Self-storage units can be lifesavers for people who are moving, renovating or live in smaller homes or apartments. When renting, it’s important to consider price, security, climate control and convenience. ConsumerAffairs researched the best storage units in San Diego to help you choose a safe and affordable facility to store your belongings.
Storage units can be used to store extra furniture, holiday decorations or any other belongings you don’t need at hand but don’t want to throw away or donate. The type of storage unit you need depends on the items you’re storing.
Outdoor storage facilities provide drive-up access, which is more convenient for loading and unloading furniture or other large items. Many outdoor facilities also offer vehicle storage, letting you park your car, RV or boat until you need it. These units are less likely to have climate or temperature control but are generally less expensive.
Indoor storage facilities are common in San Diego. These facilities are multi-story buildings with doors that open into interior hallways and elevator access to the upper floors. These units are often temperature-controlled, meaning they have heating and air conditioning, or climate-control, which means they use high-quality HVAC systems to manage temperature, air quality and humidity.
Climate-controlled units can help protect your possessions from the extreme heat of San Diego’s summers. Common storage items that can be damaged by extreme temperatures include:
CDs and DVDs
Papers and books
Wood and upholstered furniture
The cost of storage units in San Diego
The price of a storage unit is primarily decided by size, but other factors may also affect the monthly cost. Units that are located closer to access points or on lower levels may be more expensive, and facilities that offer 24-hour access, video surveillance and climate control generally cost more.
Average prices for San Diego storage units
5’ x 5’
5’ x 10’
10’ x 10’
10’ x 15’
10’ x 20’
Rental contracts for storage units are typically month-to-month. If you plan on using the unit for an extended period, ask if you can receive a discount for signing a long-term agreement. Facilities can raise the price of month-to-month contracts at any time, so make sure it’s clear if and when your rent might increase. Storage facilities typically charge a one-time administrative fee to set up your account.
Protecting your stored belongings in San Diego
Check with your home or renters insurance provider to see if your policy extends to stored items. Most renters and homeowners insurance policies do not cover flood damage in storage units. Even in San Diego, which is relatively dry, consider adding flood insurance for your storage unit.
In many cases, you can purchase a protection plan from the storage facility for an additional fee. This might be a helpful option if you are storing items during a military deployment or extended absence when you won’t need renters or homeowners insurance.
SpareFoot provides an online shopping and comparison tool for storage facilities in San Diego. The company lets you find options for self-storage and compare features and prices to find the best unit for you. San Diego customers appreciate the ability to quickly compare prices and currently available storage units.
U-Haul self-storage has several locations throughout San Diego County, including several climate-controlled facilities. Some sites also have 24-hour access, individually alarmed units and free setup. San Diego customers appreciate the cleanliness of the facilities and available discounts on moving vans when renting a storage unit.
PODS offers portable storage containers that are dropped off at your home and can be stored on your property, at the company’s facilities or any other location. The company offers discounts to military members and their families in San Diego. Local reviewers appreciate the convenience but consistently cite poor customer service.
Extra Space Storage
Extra Space Storage has several facilities in San Diego, including outdoor facilities with drive-up access and buildings with interior storage. San Diego customers can easily compare prices on the website, and the company also offers services in Spanish. Many reviewers found customer service to be helpful, but others were unhappy with frequent rent increases.