Packing with Purpose: What Items Should You Put into Storage?
If your apartment has begun to feel crammed, it might be time to put some stuff into storage. But how do you decide what to store? Read on for our…
While there are many storage facilities in NYC, prices vary widely based on the neighborhood and size of the unit. Before signing on the dotted line, it's key to figure out what size you'll need, and how much you're willing to pay for it.
Prices fluctuate all the time, so to give you a broad understanding of the ebbs and flows of the NYC storage market, we're taking a deep dive into Manhattan Mini Storage's prices.
Manhattan Mini Storage is the largest self-storage company in the city. As a result, their storage unit prices are the prices most New Yorkers are paying, so our survey of these prices should help you decide what size and location will be best for you and your storage needs.
Most storage facilities, including our own, allow you to choose from a variety of sizes when choosing a unit.
If you're mainly packing clothing, you might only need a 4x4 unit. But if you've got clothes, a desk, and a fridge, you might need a 5x10 or even a 10x10 just to be safe.
Of course, prices correspond to size, so if you're really on a budget, use Manhattan Mini Storage's calculator, which allows you to articulate what you'll be storing and recommends the closest and most accurate size options available.
It's always safest to get a slightly larger unit, in case you want to add other items in the future, but by measuring your boxes and other storage items yourself before you secure a unit, you can be sure you're not wasting too much space (or cash!).
Here's a rundown of the current price ranges in NYC based on size:
There are many more sizes, but hopefully, you've noticed there's a fairly consistent increase in price as the size increases.
As we'll discuss in the next section, though, location can make a massive difference in your search.
Smaller units are usually the most affordable, but in some cases, a 5x5 unit in one location could cost almost as much as a 5x10 unit in another.
For example, while most 4x4 units start at around $30-$35, at the 520 W 17th St location, 4x4 units start at $52.
At the same time, 5x5 units at the 524 W 23rd St location start at $30.
The word "start" is important here, though.
Right now, 4x4 units at the 23rd St. location are around $100/month and 5x5 units are about $149/month. At the 17th St. location, 4x4 units are around $144/month and 5x5 units are $152/month.
At the 420 E 62nd location, too, for example, 4x4 units are currently $183/month, and 5x5 units are $234/month. And at the 543 W 43rd St. location, 5x5 units are currently $157/month.
While the prices at these locations are by no means permanent, they're a good indicator of how area-dependent unit prices are.
There are storage units all over the place in New York, so you should never worry about being able to find a unit to use. If you've got the time to look around for the most affordable options, you might get a much larger unit for a fantastic rate.
In the end, it all depends on how far you're willing to travel to visit your stuff from time to time, or even on move day for that matter. But when you start looking at prices throughout the city, you may well get lucky with your local facility, too.
Again: keep an eye out for shifts in prices as often as you can! With commitment and concentration, you're bound to find the perfect spot for your stuff.
Landing a storage unit is definitely not as difficult as landing an apartment, but it comes with all kinds of challenges and can be wildly stressful at times. Certain sizes of units might not always be available in your local facility, and prices might fluctuate a lot when you're looking. But if you remember to stay on the lookout for units throughout the city, your stuff will be safely stored in no time.
Also, remember that our storage service is like a VIP pass to the city. We know that moving and storage go hand-in-hand, and with multiple facilities throughout the cities we serve, we provide a bespoke experience for all of your needs, no matter how big or small. We guarantee green practices, too, so you can always feel good about your storage space.
Reach out to start storing today!