For people looking for extra space and security for their belongings, storage units are a great solution. With the many storage facilities in Kansas City, finding the right one to trust is a difficult process. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best storage units in Kansas City to keep your possessions safe.
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If you need space to store extra belongings, you’re not alone. Around 90 percent of all self-storage units in the U.S. are occupied, according to the Self Storage Association. Storage units are used for temporary and long-term storage needs, including storing seasonal items, children’s toys and clothes, musical instruments and extra furniture.
In Kansas City, 35.4 percent of residents are renters. With the smaller footprint of many apartments in Downtown KC, having extra space to store seasonal items (such as fishing or hunting equipment, holiday decorations and jackets) or furniture you plan to use after purchasing a larger home in the future can be a great option.
Storage units are also helpful if you find yourself stacking storage boxes in your garage. Roughly 65 percent of self-storage renters have a garage but use a storage unit to free up space and reduce clutter, letting them park indoors during the Midwest’s weather changes.
Types of units available in Kansas City
When it comes to types of storage units in Kansas City, there are a few different options. A significant decision is choosing a climate controlled or non-climate-controlled unit.
Climate-controlled: If you’re storing items that are susceptible to temperature damage (like baseball cards, upholstered furniture, family heirlooms and wine), a climate-controlled storage unit is a safe and reliable option. Some indoor facilities options have elevator access for upper levels and on-site security personnel.
Non-climate controlled: Usually more affordable, non-climate-controlled storage units are what most people picture when they think of a storage unit. They’re similar to garages and often set in a row, outside, with drive-up accessibility. Other types of non-climate-controlled units include pod storage units that allow you full-time access to your belongings can be kept wherever you want.
Units that are not climate-controlled are susceptible to weather changes. Avoid using these units to store:
When choosing a facility, consider the features that are important to you. Some popular options in Kansas City include on-site security, elevator access, drive-up capability, 24-hour access and vehicle storage. Some facilities have wine cellars and moving trucks available for free. To understand everything you receive with your storage unit, read your contract carefully or speak to a representative.
The cost of storage units in Kansas City
The cost of storage units can vary widely in Kansas City, but the size of the unit is the most significant factor. The following chart lists the average price of storage units by size and type.
Average cost of storage units
Average price (climate-controlled)
5’ x 5’
5’ x 10’
10’ x 10’
10’ x 15’
10’ x 20’
Besides size and type, there are a few other options that may factor into the price:
Location of the facility
Service type (full-service or self-service)
Time of year/demand
Location within the facility
Insurance (some facilities require it)
Early termination fee (if in a yearly contract; many facilities offer month-to-month contracts)
To save money on your storage unit, take advantage of available discounts, including those for military members, students and seniors. Be sure to rent the minimum size for your belongings to avoid paying for space you don’t need. Also, if you find a new storage unit facility, you may be able to take advantage of new member discounts.
SpareFoot’s online search tool allows you to easily compare storage options and prices to find a facility quickly. You can reserve one of its 9,000+ units online for free, and there are no hidden fees. AAA members have a special discount with SpareFoot, and Kansas City residents appreciate the convenience of the search tool.
U-Haul storage facilities are open 24/7 and come with a variety of security options. Customers receive their first month free with no deposit or administrative fees and get free online account management resources. U-Haul’s Adaptive Reuse program converts old warehouses into storage spaces, including its Kansas City Power & Light District location.
PODS’ portable containers are a convenient solution for people looking to store their belongings. Customers can choose to keep their POD at their home or have it stored at a nearby facility. PODS offers military discounts, and Kansas City customers say they appreciate the convenience and efficient employees, though some report poor customer service.
Extra Space Storage
Extra Space Storage has a variety of unit sizes and types available to solve any storage problem. Its state-of-the-art facilities maintain “clean-and-green” standards and are staffed by experts trained to provide top-notch customer service. Kansas City residents praise the company for its friendly employees, clean facilities and competitive prices.
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