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Las Vegas, NV: Top Things to Know About Storage

The State of Storage in Las Vegas

If you’ve seen a few of those “What Happens Here, Stays Here” ads, you might think that Vegas is a place where people bet life savings on poker, mingle with girls dressed all in feathers and slink out of smoky casinos into the punishing desert sunlight. But beneath all

The State of Storage in Las Vegas

If you’ve seen a few of those "What Happens Here, Stays Here" ads, you might think that Vegas is a place where people bet life savings on poker, mingle with girls dressed all in feathers and slink out of smoky casinos into the punishing desert sunlight. But beneath all of the glitz, glamor and drunk tourists ziplining over Fremont Street lies something even more unexpected: real people. And real people need storage units.

In the state of Nevada, there are 426 storage facilities. 249 of those are in the Las Vegas/Henderson/Paradise area (Fun fact: Paradise refers to the famous Strip which is technically its own unincorporated town and not even a part of Vegas). That means that if you’re a Silver State resident looking for storage, the best place to look is Las Vegas. The city has been ranked as the third most popular U-Haul destination for two years in a row, which explains the fact that storage unit occupancy increased by 2.8% in 2015. Luckily, despite the influx of new Las Vegans, many of whom are renting storage units, there’s still plenty of space for everyone and it’s still affordable. Want to know why?

Las Vegas is Surprisingly Cheap

You probably have a friend or distant relative who likes to tell you about the time they visited Vegas and lost it all on the slots, the buffets, the expensive taxis and overpriced booze. As a resident of Sin City, unless you’re logging in serious time gambling and you’re really bad at said gambling, you’re able to enjoy a low cost of living. This extends to the prices of storage units. Places like 24-7 Automated Storage have units for as low as $35 a month. Think of your search for a storage unit in Las Vegas as you would your search for an apartment. Either way, it’s a renter’s market thanks to wide availability and competitive rates. If you’re curious, the average cost of a one bedroom apartment in Las Vegas is $830 a month. If you look around, you’ll find places for under $300, but we recommend you stay away from them unless having your car stolen doesn’t bother you. On the other end of the spectrum, you’ll be shocked at the luxury high rises you can live in for just over $1000 and the three bedroom houses you’ll be able to rent or buy. The same goes for storage: If you’re willing to spend a little, you can get a lot. If you’re okay with forking out a little extra, you can have everything.

Storage Safety in Sin City

That brings us to our next point. Ask any real estate agent in Vegas how to figure out what’s a safe area to rent an apartment in, and they’ll tell you to look at a crime map of the area. We recommend you do the same thing when it comes to your storage unit (or rent a unit that’s close to your apartment that way you only have to consider the safety of one area). Most people will tell you that areas like Summerlin and most of Spring Valley are safe while anything east of Downtown can be a bit iffy. Other people will tell you that because Downtown is gentrifying as a result of the Downtown Project, the neighborhood and the areas around it are becoming safer. Want the truth? Las Vegas is a patchwork of good and bad neighborhoods and you don’t have to drive far to find yourself in either, so rather than taking anyone else’s advice on where to rent a storage unit, do your own research by driving around the area and visiting the property in person. Ask your potential facility manager about what kind of security measures are in place. These should include things like gates that actually keep intruders out, key coded access and surveillance cameras.

24 Hour Access in the Real City that Never Sleeps

Vegas is a 24 hour town. That means you can go grocery shopping after midnight, eat a steak dinner well before breakfast and hang out at nightclub until 9 a.m. Las Vegans know that a storage unit is another thing that should be available to you 24 hours a day. This is especially important if you consider the fact that so many members of the city’s job force are in the service industry. If you can make a decent martini, it’s possible to make six figures a year. If you’re considering a job waiting tables, valeting cars or being the guy who tells people whether or not they look good enough to come into the nightclub, you absolutely have to have a storage unit that fits your nocturnal schedule. If working all night means you have to sleep all day, we don’t think you should have to sacrifice precious zzz’s just so you can grab something out of your storage unit.

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Storage FAQ's

  • Can I rent climate-controlled spaces in Las Vegas?

