Renting a Storage Unit May Save You on Rent

By Aaron Mackel, Storage.com

Looking to save money on apartment rent? Not many people would consider renting a storage unit as a way to cut apartment costs, but if you hypothetically swapped 100 square feet of apartment space for storage space, you could actually save big!

Below, we’ve compared the average monthly apartment rent per square foot (for both one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments) and the average monthly storage unit rent per square foot in ten major U.S. markets.

10×10 Storage Unit vs. One-Bedroom Apartment

Interesting takeaways:

  • In seven cities, renting a storage unit could save renters more than $1,000 over the course of a year.
  • Boston has the biggest difference between the cost of rental space vs. storage space by far.
  • Atlanta’s affordable rental market results in the lowest savings by using self storage.

10×10 Storage Unit Vs. Two-Bedroom Apartment

Interesting takeaways:

  • A two-bedroom apartment in Atlanta is the only instance when it doesn’t save to rent storage space.
  • Even with the lower price per square foot of a two-bedroom apartment, you can still save more than $1,000 a year by using storage in three cities.

So if you’re looking at apartments that have enough space for summer/winter clothes, a bike, golf clubs, holiday decorations, or other items that don’t need to be with you at all times, putting those things in storage and renting smaller could be a more cost-effective solution. Or if you’re considering upgrading to a larger apartment because your child outgrew a bunch of clothes, toys, and furniture that you don’t know what to do with, you could save a significant amount by staying put and putting those things into storage for future children.

Interested in seeing if storage can help you save? View storage units near you on Storage.com today.

Apartment rental data is from U.S. News Money.

Although this article does not give data for Sandy or Midvale, Utahit is helpful to consider renting a smaller apartment and also renting a storage unit to store some of the items that you aren’t using all the time.

If you have any questions about our storage unit rates, please contact Sandy Mini Storage at 801-251-0801.

Classic Car Self-Storage Tips

If you’re looking for a classic car in Sandy, Utah  or the surrounding Salt Lake area, you have plenty of options. However, a car isn’t something you can tuck away in a box when you’re not using it. You’ll need a safe, secure place to keep your valuable new find. If your garage space is limited, self storage is the perfect solution.

Classic Car Self-Storage Tips

Classic cars should be protected and treated with great care even while they’re in storage. Be sure to choose a facility with great security and spacious self storage units. Here are a few more essential tips to help you keep your car in top condition throughout its seasonal nap.

  • Clean both the interior and exterior of your car from top to bottom. Wax the exterior, clean the interior upholstery and vacuum thoroughly.
  • If your car has lube fittings, grease its universal joints, steering fittings and suspension fittings with fresh grease.
  • Bleed the brakes to prevent deterioration.
  • If you’ll be storing the car for more than six months, drain the fuel tank. For short-term storage, simply add gasoline stabilizer.
  • Drain and refill your car’s cooling system.
  • Remove the battery, and store it in a dry place. To keep it charged, hook it up to a battery maintainer or charger.
  • Depress the clutch and lock it into position.
  • Roll down all windows to improve ventilation.
  • If your car is a convertible, store it with the top up; leaving it down can cause shrinkage.
  • Cover your car with a cotton or flannel cover to prevent dust accumulation and protect the paint. Don’t use plastic or polyester blends as these can trap heat and restrict airflow.

Sandy Mini Storage Self Storage Keeps Your Classic Car in Pristine Condition

If you’re looking for affordable self storage units in Sandy, turn to the company that understands the importance of protecting valuable investments. When you rent a storage unit from Sandy Mini Storage, you’ll have convenient access to your vehicle seven days a week. Your car will be secure under 24-hour electronic video surveillance, and only you will have the key and personal access code. Contact us today to reserve a spot for your own gorgeous piece of automotive history.

Think Outside the (storage) Box

There are virtually unlimited ways you can store your belongings inside of your storage unit. Our storage facility located in Sandy, Utah has some great tips to help you maximize your space and keep your stored items safe and clean.

Firstly, many people don’t think about the height of their unit. I have people frequently call and ask for the length and width of the storage unit, but fail to ask how tall the ceilings are. This is important for several reasons: if you are storing truck, boat, RV or other piece of large equipment, it’s important to know if the item will fit vertically, especially within the height of the door; secondly, there is a lot of empty space near the top of the unit wasted, that could be utilized with a little careful planning.

Using shelves to store items can help to maximize space and keep your unit more organized. It also helps to keep valuables off the ground.

Use plastic covers for sofas, chairs, furniture and mattresses. This will help to ensure that dust, rodents and insects keep out of this items. It is also helpful to cover your couch and put individual cushions in garbage or some other type of bag. This will further protect your couch.

There are many other ways to maximize your space and protect your belongings. Please let me know if you have any other ideas you would like to share.

Summer Deals

As the heat goes up outside this summer, the prices at Sandy Mini Storage go down! We are the price leader here in the Sandy-Midvale market. We make sure that our prices are the very best. Not only are our prices incredible, but our storage units are even better. Our storage units are all block and metal construction, which helps to regulate temperature and keep your storage safe from intruders and rodents. Most of our units electrical power outlets, as well as lights, so you can access your unit after dark and use light electrical equipment. Our facility has state-of-the art cameras, that are capable of recording in 4K, the highest resolution cameras available.  Storage facility is enclosed with block walls and chain-link fencing. There is an on-site resident manager that looks after the place at night, helping to keep your valuables safe and secure. If you have any questions about our units, pricing or security, please call Terry at 801-251-0801.

