Storage Units in San Antonio

San Antonio, TX: Top Things to Know About Storage

San Antonio Storage Lets You Rock Like Austin

So you’ve heard about this little place called Austin. It’s where musicians, both talented and deluded, mingle with girls who have tattoos. Yes, it’s home to incredible music festivals, venues and a steady stream of dreamers who just might be the next big thing. But guess what? San

San Antonio Storage Lets You Rock Like Austin

So you’ve heard about this little place called Austin. It’s where musicians, both talented and deluded, mingle with girls who have tattoos. Yes, it’s home to incredible music festivals, venues and a steady stream of dreamers who just might be the next big thing. But guess what? San Antonio is a great music destination too. And if you’re a Texas musician, self storage can play a surprising role in your journey to stardom. The Bandera location of Lockaway Storage is currently building an entire section of their facility that will allow bands to practice in storage units. As a bonus, these unique tenants can leave their instruments and other equipment in the unit when they’re not practicing, that way they’re not constantly hauling it back and forth or having it take up valuable space in an apartment. The facility will even feature a lounge where musicians can relax in between sets and meet like-minded local talent. A storage facility isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think about locations for scouting out a new bassist, but it just might be the best one. Keep in mind that plenty of other facilities across town allow storage units to be rented for this purpose, but Lockaway’s Bandera location will be the first to really cater to musicians. Think of it as that cool garage you’ve always dreamed of starting your band in, only for rent rather than at your parents’ house.

Storage You Can Afford

Hooray! San Antonio is cheap to live in. That means that you can actually afford a storage unit. This is one of the often overlooked reasons why people who don’t have storage don’t even bother seeking it out. In San Antonio, the average cost of a one bedroom apartment is $875 a month and the unemployment rate is low (and getting lower). Storage unit prices are low too. It’s not uncommon to find one for under $50 a month. One word of caution though: San Antonio is the fastest growing city out of the 10 biggest cities in the country, and as the prices in Austin keep going up (it currently takes an estimated 111 hours of work a week to afford a two bedroom apartment in the capital), it won’t be long before the rest of Texas starts two-stepping down to San Antonio. If you’re planning on sticking around for a while, we recommend locking in a low rate on a storage unit just like you would your apartment.

Remember the Alamo (And the Lack of Storage Space Near It)

San Antonio is home to more than a million people, but it somehow feels like a small town. Maybe it’s because of the low population density which leaves acres for everybody, or maybe it’s because in San Antonio you can always find someone friendly who wants to share some of the city’s famed margaritas with you. Margaritas are great, but we’re going to go with the former. This means that the 218 storage facilities in San Antonio are pretty spread out. That’s great news if you like to move around a lot or your commute to and from work takes you all over town. When searching for a facility, you can plan on finding one in just about any part of San Antonio with one glaring exception: Downtown. The area the gives the Alamo City its name is famous for the River Walk and of course The Alamo itself. It’s beautiful and historical and as you might imagine, history buffs aren’t so big on allowing business development. Factor in the traffic, lack of parking and narrow streets and we’re not sure you’d even want to find storage Downtown anyway. If you’re not sure where to rent a unit and you’re searching for space Downtown because you assume it’s centrally located (it’s not), opt for storage near where you live instead. Companies with multiple facilities in town will happily help you transfer to another one of their properties if you ever decide to move.

The Humidity Factor

In dry, mild cities, if someone is trying to sell you on an upgrade to climate controlled storage, you might be getting ripped off. This is not the case in San Antonio, where the only thing more powerful than the heat is the humidity. Temperatures vary from 40 degrees (not super common) to 100 degrees (unfortunately a little more common). There’s no dry season, but there is humidity all year round which means that the air can often feel thick and damp. If just the thought of this makes you want to crank up the AC, think about how the stuff in your storage unit feels. Letting valuables sit in a hot storage unit when there’s moisture in the air is a recipe for disaster if you’re storing antiques, art or anything temperature sensitive. One of the most vulnerable items is your photo collection. Leave your photos in a storage unit in San Antonio that’s not climate controlled and you can expect them to transform from precious memories into one big melted together mess.

