Storage Units in New York

New York, NY: Top Things to Know About Storage

The Weather

Across the United States, people are aware of New York’s intense snow storms as they often make the national news. During bad rain or snow, virtually no one goes to their self-storage units.

New York weather is relatively mild, yet humid, in the summer, and gets very cold and snowy in the winter. We recommend

The Weather

Across the United States, people are aware of New York’s intense snow storms as they often make the national news. During bad rain or snow, virtually no one goes to their self-storage units.

New York weather is relatively mild, yet humid, in the summer, and gets very cold and snowy in the winter. We recommend getting climate control at any time of year. However, some facilities use other measures to minimize the effects of weather on your items. Some open access doors and allow the breeze to go through the building, or warm up the entire property during the winter.

Getting Insurance

There’s one funny thing to look out for when getting insurance for your self-storage facility in New York. Sometimes, that insurance will cover only things that never happen in the area. For instance, flooding happens, and so do mouse infestations, from time to time. If you find a contract that will not cover them, but does cover tornados, which never happen in New York, steer clear.

Straightforward Facilities

Of course, not all facilities are like that. New Yorkers like things to be simple and to be able to take care of them quickly. They want to rent a self-storage unit with no extra charges, and most facilities provide that.

Some also have 24-hour access with a resident manager. For RV owners or people who keep odd hours, that is a huge benefit.

Get Off the Curb

New York does not allow trucks parked on the street, and much of the time when people bring their possessions to self-storage, it’s in a truck. Therefore, if this is how you get around, it’s essential to get a facility that allows you to drive your truck into the grounds for unloading. In any case, be aware of traffic regulations in this crowded city.

Who Uses Storage

Just as with anywhere, some people keep items in storage long-term because they have more items than will fit in their homes. Some swap out their summer and winter wardrobes and other seasonal items.

Often, people move from one small apartment to another in New York, and temporarily rent a unit as a place to keep their belongings. This practice can allow a person to move out of one place quickly, and move items into a new apartment at an easier pace.

Boats and RVs

In Long Island, more and more people want to store their RVs and boats, so facilities are working on adding appropriate spaces.

Funny Customer Practices

One facility manager shared an interesting story with us. A facility she worked in had a customer who did his religious rituals in his self-storage unit, leaving behind powder and grains that attracted pests. Clearly, this is not allowed. Other times, tenants will leave behind mattresses, either in their units or in the hallways, forgetting that they will incur extra charges for doing so.


Although New Yorkers like to get business done simply and quickly, they also like to haggle. They’ll often compare prices with other facilities and then try to wager a price. It’s important to understand that facilities set their prices at certain levels for good reasons. For example some facilities already have low prices because they don’t provide rubbage disposal. So, a company that does has to charge a bit more. Haggling generally won’t work.

However, some facilities, like Lockaway, want to make customers and even potential customers happy. One gives anyone who comes in to check out the facility a Dunkin Donuts gift card, and provides free freshly baked cookies, coffee, tea, and water to its tenants every day.

Charities and Unusual Uses

Some facilities go above and beyond for charities and will do things like fill out paperwork for a charity, with permission, to make their operations move more smoothly.

While you will have to look hard to find a facility that allows band practice, you may find some that allow things like working on a motorcycle, editing film, or testing lights and sounds for video production.

Even in everyday actions, New York charities interact with the community on a frequent basis. Everything is so close in New York that self-storage employees will head to a deli for lunch or shop nearby in their off-hours and talk about work with others.

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Storage FAQ's

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

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

  • 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 have pest control?

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

  • 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.

    that may answer some preliminary questions you may have.

  • 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 York. See our resource guide for movers in New York.

    for movers in New York.

  • Will I receive a monthly invoice?

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

  • 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.

  • 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 access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 64 facilities to choose from in New York. Access hours range from 8 to 24 hours a day. Please contact your local facility for more specific information about your unit.

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In New York, there are 64 storage facilities, with a total of 96 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from 5' X 5' to 15' X 20'. Call one of your local facilities to have a representative find what size unit is best for you.