A Good Time to Checkout Our Great Rates

Sandy Mini Storage prides itself on being the low-price leader in the Sandy, West Jordan and Midvale markets. We make sure to keep our overhead low, while still providing exceptional storage units.

What makes us better? Our entire facility is fenced, with gates that require individual pass codes to enter. A log of all entering and exiting tenants is kept electronically. We have a state-of-the-art camera system that record 24/7. We also have an on-site-residential manager who patrols the facility. The buildings are made out of stone masonry, so you know that your units are safe and secure. We have a many sizes to choose from, so you know you can find a unit that will fit your needs. Our units are clean and rodent free.

Choosing the best storage unit can be difficult, but we make it a clear choice. Come see why we are one of the storage leaders in the community.

If you would like to learn more about our storage facility, please call the facility manager at 801-251-0801.

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Spring Cleaning

If you’re like me, you’re starting to get a little spring fever. Spring in Sandy, Utah is like riding a roller coaster: one day it’s sunny and 80 degrees and the next day it’s snowing. But, by the end of the month, the weather should begin to moderate as we move into the summer season. And if you’re also like me, you start feeling the need to clean up your house and yard. As I begin cleaning by garage this past Saturday, I came to the realization that I needed more storage for my tools, bikes and other items.

If you find that you need more space for storage, Sandy Mini Storage can help. We have storage unit sizes from 10×7 to 24×30. We have some of the most competitive rates on storage units in Sandy, Utah. We pride ourselves on high level of customer service, quality storage and low prices. Come see why our storage facility is almost full.

Good Thing for Do-it-yourself Movers

Good Thing for Do-it-yourself Movers

Not Everyone Thinks Outside the Box

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It’s often said that innovation requires you to “think outside the box.” Fortunately for do-it-yourself movers, the folks at ABF U-Pack Moving® did just the opposite. By thinking inside the box, U-Pack created the innovative ReloCube™ moving and storage container.

The ReloCube is a portable moving and storage container that’s 6-foot deep, 7-foot wide, and 8-foot high. A ReloCube is large enough to accommodate one room of furnishings, yet small enough to fit into a parking place. Load it, lock it, and keep the key – ABF does the rest.

Custom-built expressly for ABF®, ReloCubes are made of steel and aluminum. Because of their easy access and secure clasp, ReloCubes are extremely popular options for a wide variety of customers.

Ashley White used two ReloCubes when she moved from Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Nashville, Tennessee. “I liked the fact that they’re so easy to load. The ground-level access means you can just walk in – there’s no walking up a ramp with a heavy box. Plus, there’s no need to rent and drive a truck,” said White, an MBA student at Vanderbilt. “Will I be using ReloCubes again when I graduate? You bet.”

ReloCubes also have become a staple of ABC Television’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Every project requires precise coordination and logistical management to meet a rapidly approaching deadline.

That’s why they rely on ABF not only for ReloCubes but also for freight transportation, moving supplies, and logistical support.

ReloCubes became a tool in the fight against childhood hunger when ABF U-Pack Moving teamed with America’s Second Harvest, The Nation’s Food Bank Network, to create awareness and raise funds through a virtual food drive called U-Pack A BackPack.

“The America’s Second Harvest Network provides approximately 16 meals for every dollar donation we receive,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of America’s Second Harvest. “The virtual nature of this initiative assures the highest impact in the fight against childhood hunger.”

While many ReloCubes were on location creating awareness of the fight against childhood hunger, others were busy collecting and recycling old athletic shoes.

As part of a national Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program, NikeTown retail locations partnered with their local communities in a drive to recycle as many shoes as possible. ABF U-Pack Moving provided ReloCubes for shoe collection, as well as transportation for the effort. The collected shoes were processed into a granulated material called Nike Grind, used for a variety of sports surfaces donated to underserved communities.

ReloCubes can often be spotted at several special events because of their utility and ease of use. For example, you might see ReloCubes at an American Strongman competition, where events sometimes include the ABF Truck Pull.

So the next time you need to move a few items, consider a ReloCube. They’re ideal for moving from an apartment complex or storage facility where parking is limited.

Meanwhile, test your virtual ReloCube packing skills by visiting upack.com/play to play the U-Pack-a-Cube game. It’s fun, and players are invited to register their score to see how they compare to other master packers!

U-Pack is a service of ABF Freight System, Inc.®, an award-winning transporter of general commodities. In 1997, ABF began offering its shipping services directly to consumers via U-Pack Moving. U-Pack combines the professional driver and equipment of a traditional full-service mover with the cost savings of a rental truck.

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Come See Why We’re Almost Full

Our Sandy storage facility location is almost full, but we still have a few units. Come see why hundreds of people have seen why our storage facility located in Sandy, Utah offers the best value and quality in the Sandy-Midvale area. We offer a wide variety of storage options. Everything from 7×10 to 24×30. There is sure to be a storage unit size to meet your needs.

Our office is Monday thorough Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Our facility recently had a new ultra high definition camera system installed and a reinforced gate put in. You can rest easy knowing that your valuables are safe and secure, while making space in your garage for things like cars, bikes, fourwheelers etc.