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Storage Units in Sacramento

Sacramento, CA: Top Things to Know About Storage

The Essentials

You can use StorageFront to search 188 facilities and counting. With so many options, there’s something for everyone. A lot of other Californians might unfavorably compare Sacramento to cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, but we in the storage industry are thankful that Sacramento does its own thing. Those 188 storage

The Essentials

You can use StorageFront to search 188 facilities and counting. With so many options, there’s something for everyone. A lot of other Californians might unfavorably compare Sacramento to cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, but we in the storage industry are thankful that Sacramento does its own thing. Those 188 storage facilities offer an estimated 103,400 individual units which is plenty of space for a population of 485,199. You know what else is awesome about the cost of living and the cost of storage in Sactown (Sorry, but we’ll never get used to calling it that.)? For the price of a tiny studio apartment and a tiny storage unit in San Francisco you can live and store like a king in Sacramento. Rental prices on apartments in Sacramento may be above the national average, but they’re well below the California average. Storage unit prices in Sacramento are at or below the national average. In Sacramento a one bedroom apartment will run you a little over $1,000 a month and a 5x5 unit will cost you around $50 a month (but you can find them for as cheap as $25 a month). Compare that to a $2,000 a month apartment and an $87 5x5 unit in Los Angeles and a $3,000 a month apartment and a $121 5x5 unit in San Francisco and it’s easy to see why living and storing in Sacramento is easy. You can afford a bigger apartment and you can afford storage.

Urban Wine Storage in Urban Wine Country

Forget about Napa and Sonoma. Sacramento has its own wine scene and it’s a lot less pretentious. There are a wealth of wine bars inside the city where you can trade your after work beer for a super classy glass of pinot noir. If a trip to Frasinetti Winery, the oldest vineyard in town, or Scribner Bend Vineyards on the Sacramento River has inspired you to start your own collection, you apartment complex’s lack of old timey wine cellar might leave something to be desired as far as wine storage goes. Fortunately, many storage facilities in Sacramento offer wine storage. When storing your wine, make sure that you choose a unit that’s cool and sheltered from direct sunlight. Storage units are inherently free from direct sunlight, so you don’t have to sweat that last one. It’s the temperature component you’ll want to consider. Wine shouldn’t be stored in an environment above 70 degrees unless you want it to taste pretty weird at your next dinner party. Climate-controlled storage solves this issue pretty nicely. Just make sure you’re storing at a place that understands the complexity of wine storage. Blasting air conditioning isn’t the solution as colder air isn’t great for wine either. Anything below 55 degrees is probably too cold, though wine experts will have varying opinions on how different temperatures affect different types of wine. Also make sure when storing wine that you don’t stack boxes too high as jostling (Pesky earthquakes!) and glass generally don’t pair as well as chianti and pasta.

Don’t Listen to the Summertime Haters

Because of Sacramento’s location, it’s hot. We won’t bore you with the long, scientific explanation, but basically the mountains prevent most of that cool coastal air from reaching the city. Any kind of breeze that does make it is heated up and trapped in the valley. Hence, it’s hot. But how hot is it, really? Over 70 days a year see temps of over 90, about 14 of which are over 100. The long summer days peak in July at about 14 hours of sunlight a day, which is great news for anyone who just invested in a new pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers, but bad news for anyone looking for a break from those sizzling rays. The city’s massive urban forest (there are more than 450 types of trees) does a great job of keeping you cool, but what about the items in your storage unit? If you’re storing year round, you’ll want to choose a unit with climate control in order to prevent damage to items that are susceptible to the effects of heat. This typically includes electronics and furniture made of leather and antique wood.

Awesomeness in Either Direction and 24 Hour Storage

Drive east of Sacramento and you’ll be at the incredible Lake Tahoe where you can ski all winter, float your boat on the iconic bright blue water all summer and practice your poker face at nearby Nevada casinos. Drive west of the city and you can explore the Pacific coastline. If you’re someone who utilizes storage on a weekly basis or you’re storing an RV, boat or vehicle that you use for these California adventures, consider choosing a facility that’s open 24 hours a day so that access to to your storage unit doesn’t cramp your style.

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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.

  • What access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 94 facilities to choose from in Sacramento. Access hours range from 8 to 24 hours a day. Please contact your local facility for more specific information about your unit.

  • 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.

  • 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 Sacramento 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 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 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 Sacramento vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 1.0 and 1955.0, 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.

  • Can I rent climate-controlled spaces in Sacramento?

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in Sacramento due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 42.8 to 46.4, 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 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 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 Sacramento to find out what security measures they take to protect your belongings.

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

  • Do you have pest control?

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

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

    Storage companies in Sacramento 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 20' X 57' unit when you really need a 3' X 6' unit. Please reference our size guide for more 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.

  • 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 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 accept deliveries for customers?

    Most storage facilities in Sacramento 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.

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

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

  • Will I receive a monthly invoice?

    Most storage companies in Sacramento only provide invoices upon request.

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In Sacramento, there are 94 storage facilities, with a total of 218 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from 3' X 6' to 20' X 57'. Call one of your local facilities to have a representative find what size unit is best for you.

