Choosing the perfect self-storage unit – A beginner’s Guide

Published on 2/16/2018

For most people the process of moving to a new place can be a very trying and stressful life event. Sometimes we move on our own accord, other times life happens and we find ourselves forced to leave the place we’ve called home for many years.

At Affordable Mini Storage we believe that the process of renting a storage unit should be the last thing you need to worry about. Our user friendly website, convenient location, and knowledgeable staff will help make the process seamless and trouble free.



For some people this is a bit more important than others. If you need to frequently access your unit you may want to make sure that the storage facility you choose is conveniently located near your home or place of work. A person needing frequent access to their belongings may want to consider units with 24 hour access, drive up units or units on the first floor of the property to lessen the amount of time they spend accessing their storage locker, even if these units cost a little more than the others.

Other people store things because they are traveling abroad or a loved one passed and they need to sell the house. For some of these people amenities may prove more important than location as they may not need access to their belongings for extended periods of time. Higher up on their list of concerns would be climate and pest control as well as an affordable protection plan to insure their goods. Again it all depends on your particular needs. Not to worry as your space requirements change you can easily transfer from one unit to the next and your balance will carry over.  Our facility is conveniently located right off of I-40 and is just a short commute from Smithfield, Clayton, Raleigh, Cary and Knightdale.


One common mistake people make when they reserve a storage unit online is they tend to shop by price and completely throw common sense to the wind. If you know that you need to store 2+ bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen would it then be logical to assume you can fit all of that into a $60 dollar unit just because it is on sale? There is a difference between shopping smart and setting yourself up for disappointment and failure.

So while everyone always wants to get the best deal in town, it should not be done at the expense of logic and sound judgement. Cramming your things into a unit that is obviously too small won’t work either. After you’re done damaging everything, you’ll mostly still need to take it all back out and transfer to a bigger unit. By then you’d owe your movers a fortune, and what an epic waste of time and energy! It is always a better idea to get rid of or donate things you don’t need rather than trying to stretch the limits of a small storage unit.

Unit Size: 5’x10′ (50 sq. ft.)
Accommodates couch, chair, and chest of drawers. Comparable to a walk-in closet.

Unit Size: 10’x10′ (100 sq. ft.)
Accommodates furnishings for a one bedroom apartment with appliances. Comparable to a mid-size bedroom.

Unit Size: 10’x15′ (150 sq. ft.)
Accommodates furnishings for a two bedroom apartment or a small house without appliances. Comparable to a large bedroom.

Unit Size: 10’x20′ (200 sq. ft.)
Accommodates furnishings for a small house with appliances, or a car or small truck. Comparable to a small one car garage.

Unit Size: 10’x25′ (250 sq. ft.)
Accommodates furnishings for a two bedroom house with appliances, or a car, truck or boat. Comparable to a standard one car garage.

Unit Size: 10’x30′ (300 sq. ft.)
Accommodates furnishings for a three bedroom house. Will hold the contents of a 40-foot moving van. Comparable to an extra-long garage.


We touched a little bit on this subject when discussing price but it is a very important part of your decision making process. The fact is that no two people store exactly the same things. For some people storing expensive leather furniture or client records, climate control may be an absolute must however for others amenities like that only sweeten the deal. The following is a list of amenities that Affordable Mini Storage offers. Use this as a guide so you too will know what to ask for.

Affordable Mini Storage of Garner Amenities

Ø package delivery services

Ø month to month leases with no security deposit

Ø 24 hour recorded digital security surveillance system, 10cameras, and individual gate access codes.

Ø Online account payments as well as a wide variety of payment options from every major credit card to money orders.

Ø Boxes and packing supplies available for purchase

Ø Climate control -We offer climate controlled units so the customer is always comfortable, regardless of the season. Climate control helps keep the humidity out and prevents furniture from warping and growing mildew. We recommend that if you are storing any furniture or valuable goods to use climate control storage.

Ø 24 hour/7 days a week access to your unit!


Because security is more than just an amenity we will include it as the last but certainly not least feature to look for when choosing a storage unit of your own.

We know how important your personal belongings are to each and every one of you and we’ve taken the appropriate steps to provide a secure environment for your belongings. 24 hour digital security cameras are positioned throughout the facility. Our facility is also brightly lit, both on the interior and on the exterior. A computerized monitoring system, displayed at our front desk, allows us to see activity throughout the property. We also provide high security disc locks which are extremely difficult to cut.

Congratulations! You are now a self-storage expert. If you made it this far into the article that means you have learned everything you need to know about renting a self-storage unit of your own. See you soon!