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Old 03-05-2014, 01:13 PM   #1
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storage sticker shock

I am a somewhat meticulous person so when I plan to buy something I do a upfront cost, yearly and 5 year budget. I was expecting around 150 for quality storage but I was just quoted 330 a month for covered open air storage and 150 for uncovered open air in gravel.

I would be better off using the gravel fenced yard our home owners association has for us but I was really hoping to get a garage style parking.

I am now considering buying land or a garage because I see much more value in that than throwing away 330 a month. We have many more storage lots to get quotes from but I fear it will be closer to the 330 then my estimated 150. I haven't rented a storage space in years long term but I did have my boat for much less temporary and my boat dock + dry dock storage with electric was cheaper with more amenities.

Many of my costs are swapping the boat costs for rv costs but my initial guess that the airstream would be much less maintenance is starting to look false.
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:26 PM   #2
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It appears your location may be part of the issue. You may need to move!

The closer you get to the water, the more dear the real estate and insurance becomes. My area is in the 225 range for totally enclosed but that is not near the beach.
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:27 PM   #3
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Prices for these services will vary with local real estate price and economy. Perhaps if you extend your search further from home? Many have commercial covered storage in the <150/month range. There are several recent threads on the subject.
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Yea this one is close to my house and on the island. Mostly all trips I will make head towards 95 anyway and the ones I dont. 170 is only about 10 miles from 95. So I might check the I95 exit storage yards and see if it's any better. It's out of the flood plain and the population around is not as high. But that means I couldn't go stare at my new airstream on my lunch break
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I echo the location comment; I pay $40 a month for uncovered gravel in coastal NC.

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But that means I couldn't go stare at my new airstream on my lunch break
I pay 140/month (annual contract) for covered storage (12x40), no power. 60 miles from home!!
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I pay 140/month (annual contract) for covered storage (12x40), no power. 60 miles from home!!
I'd gladly take that deal....
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I pay $165 a month for a 30x20x15 covered/enclosed concrete-floored garage enclosure with electric. I fit both my 19ft 75th AND my 13ft Scamp (parked sideways) as well as a TON of other stuff in there.

I actually rent another a few spaces down exactly the same size where I store 4 vehicles as well as literally an amazing amount of music and PA equipment. The walls are beamed and I use the beams as shelves that go up to the top...packed with stuff. Great deal...it's like a garage away from home. Police regularly patrol and there are security cameras everywhere...and a car-wash on site!
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Yeah, I stopped at a storage place one time about 8 years ago to price out a spot. He wrote it on a sheet of paper then slid it over to me, which is never a good sign. $150/month. For a parking spot. I passed on the deal.
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You may try some small airports near you. Lot of hangars are sitting empty.
I pay $220 a month for mine.
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That's a GREAT idea! Never thought of that...
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You may try some small airports near you. Lot of hangars are sitting empty.
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There must be a law in CT against that as I've tried several smaller airport hangars - aircraft only. I even pitched that the Airstream is aluminum construction like an airplane just without the wings. I get smiles/laughs and a big fat "no can do".

There's a "storage condo" near me I could purchase for $40k but that's too rich for my blood. Oh well!
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There must be a law in CT against that as I've tried several smaller airport hangars - aircraft only. I even pitched that the Airstream is aluminum construction like an airplane just without the wings. I get smiles/laughs and a big fat "no can do".

There's a "storage condo" near me I could purchase for $40k but that's too rich for my blood. Oh well!
Try telling them you are buying a plane

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Real Estate realities

there is a 30% vacancy rate in my area on commercial property. Quite a lot of it is light industrial... an office upstairs and a garage door warehouse downstairs. You have to shop around - but find one with 70% of it's space empty and you can negotiate a decent deal. Of course you're going to get kicked out or have your rent go way up once they approach full occupancy, but some fool will build another one that'll be sitting empty for a couple of years!

Keep looking, there's a deal out there somewhere.

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