When it come to cost of living in the U.S., Raleigh is right there in the middle. Housing prices are slightly higher, while transportation prices are slightly lower. Self-storage prices are on the higher side as well. For example, a 5’x5’ unit at Uncle Bob’s Self Storage will generally rent from about $64 to $73 per month, depending on location, and a 5’x10’ from $134 to $181. This is why we suggest being open to renting a unit a few miles away rather than right by your home.
For those who enjoy four distinct seasons, Raleigh is the place to be. Of course, with large yearly weather changes comes the possible need for climate control. Winters often get below freezing, with snow, sleet, and freezing rain. In summers, temperatures can hit the 90s with the expected corresponding humidity.
If you’re going to have a unit year-round, you will probably want climate control. You might be surprised how many of our personal items are sensitive to weather. These include art, books, musical instruments, and paper documents. Heat and cold can warp wood and metals, while canvas and paper are sensitive to shifts in humidity, from very dry to very humid. Climate control not only protects from extremes in temperature and humidity, but from mold and mildew gaining hold.
These events all need someplace to put their booths and decorations during the year, and usually, that means into self-storage. Chances are this won’t affect your self-storage needs, though, as large events require especially large self-storage units.
However, these events will affect your commute to your storage unit. Big events mean more cars on the road as people go to them. If you happen to need to get to your self-storage unit on a busy festival day, it will probably take you longer to get there. Know when and where events are happening and plan your day accordingly.