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Storage Units in Memphis

Memphis, TN: Top Things to Know About Storage

The City of Extremes

Memphis can get a little crazy when it comes to the weather.  Although it has a humid subtropical climate and four distinct seasons, summer and winter can take their temperatures to the extreme.  Summer actually lasts for a pretty long time, and it can stay hot until late October.  The city experiences

The City of Extremes

Memphis can get a little crazy when it comes to the weather.  Although it has a humid subtropical climate and four distinct seasons, summer and winter can take their temperatures to the extreme.  Summer actually lasts for a pretty long time, and it can stay hot until late October.  The city experiences high humidity because of the moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, and afternoon and evening thunderstorms are frequent, but they only last about an hour.  Severe thunderstorms hit during the spring, and hail, strong winds, flooding, lightning, and tornadoes can accompany them.  During the winter, sporadic snow is common, along with ice storms and freezing rain.  These conditions can force tree branches to pull down on power lines, and if you add on the slippery roads due to black ice, driving can get pretty dangerous.  To top it all off, you also have to watch out for annual flooding of theMississippi River.  Rains in the north add water to the river, making the water flood into the cities that are close to it.  Memphis is one of the river’s prime targets because of its location.  However, this is most common from December to early June, and mainly occurs in April and May.

With all of these variables, how are you supposed to comfortably store your stuff at a facility?  First of all, don’t store your stuff in facilities close to the river.  The flooding can cause road closures that will inhibit your access to your belongings.  There’s also always a chance of water from the flood making its way to your storage unit.  Talk to your facility manager about what precautions he/she takes to protect your things from water damage.  Walls made out of brick and concrete, and walls with waterproof mortar are likely to save your belongings.  You should also get insurance on the belongings in your unit so that if water happens to get through, you’re not at a complete loss.  During summer months, the water, heat and humidity also attract a lot of bugs, so chances are you’ll open your unit only to find some unwanted visitors waiting for you.  Secondly, with temperatures ranging from below freezing in the winter to above 90 degrees in the summer, it’s hard to know when to store what.  To make your life easier, store your things in a climate controlled unit so you don’t have to worry about the changes in the weather affecting the condition of your belongings.

Africa Comes to Memphis

The residents of Memphis definitely take advantage of good weather when they can.  The city is always hopping with great events, so there’s never a chance that you will get bored.  There is a possibility of a shortage of storage units though.  How is that possible when there are 141 storage facilities available in the city?  Well, let’s take a look.

Every April, downtown Memphis hosts a three-day festival called the Africa in April Cultural Awareness Festival.  The festival focuses on a different country in Africa every year, and celebrates the art, history, culture, and diversity of the African diaspora.  It entails vibrant showcases of traditional and modern fashion, vendors’ markets, the blues, and an international diversity parade.  The three days are also filled with live music, activities, and native cuisine.

It’s a very lively event, but it also takes a lot of early preparation to set it up.  The hosts of the event, vendors, and performers need a place to keep their things before the event and for its duration.  Storage facilities in the area generally fill up with the electronics necessary for the event, booths and things that will be displayed in them, and materials for the activities that will take place.  If you’re looking to store your things in storage facilities in downtown, do it in the beginning of the year so you don’t run out of options.

Celebrating the World

May brings in an even bigger festival that lasts the whole month.  The Memphis in May International Festival takes place annually and celebrates the culture and traditions of a different country each time.  Each week of the month entails something different:  week one—Beale Street Music Festival, week two—international salute to a country, week three—a world championship barbecue cooking contest (the largest pork barbecue cooking contest in the world), and week four—Great American River Run.  The preparations for this festival begin in March, and an average of 900 volunteers and 1,500 hours go into getting everything ready.  Downtown Memphis can get very crowded in the months leading up to this festival.  The festival is also the cause of road closures and high traffic in the area, making it difficult to maneuver through the area.

If you’re looking to store your things in a storage facility downtown, we have some tips for you.  First, opt for a facility that allows you to have 24-hour access to your unit.  Downtown is home to a lot of events that take place throughout the year, so trying to plan around them to visit your storage unit can drive you crazy.  Traffic can also get very bad, with morning rush hour lasting from 6:30AM to 9:30AM, and evening rush hour from 3:30PM to 6:30PM.  To add to the mess, the I-240 is always undergoing some type of construction, so it’s common for there to be only one lane open during rush hour.  After taking all of this into consideration, our second recommendation is to avoid renting a unit in the heart of downtown.  Storage is supposed to make your life more convenient, so why rent a unit somewhere that’s going to complicate things?

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Storage FAQ's

  • 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.

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

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

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

    Storage companies in Memphis 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 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.

  • Can I rent climate-controlled spaces in Memphis?

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in Memphis due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 39.2 to 44.6, 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 access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 103 facilities to choose from in Memphis. 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 Memphis vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 19.0 and 999.0, but representatives can better assist you once they have the details of your storage needs.

  • Do you have pest control?

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

  • 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 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 accept deliveries for customers?

    Most storage facilities in Memphis 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 Memphis 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 40' X 50' unit when you really need a 5' X 5' unit. Please reference our size guide for more information.

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

  • 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 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.

  • Will I receive a monthly invoice?

    Most storage companies in Memphis 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 Memphis 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.

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In Memphis, there are 103 storage facilities, with a total of 74 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from 5' X 5' to 40' X 50'. Call one of your local facilities to have a representative find what size unit is best for you.

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