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Storage FAQ's

  • 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.

  • Will I receive a monthly invoice?

    Most storage companies in San Antonio only provide invoices upon request.

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In San Antonio, there are 223 storage facilities, with a total of 556 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from 3' X 4' to 15' X 80'. Call one of your local facilities to have a representative find what size unit is best for you.

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

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

  • 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 San Antonio 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.

  • 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 access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 223 facilities to choose from in San Antonio. Access hours range from 8 to 24 hours a day. Please contact your local facility for more specific information about your unit.

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

    Storage companies in San Antonio 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 San Antonio 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 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 San Antonio?

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in San Antonio due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 41.0 to 48.2, 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.

  • 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 80' unit when you really need a 3' X 4' unit. Please reference our size guide for more information.

  • 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 San Antonio vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 29.0 and 1100.0, but representatives can better assist you once they have the details of your storage needs.

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

  • 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 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 San Antonio. See our resource guide for movers in San Antonio.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 have pest control?

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

San Antonio, TX RV and Boat StorageViewHide

San Antonio RV and Boat Storage

Howdy, and welcome to Texas. With tons of campgrounds, it’s an RV lover’s dream. And nothing’s more Lone Star State than San Antonio. If you ascribe to the belief that everything’s bigger in Texas, then chances are your RV or boat is going to follow suit. While RVs and boats are a great way to experience the state’s mountains and coastline, they can end up causing some problems once vacation is over and it’s time to head back to the city. Whether you can’t park it in front of where you live or you just don’t want to, we’ve got you covered on what you need to know about RV and boat storage in San Antonio.

It’s Tough to Find

We’re not telling you it’s impossible to store your RV, boat or car in San Antonio. There are more than 200 storage facilities in town, so there have got to be a few solid places to store that extra vehicle, right? Less than a quarter of those facilities offer this type of storage. While you can certainly count on paying for a long term parking spot in the city, this is less than ideal as it's the most expensive option. If you tend to use your RV or boat seasonally (as in traveling all summer in your RV and returning to San Antonio in the winter), you’re probably thinking of only paying for a storage space during the time in which it’ll actually be occupied. This totally makes sense, but it’s actually not the best course of action in San Antonio. We chatted with several facilities and they all agreed that it’s actually not a bad idea to rent an RV or boat storage space year round even if you’re only using it half the time. Because of the sparse availability of this type of storage and the Texas-sized popularity of RVing and boating, if you can grab a storage spot at a great rate, you’ll most likely end up saving money as a result because you’ll never be forced to pay for expensive parking. Not to mention, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’ve got a place to park your RV or boat. We think that’s something that makes every vacation even more relaxing.

San Antonio Weather and Storage

Living in San Antonio, you know that all of those Californians who complain about the heat where they live are just plain wrong. There’s nothing quite like that Texas humidity. You already know that finding an RV or boat storage space is a challenge. Finding one that’s covered? Even harder (and even more expensive). This means that if you’re keeping your vehicle in storage, it’s most likely not going to be the type that offers a lot of protection from the elements. Don’t think that you can’t store your RV or boat as a result of this. Just plan on giving it a little extra love. If you’ve ever winterized your RV or boat, you’re going to apply a lot of the same basic ideas when it comes to preparing for the humidity, heat and rain (San Antonio gets 31 inches a year). Make sure your RV or boat is clean both inside and out and remove anything that’s temperature sensitive. Don’t forget to look in your RV’s fridge! The biggest threat to your RV or boat is going to be the humidity, as moisture is a destructive force that can cause mold, rotting and, for lack of a better term, ickiness. Keep things sealed to prevent wet air from getting in and place baking soda around the inside of your vehicle to absorb any moisture. If you can remove cushions and store them at your home or inside a climate controlled storage unit, this will help too.