  • 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 York 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.

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

    Storage companies in New York 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.

  • 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 15' X 20' unit when you really need a 5' X 5' unit. Please reference our size guide for more information.

    for more information.

  • 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 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 York vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 164.0 and 965.0, but representatives can better assist you once they have the details of your storage needs.

  • 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 accept deliveries for customers?

    Most storage facilities in New York 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.

  • 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 York 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.

    pages to get detailed and updated information.

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

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in New York due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 26.6 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.

  • 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.

New York, NY RV and Boat StorageViewHide

New York, NY RV and Boat Storage

New York, the Big Apple, the city so busy there’s always something to do and someplace to go. It’s also a city where fewer people than usual drive because of great public transportation, and where you won’t be able to park your RV in front of your home.

So, if you’re an RV owner and need a safe place to keep your second home, your ticket out of the New York rush for part of the year, you need a good self-storage facility. New York City has 65 self-storage facilities, 22 of which have RV and boat storage.

Consider 24 Hour Access

Going on vacation often means leaving your home very late or very early and coming home at unexpected hours. This is true whether you are taking a flight out of JFK or heading out in your RV. So, whenever possible, opt for an RV storage facility with 24 hour access. Even if you’re going somewhere local in state like Black Bear Campground or Eastern Long Island Kampground you may leave and return at odd hours when most businesses are closed, so plan accordingly.

Opting for a Flexible Lease

Extended vacations in your RV to enjoy a natural environment and a different city are fantastic. To save money, find out if any of your storage options have flexible leases. After all, while on vacation, you’ll need to pay for your camping space, you’ll visit attractions, and you may eat out more than usual. You probably don’t want to pay for the storage space you’re not using. A flexible lease can allow you to pay less for your storage space while you’re on vacation without having to get a new lease when you get back.

Why Security Matters in New York City

It may seem surprising, but New York rates at 25 on the crime index scale, which is reasonably safe. This is just slightly above the national average. So, you should feel comfortable putting your RV in a New York storage facility. However, you should always think about the different variables. Check out the neighborhood of the facility. The foremost consideration, however, is the facility’s security. Ideally, any given self-storage facility will have an alarm system, cameras, good lighting at night, and a secure gate. Also, RV self-storage can range from fully enclosed, locked units, to open parking lots. Our article storage security systems can help you recognize good security.

New York, NY Military Storage ViewHide

New York, NY Military Storage

When you join a branch of the military, you can expect to be relocated at some point. Chances are, during your career, you’ll change bases at least once. In addition to moving your family and yourself, you’ll have to move your possessions. You may have a two bedroom house on one base and a one bedroom at the next. That’s where self-storage can help.

Military Presence in New York

Fort Hamilton, located in southwest Brooklyn, is the last active military base in New York City. It is also nearly as old as the United States and was set up in the early 18th century to protect the coast from naval attack. From 1831 to WWII it was active in this role of protecting New York by sea. The base has about 260 active duty military, 425 family members, 925 civilian workers, and 720 in the National Guard and Army Reserve. In total, New York has more than 8.5 million residents.

Storage Needs in New York

Keep those numbers in mind when it comes to self-storage, because New York has 65 facilities. That means there are 37,550 storage units of various sizes. With so many people living in small homes in New York, it can be difficult to find storage, so before your transfer to Fort Hamilton, start looking for an appropriate unit. New York has a cold climate with a yearly high of 62 and freezing lows. Still, summers can get humid. For many items, you will want a unit with climate control.

Cost of Units in New York

The price of a storage unit in New York can vary greatly. You’ll find 5’x5’ units for as little as $36 to even higher than $98, and 10’x10’ units for as little as $125 and as high as $260. Besides the price, there are other factors to consider. These include the distance you live from the storage facility, how often you will go there, and what you plan to store in it. A cheap, nearby facility is usually the best option, especially in New York, where you may mostly travel by subway and walking around with large items can be a problem. Members of the armed forces should ask around about military discounts. Some self-storage companies offer discounts to members of the military and may even charge less if you’re deployed to another country. Just remember to bring your military ID with you when you rent.