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in Las Vegas due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 51.8 to 59.0, 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 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.

  • 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 40' X 60' unit when you really need a 4' X 4' unit. Please reference our size guide for more information.

  • 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.

  • Will I receive a monthly invoice?

    Most storage companies in Las Vegas only provide invoices upon request.

  • 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 Las Vegas 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 have pest control?

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

  • 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 Las Vegas. See our resource guide for movers in Las Vegas.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 194 facilities to choose from in Las Vegas. Access hours range from 8 to 24 hours a day. Please contact your local facility for more specific information about your unit.

  • 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 Las Vegas vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 20.0 and 800.0, but representatives can better assist you once they have the details of your storage needs.

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In Las Vegas, there are 194 storage facilities, with a total of 207 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from 4' X 4' to 40' X 60'. 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 Las Vegas 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 accept deliveries for customers?

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

Las Vegas, NV University StorageViewHide

Las Vegas, NV University Storage

Take a moment and try to picture what college life in Las Vegas looks like. You’re probably imagining all of the standard wild house parties, dorm room beer pong tournaments and pre-tailgating Kegs and Eggs breakfasts, only times a thousand. Fortunately or unfortunately (depending, of course, on how much you value theme parties and Keystone Light), the life of a university student in Sin City isn’t really that wild. Sure, there are parties, but no school in the city has ever been mentioned on one of those pivotal lists that rank the craziest party schools in the nation. And yes, Las Vegas is a place where you can stay at a nightclub until 4 am and then hit up an after party that’s open until long after the 9 to 5 world has begun work, but you can also get something else: an education. Las Vegas universities come in all shapes and sizes, and fortunately for you as a student storage renter, so do storage units. Whether you’re studying at a major university or a community college, here’s what you need to know about self storage for university students in Vegas:

Nobody Really Lives in the Dorms, But Storage Still Matters

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is home to 28,600 students, but it’s only really home to 7% of them. Other colleges, like College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College don’t even offer housing. Let’s think about what that means for you if you’re a student looking for a storage unit. Even at the the University of Nevada, there are still about 2,000 students living in small dorms, many of whom are from out of state and therefore don’t have families to store stuff with. Because the cost of living in Vegas is just above the national average, a student’s budget might still make living with multiple roommates a necessity as well as an opportunity for a fun, social environment. Whether you’re in the dorms or in an apartment, consider how much extra space you have and determine your storage needs according to that. Figure out what belongs in your closet and what belongs in your storage unit. For example, when you arrive for the start of your fall semester, the weather will still be very hot. If you’ve never worn a skimpy Halloween costume and not been freezing, get ready. Store winter stuff in the fall and once temperatures dip in November, take them out and replace them with the aforementioned skimpy Halloween costume and other skimpy clothing items (leave a few out of course; it’s still Vegas). Winters are surprisingly cold in Las Vegas, so using your storage unit as a closet to compensate for the small one in your dorm or apartment is a great idea.

Student Safety in Las Vegas

How safe is Vegas really? You can always check crime statistics, but every local knows that safety in Vegas depends entirely on which neighborhood you live in and of course, total randomness. If you’re attending Nevada State College in Henderson, you’ll be living in one of the safest places in the country. If you’re attending the University of Nevada and you’ve chosen to live close to the college itself, your neighborhood will be a little rougher around the edges. This is why it’s important to remember the importance of safety and security at a storage facility. Ask your facility manager about about security measures that are in place. These include things like gated access, security cameras, fences and actual on-site management. If your facility manager provides you with a lock, make sure it’s a good one. Sure, buying a better one is a minor annoyance, but it’s better than having a cheap lock get cut and losing some of your belongings. Besides considering the security of what’s inside your unit, consider your own safety when accessing your unit. If your schedule only allows you to visit your storage unit after dark (which actually happens pretty early in Las Vegas), look for a facility that’s well lit. You should also consider a facility with drive up access so that you’re close to your car if a sketchy situation warrants the need to make a getaway. If you don’t mind driving, consider renting a storage unit in a safer part of the city like the Spring Valley, which is still pretty centrally located.