Security and RV and Boat Storage

Because most storage units in San Antonio for RVs, boats and cars are more like parking spaces than enclosed garages, you’ll want to pay extra special attention to the type of security that your facility of choice offers. Facilities like Alamo Mini Storage utilize cameras 24 hours a day. This is a great thing to look for, so in addition to asking your facility manager about features like this, pay attention when you walk around the property yourself. Do you actually see cameras and if so, is there one pointing at your storage spot? Is the property well lit? What about fences? A storage facility’s fences shouldn’t be easy to get around, and neither should the gate that’s used to access the property. Look for facilities that offer key coded access. Some even offer individual codes rather than one general code that’s used by everyone and can hypothetically be used by former tenants if it hasn’t been changed. Other features to look for include good locks, a staff that walks the property often and security alarms. Bottom line? When it comes to keeping your RV or boat safe in storage, there’s no such thing as being overly cautious.

San Antonio, TX Military StorageViewHide

San Antonio, TX Military Storage

San Antonio is often referred to as “Military City, USA” or “Mother in Law of the Army,” and man, is it ever. The total military population in the area is 1,990,675 and that encompasses active duty, reservists and veterans from Joint Base San Antonio and the surrounding area. While more than 200 storage facilities in San Antonio sounds like a lot, it’s easy to understand why some military members unfortunately find themselves scrambling for space when you consider that 200 facilities only means about 110,000 individual storage units. Remember though, there are plenty of housing, educational and social opportunities on base, but San Antonio’s reasonable cost of living and lively downtown make living in the city a definite option, so not everyone is necessarily going to be looking for storage near the base. If you’re relocating to San Antonio to work at the base, you’ve already got enough to figure out. Read our advice on military storage in San Antonio and cross one thing off your list.

Storage Near the Base

So we’ve already talked about what’s available and who’s using it, but let’s get a few more crucial pieces of information out of the way. Where you should you store? If you’re in the barracks for training or in privatized military housing (available through Lincoln Military Housing, Balfour Beatty Communities and Hunt Military Communities), you’re going to be looking for storage near the base itself. The advantage to this is that many facilities, like Lockaway Storage-Rittiman (less than 10 minutes from the base) offer 10% military discounts and are familiar with the specific storage needs of military members and their families. Another nearby option is Uncle Bob's Self Storage (just a five minute drive from the base). This facility rents trucks which is a huge help for military members moving from temporary housing into privatized housing. In fact, most storage facilities near the base typically see military renters in this situation more than any other. This means that while it’s true that a high volume of military storage renters are using facilities near the base, they’re not necessarily staying in their units for long periods of time. That’s good news for you if your ideal size unit (5x10 and 10x10 are the most popular) isn’t available, as it likely will be soon. You might be stuck keeping all of your stuff in your car or in your hotel room for a short period of time, but that won’t be the case forever.

Storage and Deployment

As a military member, the base has all kinds of things in place to support you and your family while you’re serving overseas. Don’t you think your storage facility should do the same? Luckily, lien laws affect military members a little differently than they do civilians. Sometimes, even if you trust in online bill pay or you ask someone you know to make sure you storage unit rent gets paid, things go wrong. Your facility manager will make every attempt to contact you if this happens, but if you’re in a war zone, he’ll probably have a pretty tough time doing so. Don’t despair; these laws exist to prevent your stuff from getting auctioned off. One word of caution though: The military doesn’t like to see members defaulting on rent payments of any kind, so while you should be in the clear as with your storage facility, you might still have some explaining to do to your superiors. We recommend looking for specials that allow you to pay for several months in advance, setting up auto pay, or simply taking the time to talk to your facility manager before your deployment begins to make sure he knows how military lien laws work (he should) and to discuss how to prevent your rent from accidentally going unpaid.

