Whether you’re renovating your home, reducing clutter in a small apartment or leaving for an extended period for college or military deployment, renting a storage unit is a secure and convenient way to save space. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best storage units in Omaha to explain storage unit features and pricing and help find your ideal facility.
Do you have too much stuff and no place to put it? Did your parents tell you to find a place for your old college futon — preferably not their basement? Are you moving to a home in a new state and need a place to keep your belongings safe while you’re in transit? It’s time to get a storage unit.
Omaha has many storage options. When comparing facilities, the first decision is whether you want an interior or exterior unit.
Exterior units have doors that open to the outside and drive-up access, letting you park your vehicle directly outside the entrance. This type of unit is convenient if you’re storing heavy furniture or other large items that are difficult to carry.
Interior facilities are located within a large building, providing an extra level of security. These units may include elevator access to load items on upper floors and usually have climate-controlled units available.
Climate-controlled units maintain a temperature between 60 and 80 degrees and keep items belongings safe from extreme temperatures and humidity. This helps protect your belongings against warping, melting and discoloration in hot, humid Omaha summers. Items you should store in a climate-controlled unit include:
Documents and photographs
Other features you may want to consider are 24-hour access, which allows you to access your unit at any time, and additional security. Some security options include:
Perimeter fencing is standard for most outdoor facilities and helps restrict access to the property.
Electronic gate access provides an entrance barrier to keep unauthorized people from accessing the facilities.
Exterior and interior lighting make it easier to spot anyone attempting to break into units and keeps you safe when on the premises.
Surveillance cameras allow for 24/7 monitoring to keep the area secure.
On-site personnel ensures that any security issue is dealt with quickly.
The cost of storage units in Omaha
Storage unit prices vary dramatically. While size is a significant factor in the cost of a storage unit, other factors that affect the price are the facility’s location, how accessible the unit is and the level of demand for storage in the area. A climate-controlled unit costs 25 to 50 percent more than a non-climate-controlled unit.
The average monthly price for a storage unit in Omaha is $75, or $0.76 per square foot, which is about 25 percent below the national average. Generally, storage costs more in neighborhoods with less space — for instance, storage units in East Omaha likely cost more than those in West Omaha. Your facility may charge you a one-time administrative fee of $10 to $25 when you move in.
Storage companies in Omaha typically rent storage units on a month-to-month basis, which means your facility can increase the rent if market prices rise. Read the lease carefully so you’re clear on when your facility can increase the rent.
If you agree to a minimum rental length, you may receive promotional offers and discounts such as a free first month. Sometimes you can negotiate free perks such as boxes, storage bins and locks from the company when you sign a longer lease. Storage companies may also offer discounts for college students, military members and people who belong to organizations such as AAA or AARP.
Insuring your stored items in Omaha
Once you’ve decided to move your items into storage, you want to make sure they’re protected. Your homeowners or renters insurance may cover belongings stored outside your home — check your policy or speak with your insurance provider to be sure.
A few facilities require you to purchase insurance at an additional cost of $10 to $20 a month. Most companies waive the insurance fee if you show proof of existing homeowners or renters insurance.
Whether you use existing insurance or purchase a policy from the facility, make sure you know what your policy covers. With standard homeowners insurance, your furniture, clothes and other personal belongings are covered if they are stolen or destroyed by fire, wind, hail and other insured disasters. Water damage and mold from flooding are usually not covered.
SpareFoot is the largest nationwide marketplace to compare storage facility options and prices. The company partners with more than 10,000 storage companies, and its website includes helpful information to guide you through renting a storage unit. Omaha customers praise how easy it was to find a storage unit in their area.
U-Haul’s storage features include 24-hour access, climate control and several levels of security, including electronic gates and individually alarmed rooms. Omaha customers can manage their storage unit online, and the company offers one month of free self-storage with one-way equipment rentals. Local reviews say U-Haul’s customer service representatives are kind and helpful with any questions.
PODS is a moving and storage company that provides nontraditional moving solutions. Omaha customers choose the container they need, and the company ships it to their door. Once the customer loads the container, PODS stores it in one of their facilities or delivers it to where the customer is relocating.
Extra Space Storage
Extra Space Storage is a national provider of storage units. The company has tools on its site that help you choose the size of unit you need, and it offers long-term leases that allow customers to prepay on a yearly basis. Omaha reviewers praise the excellent customer service and cleanliness of Extra Space Storage’s facilities.