winters get so intense that the city actually has walkways over streets, between buildings, to keep people from freezing. The summers are so hot and humid that at least sometimes you’ll want to avoid going outside altogether as well. A drive-up unit, or parking spaces right by the door to your storage building, can ensure that you don’t have to be outside for long. When comparing facilities, keep this in mind.

Heated Loading Docs

Drive-up storage is great, but in the winter, do you know what makes it better? Yes, heated loading docks! When you find a facility with this feature, treasure it. You’ll drive into the facility, park on the dock, and be able to unload your vehicle without shivering during those months when everyone just wants to stay indoors.

A Competitive Market

The self-storage market in Minneapolis is quite competitive. While in some cities facilities will not haggle over prices, you can compare prices in Minneapolis, then find facilities that will match the lowest price you find. What a great way to find a unit near you and make sure you get a deal!

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Storage FAQ's

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

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

  • Will I receive a monthly invoice?

    Most storage companies in Minneapolis only provide invoices upon request.

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In Minneapolis, there are 55 storage facilities, with a total of 19 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from 2' X 5' to 10' X 26'. Call one of your local facilities to have a representative find what size unit is best for you.

  • 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 Minneapolis?

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in Minneapolis due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 33.8 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.

  • 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 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 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 pest control?

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

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

    Storage companies in Minneapolis 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.

  • 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 Minneapolis vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 58.0 and 293.0, but representatives can better assist you once they have the details of your storage needs.

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

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

  • What access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 55 facilities to choose from in Minneapolis. 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 26' unit when you really need a 2' X 5' unit. Please reference our size guide for more information.

  • 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 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.

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