With its college town vibe and its proximity to the big city of Phoenix, Tempe, Arizona, is an agreeable (and affordable) place to live for various categories of residents, from college students to young families to seniors. The various categories of residents have, obviously, different preferences when it comes to lifestyle and housing options; however, one constant remains – the need for storage.

Enough storage space at home is an issue for most people, and this is where self storage intervenes to pick up the slack. The street rate for a 10’x10’ self storage unit in Tempe stands around $127 per month. Whether you’re a college student, a family with young children, or a retiree relocating to Tempe, here’s why you might need to use self storage:

1. To enjoy a neat, decluttered home

There are many items you don’t use right now, but still want to preserve for the future. Maybe you’re holding on to some great furniture your bought (or inherited) until you move to your dream home. Or maybe you want to keep your baby clothing, furniture, and items, for when you’re ready to expand your family. Keeping such items at home takes away from your living space and limits the storage space at your disposal for the stuff you need to use on a daily basis.

A 5’x5’ storage unit is the right size if you are planning to store some boxes with stuff and a couple of pieces of small furniture. Get a larger, 10’x10’ unit, if you have larger items to store (appliances, several pieces of furniture, multiple boxes).

2. To protect your most valuable belongings

Self storage not only helps you enjoy more space in your home, but, if you get a climate-controlled unit, it also protects your belongings better than you would be able to at home. With the climate in Tempe, Arizona, being extremely hot for a good portion of the year, storing stuff in attics or garages is not really an option. A climate-controlled unit, on the other hand, ensures constant temperatures regardless of the weather outside, which goes a long way in preserving your belongings. Renting a climate-controlled storage unit in Tempe, Arizona, is a must if:

  • You are storing items long term.
  • You are storing valuable and delicate items, such as antiques, collectibles, artwork, or electronics.

3. For your camping and sports gear

There’s a vast array of outdoor activities and sports to practice in and around Tempe, including biking, camping, hiking, and golfing – there are actually over 90 golf courses within 20 miles of Tempe. However, finding space to store all that camping and sports gear can be a challenge, particularly if you’re living in an apartment. A self storage unit located close to your home allows you to enjoy your outdoorsy lifestyle without sacrificing your comfort at home.

4. To store your belongings over summer – for college students

Home to the Arizona State University, Tempe hosts around 70,000 college students during the school year – of course, most of them go back home during the summer. With dorm rooms generally not allowing items to be kept over summer, self storage becomes the simplest, most convenient solution. If you’re a college student in Tempe, contact storage facilities located close to the Arizona State University campus, such as University Drive Self Storage or Arizona Storage Inns, to store your dorm room belongings over the summer.

5. To help you grow your business

Small businesses can benefit a lot from using self storage –  storage space can be a big issue if you’re a small accounting firm with many files to keep or an independent contractor with plenty of tools. Self storage can help your business reduce the expenses associated with renting extra office space or commercial warehouse space. You can rent self storage units located close to your place of business – the leases are on a month-to-month basis, and you can rent as many, or as few, units as you need.

What other reasons do you have for using self storage? Let us know in the comments!


Maria Gatea is a real estate and lifestyle editor for Yardi with a background in Journalism and Communication. After covering business and finance-related topics as a freelance writer for 15 years, she is now focusing on researching and writing about the real estate industry. You may contact Maria via email.

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