Are there any hidden fees associated with renting a storage unit?

Join us in this Flex TV episode to shed some light on hidden fees associated with renting storage units. Tune in as our Flexpert uncovers potential extra charges that renters might not know of or forget to consider before booking their unit, to ensure a transparent understanding of the overall costs involved in renting a […]

Today we have a question from Guy who wants to know, are there any hidden fees associated with renting a storage unit? That’s an excellent, excellent question. A lot of times storage providers will publish their really low rent price and they’ll just plaster it everywhere like you can get it for only this much, but they don’t show you what are all the fees associated with the rent. So then you might look at your bills and find a surprise charge you didn’t know was there. You want to avoid that. So listen, these are pretty much the things. So let me break it down for you. So the first thing you might want to take under consideration, and you might not have thought of, is a protection or insurance fee. If you’re storing your stuff in a portable storage unit, you’re definitely going to want to get protection or insurance. Now, some storage providers will actually mandatorily make you pay this, some will leave it up to you, but you have to know that that is an extra price that you might be paying. So these fees can be anywhere between about $20 and $50 or even more depending on the value of the contents you want to protect. So the protection or insurance fee can range from anywhere between $20 a month to about $50 a month or even more depending on the value of the stored contents that you want to cover. The second thing you might not have thought is locks. Not all storage units, when you rent them, come with locks complimentary from the company. Sometimes they will ask you to purchase your own lock, sometimes they will have the option of purchasing it from them. In either case, depending on the lock, the quality, the make, the type of it, you’re looking at anywhere between 10 bucks for like the simplest locks and 50 bucks for more sophisticated, higher protection locks. Another thing you have to take into consideration if you’re talking about a portable storage unit is you’re going to have to pay for delivery. Now this is not exactly a hidden charge because usually when you’re doing your booking process it will definitely appear on there, delivery costs this much. However, in a lot of websites I had noticed that they don’t mention the return price. So you want to always consider that if you’re paying for delivery, you’re going to be paying for redelivery, return delivery, pickup, whatever it’s called. You’re going to be paying probably about the same amount that you paid for initial delivery. So in conclusion, guys, there are some fees that are a little bit trickier to think of or notice if you don’t know that they’re going to be there. So my advice is while you’re booking and you’re talking to your rep, be very thorough, ask a lot of questions, and make sure you get a full picture of the price you’re about to pay.

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