Whether you are moving and need to declutter or you don’t have enough storage space in your apartment, renting a storage unit is an affordable solution. Run a cost-benefit analysis to determine if it is your best option. You can rent every month, although most companies have a three-month minimum.


Whether you live in an apartment with little to no storage space, are moving to a new home, or need to clear out your garage for a project, renting a storage unit can be a convenient solution. Accessing your belongings will be much easier if you choose a facility near your home or on your way to work.

You can also use public storage units Petaluma temporarily if you need to declutter your home before selling it or if your new house isn’t ready for occupancy. Most storage facilities will allow you to rent a unit month-to-month basis, but be sure to clarify the terms of your agreement before signing.

Some storage locations sell packing and moving supplies, such as boxes, bubble wrap, mattress bags, and glass packs. The on-site staff will be able to help you find what you need, even if you need to purchase multiple items.


An excellent public storage facility has security measures to protect your belongings. The facilities have cameras to monitor the grounds and record who enters the facility. The footage is private property of the storage company and only accessible by management or law enforcement with a warrant.

Usually, the lease you sign will prevent you from storing anything that can be used as a weapon or illegal drugs. You are also not allowed to store any liquids or flammable materials. Some units are smart, allowing tenants to open their doors with an app and have a lock inside the unit. This type of premium security drives up the rent, however.

Ask the storage facility if they offer insurance for the items stored in their units. If not, check your homeowner’s or renter’s policy to see if they cover off-site property. You may want a storage rental insurance policy if they don’t.

Climate Control

When clients store items susceptible to damage from high or low temperatures or excessive moisture, a climate-controlled storage option may be more attractive than standard storage. Moisture build-up can ruin electronics, paper-based materials, and other delicate items.

Storage facilities that offer climate control monitor and maintain temperature and humidity standards to ensure their customers’ belongings are safe from damage. They also circulate the air and keep it clean to prevent mold and mildew.

When shopping for a storage facility with climate control, shoppers should ask questions about their specific temperature and humidity standards and how they meet them. Some companies advertise that their units are climate-controlled. Still, they’re not necessarily meeting industry standards if they don’t do anything more than run an attic fan and keep windows closed to block the outside weather.


Whether you need to store items while moving temporarily or for a long-term solution after downsizing, renting a storage unit is a safe and convenient option. Doing your research before committing is essential, so look at customer reviews and pricing information, including any specials offered online or by the facility.

Some locations also have sustainability initiatives you can use, like LED lighting and eco-friendly water practices. You should also find out about access to your unit so you can get to it when you need it easily.

You’ll likely need a government-issued form of ID on move-in day (such as a driver’s license, state ID, or passport), proof of insurance, and a reservation confirmation email if you made one. Some units are climate-controlled, and others have drive-up access, which could be ideal for storing a vehicle or large equipment.