Hot Town, Summer in the City

Las Vegas isn’t the hottest place on earth, but it’s pretty darn close. If summer break means leaving town whether it’s to go home to another state, backpack through Europe or just get as far away from the blistering heat as possible, don’t let the items in your storage unit get scorched. Some of the main factors that can cause damage to the contents inside of a storage unit include drastic temperatures, dust and humidity. While you won’t have to worry about that last one, you should pay special attention to the first two. The super hot temperatures can be hard on musical instruments, leather, wood or delicate pieces of clothing like anything made of lace. If you’re an art student storing paintings or photographs, you’ll also want to take extra steps to protect your items. Anyone storing electronics should as well. Consider climate control for these special items, or just take them with you and leave stuff like books, non-antique furniture and all of those boxes of t-shirts behind.

Las Vegas, NV Military StorageViewHide

Las Vegas, NV Military Storage

It’s easy to assume that the only military related activity in the Nevada desert involves little green men and top secret bases that may or may not be harboring alien lifeforms. However, if you’re a military member in Las Vegas, you’re not fooled by the Area 51 themed bars, restaurants, fireworks stores and brothels (yes, brothels). You know that Las Vegas is actually home to a lot of military men and women, and if you’re one of those men and women, you’re likely going to need somewhere to store your stuff while you call Sin City your home base.

Storage Near Creech Air Force Base

Way out on US-95 lies Creech Air Force Base. Yes, technically Creech is in Indian Springs, but less than 1,000 people call the town home, and most of them aren’t actually military. Most of the 3,000 people working at Creech prefer to live in Las Vegas, especially the northwestern part of the city which allows for an easy commute thanks to a round-trip shuttle system. Storage facilities follow a similar pattern. You’ll be hard pressed to find a storage unit in Indian Springs or along US-95 heading towards Creech, but luckily, there are plenty of options in northwestern Las Vegas. As it makes more sense to store your items closer to home than it does to work, this works to your advantage. A facility like Storage West Self Storage is a great option whether you’re living in Las Vegas or at Indian Springs. It’s in the northwest part of the city right off of US-95 and just 30 miles from the base. Another great option is A-Able Self Storage which is just 36 miles from the base. The wealth of storage options in this area and in the Las Vegas Valley as a whole mean plenty of space for all 3,000 people working at the base and everyone else in the community too. Remember, even if you do choose to live at Indian Springs, you’ll find that most homes are typically just big enough for small families, so self storage might still be something you want to keep in mind, even if it means renting a unit in Las Vegas. Pair the occasional visit to your storage unit with a fun Las Vegas activity and the commute will give you something to look forward to.

Storage Near Nellis Air Force Base

Besides being somewhat closer to civilization, the main difference between Nellis Air Force Base and Creech is the focus on training that takes place at Nellis. Working at either base, you’ll learn about how closely the two work together but also how different their operations can be. If you’re stationed at Nellis, your storage needs will be largely determined by your housing decision. If you’re in training, you’ll be living in one one of 12 dormitory style buildings where furnishings are sparse and rules for what you can have with you are pretty strict. If you know you’re going to be sticking around Las Vegas after training and will be transitioning into an apartment or house, opt for storage instead of selling your stuff for less than what it’s worth. You’ll save money. If you’re not required to live in the barracks, you’ll have the option of housing through Hunt Military Communities. One close storage option to this neighborhood is Great Value Storage. Even if you don’t need storage during your time at Hunt Military Communities, you might want to utilize it if you have to live in temporary housing while you wait for your home to become available. Temporary housing is available if a month’s notice is given and rooms are typically just big enough for families, but not much else. We suggest making this situation a little more comfortable by grabbing a storage unit, even if it’s just for a month. Luckily, month-to-month leases make this possible.

Storing Weapons

There are some pretty awesome shooting ranges in and around Las Vegas. If you’re new to the area and you’ve never experienced the great desert shooting ranges, you’re in for a treat. Clark County has some pretty relaxed gun laws. In fact, only the incorporated city of North Las Vegas prohibits transporting loaded guns by car (something to keep in mind since you’ll probably be passing through this area if you work at Nellis or Creech). As a military member, you already know to be on your best behavior when it comes to abiding by gun laws. When it comes to storing firearms, always make sure to ask your storage facility manager what his or her rules are. The facility manager will also be a great resource for helping you understand the effect that the Mojave Desert heat has on weapons and other valuable items.