Sacramento, CA RV and Boat StorageViewHide

Sacramento, CA RV and Boat Storage

There are a lot of advantages to owning an RV in Sactown (you’ll get used to the nickname). As far as major cities go, it’s pretty RV friendly. The streets are reasonably wide and the highways aren’t as jam packed as a certain southern California city that won’t be mentioned (cough, Los Angeles). Best of all? There are quite a few RV park choices that are actually within city limits. If you’re a veteran RV owner, you know how rare this is in California cities. If you’re a rookie, you’ll learn. One thing you’ll have to address at some point is where you’re going to keep your RV (or boat, or extra vehicle) when it’s not in use. We recommend one of the many facilities that offer RV and boat storage Sacramento. Here’s what you need to know before you store.

What to Expect When You’re Storing

You’ve seen a regular storage unit before, but what does an RV storage unit even look like? RV, boat and vehicle storage comes in a few different shapes and sizes and offers various features and amenities depending on your needs and your budget. This is one of the more expensive types of storage, but even if you’re trying to keep costs to a minimum, there’s probably still an option that suits you. Many facilities that don’t even advertise this type of storage still offer it in the form of allowing you to park your vehicle somewhere on the perimeter of their property. This type of storage is uncovered and is always the cheapest option. A step up from that will offer you an actual spot in a parking lot on property amongst other RVs, boats and cars. This is also typically uncovered and relatively affordable. Some facilities offer a covered variation on this where there’s either a roof over your car or a roof and coverage on three sides of your vehicle (picture an open garage). The highest level of storage is essentially your own private little garage with climate control and an individual door alarm. This is not only the most expensive but also the hardest to come by. In Sacramento, it’s a great idea to store at a facility that’s familiar with RV and boat storage. A place like the StoragePro location on 21st Street offers various parking spaces to suit the size of your RV. Rates tend to stay well under $150 a month and spots are typically available. Trust us, reasonable rates and availability are practically fairy tale concepts in most cities, so if you can find a facility with both, you’ve struck gold.

Do You Need Special Insurance?

Here’s another great advantage to storing your RV or boat: You typically don’t need special insurance. If you’re storing items in a regular storage unit, you can choose to get storage insurance on your own or you can store at a place like National Self Storage that offers it through the facility itself. In the case of your RV, boat or car, your auto insurance policy should cover it just fine. The only thing you’ll want to do before putting your vehicle in storage is to take the time to review your policy and see what it does and doesn’t cover. Some policies don’t cover natural disasters. The odds of something like that affecting your vehicle in storage are pretty slim but it’s worth addressing.

Security

This brings us to our next point: security. If you rent at a facility with sub-par security, you might as well be parking in front of your own home in terms of protection. The first thing you’ll want to think about when choosing a facility is the neighborhood you’re renting in. RV and boat storage isn’t as readily available as traditional storage in Sacramento or in most cities, so it’s likely that you’ll end up renting a unit in a part of town you’re not super familiar with. Sacramento’s crime rate fluctuates by neighborhood but overall there are 16,863 property crimes annually. Storing your RV or boat at a facility with gated access and a fence in place to keep out unwanted intruders prevents the risk of damage occurring to your vehicle. Other features to look for include on-site management, 24 hour security cameras and most importantly, a staff that knows what’s going on at all times.

Sacramento, CA University StorageViewHide

Sacramento, CA University Storage

For a college town that you can live in on a college budget, Sacramento just might be the finest option in California. While you won’t find a huge selection of public and private schools, you will have access to a couple of four year universities as well as a wide range of community colleges in the area to choose from. Add in affordable apartments, a historic waterfront, and an up and coming culinary scene and you’ll be surprised at how perfect the state capital can be for a student. Another thing that’s perfect in Sacramento is storage on a student budget. Believe us, it can be done. Let’s show you how.

New to Storage?

If you’re a traditional college student, the only storage you’ve probably been using is in your parents’ basement. Thankfully, even though college is kind of sort of (but at the same time not really) about being an adult, storage isn’t that complicated. In Sacramento, you can search almost 200 storage facilities through us. We make it easy by allowing you to search by which features you want and how far away from campus you’re willing to rent. And then the facility makes it easy for you by offering flexible leasing options so that signing a lease on a storage unit isn’t very much like signing a lease on an apartment. Storage unit leases typically go month-to-month so that if you end up needing your storage unit for longer or you end up deciding that the extra expense is dipping too far into your pizza and cheap beer budget, you can change the situation. Look for discounts for students and summer specials. Many facilities will allow you to pay a low price up front for the whole summer so that you don’t have to think about paying a monthly bill while you’re backpacking through Europe.

