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Self Storage

Not sure what type of storage unit you need? Our experts will tell you which type of storage is right for you! When choosing a self storage facility, there are many factors that need to be decided before signing a rental lease. First off, let's explain what self storage is and why you might need it.

What Is Self Storage?

Self storage is a service that allows individuals and businesses to rent a secure space for their belongings. Customers are provided with this extra space for any items they need to store outside of their homes. Tenants have access to their secured self storage unit(s) during gate hours and can choose to store their belongings for both short and long-term periods of time. Self storage is typically rented on a month-to-month basis to satisfy the needs of the customer during their move.

Why Do I Need Self Storage? 

Moving

Moving is most likely the first thing that comes to mind when someone hears the words “self-storage.” It’s true, many people use self-storage for this reason exactly. Whether you’re moving down the road or moving out of state, renting a unit is convenient, if not necessary. Here are a couple of scenarios that might entail renting a storage unit during your move:

Your new place isn’t large enough for your current belongings. 

Maybe you're moving into a smaller home and don’t have the same amount of storage as your previous home. Renting a unit near your new residence will make it easy to access your belongings. 

Closing dates have changed.

If you are selling and buying a new home, your schedule might not align perfectly. Closing dates are often pushed back for a variety of reasons and you may need to rent a unit during that period.

Storing Cherishable Items

These cherished items might have been passed down from your loved ones that you want to keep in a safe and secure location. This could also pertain to any valuable furniture or household items you want to hang onto for future use. Sometimes the situation may be as simple as wanting to live a more simplistic and minimal lifestyle while keeping the items that mean the most. 

Renovating

Renovating any area of your home takes time. During the process, clearing out a room for construction might be essential to complete your project. No one wants paint drops, dust, or other debris on their valuable items! Storing belongings for a short time is easy and stress-free during times like these.

Storing Items Safely

We often have few storage options in our homes, which are typically our garages, basements, or attics. These rooms usually don’t have air conditioning and often get stuffy, dirty, or even damp. Storing in these spots may cause damage to your items such as furniture, clothing, and pictures. Finding a climate-controlled storage unit will provide a safer option for your valuables.

Vehicle Storage

If you don’t have enough room for multiple vehicles in your garage, finding indoor or even outdoor parking is an easy fix. This can include any vehicle such as a boat, RV, motorcycle, classic cars, etc. At STORExpress, we offer 24/7 access, keypad access, month-to-month contracts, and surveillance on-site to protect your vehicle(s)!

Going to College

There are many aspects you will have to think about when you’re going away to college. Storage can make moving in and moving out of your dorm or apartment easy at any time of the year. Storing your belongings in a storage facility during summer breaks will save you time and money as opposed to moving all of your furniture and items back home for a few months. 

Packing for college can also be tricky. Most dorm rooms and apartments don’t give you much storage to bring all of your belongings when you go off to school. Renting a unit close to campus will allow you to switch out clothing items according to season changes or other uses. 

Student Storage

Renting a storage unit is a great summer storage solution for college students or for students participating in a study abroad program. Oftentimes students are attending college out of state and don’t want to transfer their belongings back and forth throughout college breaks. Student storage makes it easy for them to store school supplies, books, clothing, furniture, and other necessities when needed.

At STORExpress, we offer a pallet-based storage service. This means all your stuff goes onto a pallet (typically on the small side) and is then kept in a shared warehouse. Students can also rent personal lockers or a variety of storage unit sizes to have access to their items. Getting a larger unit and sharing it with friends is a great way to keep costs low and store more.

Wine Storage

Wine must be kept at a consistent and cool temperature to ensure it matures properly without damage. The wine storage area should be between 50 – 60 degrees Fahrenheit year-round to protect your wine from extreme and fluctuating temperatures. Wine storage units also control humidity levels, keeping the humidity between 50 and 70 percent to ensure the safety of your wine. STORExpress offers wine storage with 24-hour access, they are an insulated and climate-controlled area to meet any collectors or restaurant owner’s needs. 

What Are The Different Types Of Storage?

Outdoor - Drive Up Access

Traditional outdoor storage units allow you to pull your moving truck or vehicle directly next to your unit to move in and out of your storage space for easy use often.

Indoor - Drive Thru Access

Located inside of our facility building, these indoor units are accessible as easily as outdoor units but protect you from the outside elements. Customers find these extremely convenient during the cold and rainy winter months. 

Indoor Access

Indoor climate controlled units are available on other levels of the facility and can be accessed by elevator. With moving carts and storage bins, storing your belongings is a quick and easy process.

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How Do I Choose The Best Storage Facility?

Customer Service

Finding a storage facility that offers onsite property managers is crucial to having a successful storage rental experience. At STORExpress, customer service has been embedded in our day to day operations since our opening day in 1998. We pride ourselves on being “The Neighborly Place, for Life’s Needed Space” by offering unique spaces and knowledgeable service so every customer is able to find the best storage unit to fit their needs. 

Location

For those who will be frequently accessing their storage space, finding a facility that is close to home or your work will be the best option. This way, one can easily access your belongings to be convenient and stress-free. STORExpress has 12 storage facilities in the Pittsburgh, PA area, and Warren, OH. If you have any questions about which storage location might be best for you, contact us today. 

Features & Amenities

At STORExpress, we provide customers with our Free Moving Truck and Free Gas to save you time and money! Our free moving truck is equipped with moving straps, moving pads, and a dolly so you can easily get your belongings moved into your unit. 

Accessing your storage unit is easy. Our extended gate hours allow customers to access their units before & after store hours from 6:00 am - 10:00 pm. For those working other hours, our property managers would be happy to assist you with 24/7 access if available. 

Our 24/7 security includes keycode access pads and video surveillance. We want to make sure you have peace of mind when storing your valued items. 

All essential packing and moving supplies are available at each location. This includes boxes, box cutters, locks, mattress bags, bubble wrap, and tape! STORExpress is a one-stop-shop!

Pricing

Pricing is usually the number one question that we get! We price our storage units on a number of factors such as the size of the self storage unit, location of the unit, and it’s amenities. At STORExpress, we are here to help you recognize which storage unit is best for you. With move-in specials and competitive pricing, our property managers would be happy to discuss your budget and time frame for your storage rental.

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