Las Vegas, NV RV and Boat StorageViewHide

Las Vegas, NV RV and Boat Storage

Maybe the whole “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” thing is to blame, but Sin City just doesn’t get enough credit for being a great place to own a boat or RV. With so many nearby national parks, desert lakes and opportunities for epic road trips, Las Vegas really is the perfect base camp for adventure. If you’re a Las Vegan who’s fortunate enough to own an RV or boat, you’re going to need to figure out where to store it at some point (unless you’re living in it, in which case, we’re super jealous). There are more than 300 storage facilities in Las Vegas 65 of which offer RV and boat storage. Here’s how to avoid an RV or boat faux paux in Sin City and make self storage a breeze.

HOAs and High Rises

All of your friends might assume that you live inside Caesar’s Palace, but the reality of living in Las Vegas is more likely to involve a cul de sac than a casino. If you’re living in a planned community like Summerlin or Centennial Hills, you’re going to be dealing with HOA rules. While these can certainly help keep your neighborhood looking well groomed and beautiful, they can be incredibly restrictive for RV and boat owners. HOAs in Las Vegas typically prevent you from parking your RV and boat on the street or in your driveway. Some allow you to only park these vehicles during certain hours while others pretty much won’t even let you bring them anywhere near the community. In communities like Sun City, it’s occasionally possible to get a 72 hour pass which allows you to park your RV or boat in front of your house, but this isn’t something you should count on, and it certainly doesn’t help if you on the other 362 days of the year. If you’re moving into such a community, HOA rules apply to you even if you’re not a homeowner. This doesn’t mean you have to sell your RV or boat. Instead, put it in storage. It’ll still be accessible to you when you need it and it’ll be far from the watchful eyes of the HOA. If your Las Vegas living situation is pretty much the opposite of a planned community and you’ve chosen to live right in the heart of things, that might mean a high rise apartment either Downtown or on the Strip itself. We’re not going to even mention the fact that parking in Downtown Las Vegas is basically a joke. Your high rise apartment may have plenty of views but it most likely involves a parking garage with low clearance and parking restrictions. We don’t think that your decision to upgrade your life to a higher floor should result in ditching your RV or boat. Store it instead.

Snowbirds and Storage

Besides being an awesome destination for retirees, Las Vegas is also kind to another population known for seeking out warm weather: snowbirds. If you’re an RV owner looking for a great place to camp out all winter, Las Vegas is a great option thanks to year round sun and incredible RV parks like Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort which features 46 acres of palm trees, white sand beaches and lagoon style swimming pools or even the RV Park at Circus Circus which is fun just for the bizarre novelty of camping on Las Vegas Boulevard. If you spend a winter in your RV in Las Vegas and your summer plans involve heading somewhere without your big rig, we suggest seeking out storage as early as late April. Temperatures in Las Vegas start soaring in May, and if you don’t want to be around to find out what 120 degrees in an RV feels like (or what that energy bill looks like), we don’t blame you.

How Heat Affects RV and Boat Storage

That brings us to our next point. You probably already know how to protect your RV or boat against harsh winter temperatures in storage (and if you don’t, educate yourself). But what about the heat? It’s true that the winter cold is more of a hazard, but you shouldn’t disregard the potential harm that the Las Vegas heat can do to your beloved vehicle. RV and boat storage comes in all shapes and sizes, but when you’re picking out what’s best for you in Las Vegas, it’s important to consider a unit that offers shade as the sun’s rays can really do damage. Many facilities like Storage West, which has several locations across Las Vegas, offer covered storage for your RV or boat. If you’re storing a smaller vehicle, like an ATV, motorcycle or a classic car, you can all take advantage of their air-cooled storage. And remember, when it comes to storing any vehicle during a hot Las Vegas summer, it’s important to keep it as clean as possible (or at least give it one big thorough cleaning if you won’t be visiting your unit regularly) to avoid that desert dust getting baked on.
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