What to Store (And What Not to Store)

There’s probably a very slim chance that you have a surplus of extra alcohol hanging around at the end of the semester, but if you do (or if you’re studying wine and you’re starting a collection), it’s important to find out whether or not your facility allows you to store it and what you should do to store liquor safely. Obviously if you’re under 21, don’t store booze in a storage unit. If you’re of age and your facility allows this, look for a climate controlled unit and stack boxes carefully so that if in the event that something like a mild earthquake occurs, you won’t be returning to a storage unit full of broken glass and tequila. Sacramento isn’t known for being wine country, but it actually does have its share of nearby vineyards, so keep a lookout for facilities that offer wine storage if this is something you want to store. Never, ever store perishable items like food and don’t store explosives. We’re not sure why you would have something like fireworks in your dorm room in the first place, but if you’ve been smuggling them under your bed all year, don’t put them in your storage unit as the combination of summer heat and combustible items is a pyrotechnical display you do not want to see. It’s also wise to avoid storing anything that’s extremely valuable (like expensive jewelry) but we know that all of your possessions have value to you, so make sure you choose a facility that offers excellent security.

Make Sure You and Your Stuff Are Safe

That brings us to our next point. Security. Your campus has security measures in place. Shouldn’t your storage facility? This is important not only for the safety of your items in storage but for your own safety, especially if you’ve chosen a facility that offers ?24 hour access. Good security features for your stuff include a good lighting, 24 hour cameras, a staff that patrols the property and gated access. Your facility manager should either provide you with a good lock or suggest one for you. Opt for a disc lock if you can, or at least anything other than a padlock as these are pretty easy to cut. If you have to purchase a disc lock on your own, they’re easy to find at stores like Wal-Mart or Target or online through Amazon. It’s amazing how much a $10 investment can do for the security of everything in your storage unit. As far as your own safety goes, try to store in a part of town you’re comfortable going to, avoid going to your storage unit alone if it’s late at night and ask your facility manager how secure the gate code is. Many facilities offer individualized gate codes so that they can actually track who is going in and out of the property. Other facilities offer one general code but change it on a regular basis. If you get the sense that a facility has been using the same code for everyone for years, this means that all previous tenants still have access to the property. Don’t rent there. Run, don’t walk, to a facility that’s got your back.

Sacramento, CA Military StorageViewHide

Sacramento, CA Military Storage

As the capital of California, Sacramento sees the occasional flurry of uniformed men and women from various branches of the military on a regular basis. While it’s a far cry from San Diego which can actually be called a military town, Sacramento’s military presence does in fact exist. If you can count yourself among the military men and women living in Sacramento or stationed near it, here’s a brief lesson in how you can use storage to make your life easier.

Your Military Life, Your Storage Needs

On the business end of things, popular military related jobs in and around Sacramento include the California Military Department and Sacramento Military Entrance Processing Station. Both require typical office type duties and don’t offer any housing. You could work a human resources job or an accounting job for the California Military Department, neither of which would put you in a position where you would likely see deployment or extensive travel time for work. If you work for the Sacramento Entrance Processing Station, you’ll spend your days enlisting men and women into the military and then you’ll go home to your apartment or house. Pretty traditional stuff. Your storage needs will be pretty much the same as the needs of a civilian. You’ll be looking for a long term storage to use as an extra closet or the occasional short term storage unit to use in between moves around town. Sacramento has 291 storage facilities, so you’ll easily find what you need. Even if you’re not active duty, you might still qualify for discounts, so when in doubt, ask. As far as actual military bases with housing, Beale Air Force Base is the closest installation to the city of Sacramento. It’s 50 miles north of town on a somewhat remote patch of cattle land (population counts often jokingly include 1,000 cows). Located in Yuba County, this base exists to train, improve and occasionally deploy airmen, who are a mix of reservists and active duty troops. There are 4,500 active duty members, 949 reservists, 832 civilians on base plus quite a few spouses, dependents and veterans. As one of these folks, your storage needs will reflect your housing and how often you travel or how likely you are to be deployed. Housing at Beale is privatized through Balfour Beatty Communities and is spread across five neighborhoods (though lower ranks should expect to live in barracks). If you can’t get the home you want right away through this program, take advantage of a month-to-month lease at a storage facility. You can store in Sacramento if you’re there on a regular basis or obviously if you’ve chosen to live there, but if you’re on the base and you find the 50 mile drive to be too much, look for storage in Olivehurst. There are 21 facilities in town, all of which offer great features if you’re a military transplant. Erie Road Self Storage rents trucks, which is perfect if you’re moving into privatized housing and you’re looking to get some furniture out of your unit and Storage Pro allows you to set up online bill pay, so if you find yourself on the go, you can pay for storage from anywhere.

Some Considerations

When choosing a storage unit, you should request quotes and tour facilities with three things in mind. First, ask yourself if you like the location. Second, ask yourself if you like the price. And last, ask yourself if you like the amenities. Great amenities for you will allow you to store items without having your busy life interrupted. Besides the online bill pay component that we already mentioned, there are a few other things you’ll want to look for. The first is great security. A facility that has 24 hour cameras, a well-lit property and gated access is a great start. A facility with on-site management and/or a security patrol is even better. Another feature to keep an eye out for is climate control. In Sacramento, this is only necessary if you’re storing items like electronics or irreplaceable family heirlooms for long periods of time. If you’re simply storing extra clothing or extra furniture briefly, you might be able to forgo this feature, but if you’re facing deployment or you just can’t see yourself making the time to visit your facility on a weekly basis, it will certainly give you peace of mind.
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