Storage unit prices: Your questions, answered

5 May 2022

Thinking of renting storage space in Auckland? Here’s some information about our pricing.

Whether you’re moving house, renovating, decluttering, or need somewhere to keep seasonal gear, there are plenty of reasons you might want to rent a storage unit. 

But first, you probably have questions about pricing. Here are answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Questions about paying for storage.  

How much does a storage unit cost?

This is by far the most common question we get asked. However, the truth is, it depends. From what you’d like to store to how long you need storage space for and which of our facilities you want to store at, there’s a range of factors that will influence the overall cost. 

That said, we can give you some ballpark prices:

  • Our smallest unit, a 1 x 1 x 1 metre room, starts from $55 per month.
  • An 8 x 3 metre space that would fit a full 4 bedroom house or a sea container, will range between $540 to $640 per month.
  • If you’d like to park a car, caravan or boat on our premises, you can expect to pay from between $240 to $565 per month, depending on the size of your vehicle. 

Are there any upfront costs?

We charge a $30 administration fee upfront, which includes a padlock for your storage unit. We also require one month’s storage paid for in advance. You must pay this either on or before the day you move your belongings into storage. 

Other than the administration fee and month in advance, there are no other upfront costs – for example, we don’t charge a bond. 

How can I pay?

We’re flexible and offer most payment options so you can choose one that works for you. Our preferred payment method is Auto Direct Debit or Credit Card payments – this helps to ensure you’ll never miss a payment and potentially incur late payment fees. We also offer the options of paying by EFTPOS, internet banking, or cash. 

Can I cancel at any time?

The minimum period of renting a storage unit is one month. You’re welcome to use the storage unit for less than a month if that suits you, but you must still pay for the entire month. To cancel your storage unit, please provide us with at least seven days notice in writing. 

Are there any other ongoing costs?

No. All ongoing costs are included in your monthly fee. For example, you don’t need to pay an additional fee to access your storage unit.

Does National Mini Storage pay for insurance?

You are responsible for insuring your own belongings. However, we have access to competitive insurance cover. Please contact us for more information. 

What are some benefits of paying for storage?

Of course, we’re more than a little biased, but we believe renting storage space is well worth the price tag. Here are three great benefits of paying for storage.

1. Renting storage space could save you money

Many of our customers choose to store items with us because it saves them money in the long run. For example, if you have more belongings than space in your home or office, what is cheaper: upgrading your home or office or putting some items in storage? With Auckland’s soaring property prices (for both renting and buying), the answer is often the latter. 

An alternative to storage is to sell some of your belongings. This is a great option for some items (see our blog Decluttering: Deciding what to ditch, sell or put in storage for a comprehensive guide), but it can lead to future costs. For example, if you sell an item only to need it again in a few months time, the cost of rebuying or renting it could equal or outweigh the cost of storing the item long-term. 

2. Paying for storage provides peace of mind

Another key factor to consider when budgeting for storage space is your peace of mind. Our storage units are highly secure. Depending on the site, we have security features such as electric fences, security cameras, security controls, and monitored gate entry. 

Keeping important items and documents in a storage unit can often be safer than keeping them in your home or office. There’s a lower risk of theft, fire, and items getting misplaced. You’ll know exactly where everything is at all times and enjoy peace of mind that your most precious belongings are as safe as possible. 

3. Outsourcing storage supports minimalism 

Storage units can be useful if you aspire to lead a minimalist lifestyle. Contrary to popular belief, minimalism isn’t about purging everything you own and ridding yourself completely of sentimental items. It’s more of a philosophy of creating a life that supports you to feel less unencumbered by ‘stuff’. 

For some people, freeing themselves from ‘stuff’ requires physically getting rid of it – for good. But for many others, especially those with children, minimalism is more about how they store, display, and use their possessions. For example, enjoying a clutter-free home. Storage units can help families achieve their clutter-free aspirations by being a place to keep seasonal sports gear, Christmas decorations, documents, and other items. 

It’s worth noting that decluttering and minimalism are more than just buzzwords. Studies show that spaces that feel cluttered can have a negative impact on our mood (this article, What Science Really Says About Decluttering, is a good place to start if you’re interested). 

Everyone has different levels of tolerance for clutter, mess, and mayhem. What kind of clutter would you like to live with? Could a storage unit provide a solution to some of your stress and help you create the perfect home or office environment to suit your needs? The home of your dreams might not involve an extra bedroom or a move to the countryside – you might just need to get more creative about storage. 

For more benefits, check out our blog 7 Surprising Reasons To Rent Storage Space.

How can I get a quote?

With 11 different sites across Auckland – all of which have a variety of different storage sizes – we pride ourselves on providing personalised storage solutions that are tailored to your needs. 

Getting a quote for your storage needs is simple: either call 0800 786 764 to speak to one of our customer service representatives or fill out our online ‘Get a Quote’ form. If you fill out the online form, you’ll receive an email with an estimate within one minute of completing the form. Be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder if no email arrives.

Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturdays 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. We’re closed on Sundays and public holidays.

What will storage cost?

Storage unit pricing depends on a range of factors, from the size of the space you need to how long you’re storing things for. To give a ballpark estimate, you can probably expect to pay anywhere between $55 and $640 per month.

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