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Storage Units in Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH: Top Things to Know About Storage

A Time for Wine Lovers

Cincinnati hosts multiple events throughout the year that keep the city, and storage facilities, very busy.  One major event that takes place in the heart of the city is the Cincinnati International Wine Festival.  This festival takes place in the first week of March and is a three-day event.  Winemakers from

A Time for Wine Lovers

Cincinnati hosts multiple events throughout the year that keep the city, and storage facilities, very busy.  One major event that takes place in the heart of the city is the Cincinnati International Wine Festival.  This festival takes place in the first week of March and is a three-day event.  Winemakers from all around the world come to give us a taste of their wine, and they are joined by guests that come from afar as well.  The festival has multiple events, including winery dinners, in which different wines are served with food made by the finest chefs in the area.  During these dinners, you will learn a lot about the wine that you’re drinking.  They also have silent and live auctions in which limited-release bottles, winemaker-signed bottles, and rare wines are sold.  To further increase your knowledge about wine, and to have more opportunities to taste some, sign up for wine cellar tours as well.  All in all, you will be exposed to more than 700 wines from over 100 wineries!

So what exactly does this have to do with self storage?  Well, given how massive this event is, the vendors that are flying in for the event, and the vendors in the area, need to place their wine in storage facilities in the area where the event will take place to have easy access to it.  Storing wine can actually be kind of tricky in Cincinnati because of high humidity.  First of all, consider all of the climate controlled units in the area to be taken before the beginning of March because wine definitely cannot survive the heat and humidity in the area.  Although March is not the hottest month of the year, humidity is very prevalent year round in Cincinnati.  Next, be sure to read up on how best to store wine if you’re not planning to store it in a facility that specializes in wine storage.  However, given how experienced storage facilities have become over the years in storing wine during this festival, most managers are probably very familiar with the tricks of the trade so don’t be shy to ask.

Bring on the Beer

Wine is not the only thing that takes over Cincinnati at the beginning of March. Bockfest, Cincinnati’s Bock Beer Festival also takes place in downtown and begins on the first full weekend of March.  It starts off with a parade on Friday night, and leads into a weekend full of live entertainment, food, historic walking tours, beer tastings, a 5K run, and tons and tons of bock beer.  You probably aren’t surprised to hear that storage facilities will be filled with beer by the end of February in order to prepare for this event.  You’ll also have trouble with finding bigger units because floats and other things used for the parade, and stages and electronic equipment used to set up for the live music performances will fill up facilities before you know it.  Also be wary of road closures and traffic caused by them for this weekend, especially for the parade and the 5K run.  Make sure you plan your storage needs and trips to your unit accordingly.  If you’re attending this event, do it because you want to, not because you got stuck in traffic on your way to your storage unit.

Celebrating the Irish

Another major event in March is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  This is only a one day event that takes place in downtown the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day.  The parade is made up of floats, marching bands, pipers, and step dancers, which again means a need for storage units.  If you’re planning to put away your snow gear during March, consider delaying it for some time so you don’t get caught up in all of the events and the traffic and road closures that come with them.  The nice thing is that these events are heavily concentrated in the beginning of the year, so you know exactly when your storage usage will be affected.

Traffic and How to Avoid It

Unfortunately, traffic is one of those horrible things in life that you can never avoid, no matter where you live.  Lucky for you, traffic in Cincinnati isn’t too bad.  Rush hour lasts from 7AM to 9AM and 4PM to 6:30PM.  Compared to other major cities, that’s a joke.  However, Cincinnati does make it to #33 on the top 50 list for America’s worst commutes.  If you want to save yourself, and the people surrounding you, from a whole lot of road rage, avoid the I-75 northbound.  This freeway has crazy traffic, especially on the five mile stretch between US-72/Exit 4 through Paddock Rd/Exit 9.  The highway has been under construction since 2008 in an effort to widen it to decrease traffic, but the prolonged construction has had the opposite effect.  If you just look out for these areas, getting around Cincinnati shouldn’t be a problem.  Either way, you should opt for a storage unit that allows for 24 hour access so you can get to your unit whenever you would like.

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Storage FAQ's

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

  • Do you accept deliveries for customers?

    Most storage facilities in Cincinnati 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 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.

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

    Storage companies in Cincinnati 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 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 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 Cincinnati vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 89.0 and 162.0, but representatives can better assist you once they have the details of your storage needs.

  • 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.

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

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

  • Do you have pest control?

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

  • 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 Cincinnati?

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

  • 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.

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In Cincinnati, there are 62 storage facilities, with a total of 19 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.

  • 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.

  • What access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 62 facilities to choose from in Cincinnati. Access hours range from 8 to 24 hours a day. Please contact your local facility for more specific information about your unit.

  • 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 Cincinnati 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.

  • Will I receive a monthly invoice?

    Most storage companies in Cincinnati only provide invoices upon request.

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

  • 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.

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