Military Storage and RV/Boat Storage

We know, we know; thinking about one type of storage is enough. But hear us out. As a military member in San Antonio, you’re privy to some pretty sweet perks. One such perk is access to military only RV parks like Joint Base San Antonio Canyon Lake Recreation Park. It’s just an hour away from the base and it’s open year round. Because it’s situated on scenic Canyon Lake, it’s a great place to bring your boat and get out on the water. If you like camping, you can bring your RV and stay the weekend. Find RV/boat storage in San Antonio and your relocation to Texas won’t require you to sacrifice your favorite hobby. If it sounds crazy to you to have one storage unit for your belongings and one for your RV or boat, keep in mind that the cost of living in San Antonio is below the national average and if you’re moving from almost any other city, you’re going to be surprised by how much extra money you have left over after paying your bills. That means that you can afford storage and enjoy some extra breathing room as a result. Yep, even in the barracks.

San Antonio, TX University StorageViewHide

San Antonio, TX University Storage

We’ll let you in on a little secret: San Antonio is poised to become one of the coolest cities in the country. It’s one of the fastest growing major cities around but it’s also an insanely cheap place to rent an apartment, buy a home and yep, you guessed it, find a storage unit. With a booming job market, ultra-low cost of living and picturesque Texas setting, San Antonio might be the one college town where you don’t have to live like a broke college student. Here’s the lowdown on university storage in the Alamo City:

Storage is Cheap, and College Specials Make it Even Cheaper

With more than 200 storage facilities in San Antonio, it’s easy for everyone to find the space they need. Two of San Antonio’s biggest colleges are The University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Together, their enrollment is about 35,000. Even if you factor in other smaller schools, there are still more than 110,000 individual storage units available throughout the city. However, as a student, don’t forget that you’ll be competing for space with the rest of the city too, so be sure to reserve your unit as early as you can. Once you’ve figured out what you need to store, you can figure out what size unit is best for you. The most popular sizes in San Antonio are 5x5 and 10x10. Odds are, as a student you won’t need much space, so these will be the sizes you’ll be looking at. The good news is, they’re affordable. The bad news is, they’re in demand. You can solve both problems by looking for student specials. Several San Antonio facilities offer specials like three months (aka summer break) at one flat rate that can include things like packing supplies and a lock. Another way to save even more money is by sharing a storage unit with a friend. Just make sure it’s a friend who knows how to pay rent.

Campus Housing and Storage

If you’re attending  St. Mary's University, you’ll be required to live in the dorms as a freshman. This is an awesome way to make friends, but it also means tight quarters and limited closet space. If you’re someone who dreams of rolling into campus with an epic fall wardrobe (and a winter one, and a spring one, and a summer one) this is basically a nightmare. But don’t despair. Consider using your storage unit like an extra closet. Store at a place like Alamo Mini Storage that’s just a five minute drive or half hour walk away and you can access your storage unit almost as easily as you can your actual closet. And remember, when the time comes for you to move out of the dorms and into an apartment, choosing a facility that rents out moving trucks will help make the move as painless as possible because it’s much, much easier to rent a truck from a business you’re already familiar with and already going to be utilizing on moving day than to add something new into the mix. If you’re a student at Texas A&M, you’re probably already living in an apartment as housing is still being built and won’t be available until 2017. There’s a chance you might catch a glimpse of the school’s Spanish Mission style architecture and start longing for the day when you can live on campus. Temporary storage for San Antonians in situations like this is one of the most common reasons for storage and can really help you out when you’re in a pinch.

Summer Break and Storage

We’d give this advice to anyone seeking storage in San Antonio, but to college students, it’s especially important: You probably need climate control. If you’re leaving San Antonio for summer vacation, you don’t want to subject the contents of your storage unit to the heat and humidity. The heat isn’t a huge deal on its own, but the humidity sure is. Any time you’ve got moisture entering a storage unit, you’ve got a problem. Items like posters, photos and all of those other paper based dorm decorations you totally shouldn’t have to plan on replacing can melt together. Items like books and clothing can be susceptible to mold. It’s okay if the words “climate controlled storage unit” sound foreign to you. Every good facility manager knows their importance and will likely discuss this option with you as soon as you even mention summer vacation.
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