If You’re Deployed

Another reality of military life is deployment overseas, and you could be away from New Yorkfor months or even years. You might even be in a place where it’s difficult to access the Internet, and you can get so busy that you forget a few payments on ?your self-storage unit. Usually when a tenant misses several storage payments, and the facility has sent the tenant proper notification with no payments forthcoming, the facility can auction off the unit. This is covered under New York’s lien laws. We recommend setting up automatic payments before your deployment. Not only will this avoid the possible loss of your valuables, the military requires its members to pay all bills or face docked paychecks and other measures. On the other hand, the military recognizes these difficulties and that’s the reason for the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. This act makes sure that military personnel renting storage get fair treatment and makes it much more difficult for a facility to put your unit up for auction. A Fort Bragg soldier fought and won a case when his unit was illegally auctioned off.

On Storing Guns

Most self-storage facilities do not allow tenants to keep firearms in their self-storage lockers, and none allow ammo storage. Since guns are also not allowed in the barracks though, and possibly not in your on-base home, you may need a place to store your recreational firearms, so ask your local facilities before you settle on one. The article Storing Your Firearms: Safe Options for Gun Storage on the Storage Front website has plenty of helpful tips, including alternative places to store your firearms.

New York, NY University StorageViewHide

New York, NY University Storage

You’re going to university in the Big Apple, capital of the world! This is an exciting time, and your life is about to get a lot more interesting. Let us take you back down to Earth for a few minutes though to help you figure out one important thing: your self-storage needs.

Bring What You Need, And Want

One big question when moving to college is how much should you bring. Some come with the bare minimum of things, and others want to move an entire lifetime of possessions. However, dorm rooms are small, and in New York, apartments can be as well. It’s important to consider various factors. New York has four highly-populated universities. Columbia University has around 30,000 students, New York University has about 40,000 The New School teaches around 10,000, and City University of New York (CUNY) and State University of New York (SUNY) combined have a whopping 500,000 students. Manhattan Island has 65 self-storage facilities, which means around 35,750 individual storage units of varying sizes. New York City has about 8.5 million residents, many with small apartments and who need self-storage. Once you’ve been accepted to one of these, or any of the other schools of education in New York City, you’ll need to determine if you will need storage or not. Make a list of everything you’ll bring with you. Decide what you’ll keep in your dorm or apartment, and what you’ll keep in storage. By doing this, you can figure out if you need storage at all, and if you do, what size storage locker will be appropriate.

Storage When Studying Abroad

While studying in New York, you may want to study abroad. Maybe you’re studying a foreign language or culture, or want to learn from a specific, prestigious school overseas. Studying abroad is a valuable opportunity! The trick is figuring out what to do with your stuff. You could keep your stuff in your apartment or dorm room, where strangers may have access to it, or you can keep it safe in self-storage. If you have enough room in your current unit, then great! Put your household items there and get them out when you come back. If not, many facilities make moving into a different sized unit easy, so you could go to a larger size before your trip, and back to a smaller size when you get back. Today, much if not all of that process can be done online without even having to visit the office. ?You can also manage your payments over the Internet from anywhere in the world. To save money on rent, and not lose your apartment, consider subletting your room. Just make sure that the person paying your rent will be able to leave when you get home.

You’ll Probably Need Climate Control

New York has mild summers and freezing winters. Though not terribly hot, summers in New York can get humid. Humid and cold, dry weather can both greatly affect your possessions. Paper can dry out. Musical instruments can warp. In short, it would behove you to get a unit with climate control.

Think You Won’t Need More Space?

We all go through life accumulating things. Some people don’t throw anything away, while others keep just what they need, but most of us fall somewhere in between. However, after college, you’re sure to have more possessions worth keeping than when you went in. During your college years, you’ll likely need self-storage at some point. Keep in mind what you’ve learned here to help you save money and protect your valuables.
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