We’ve searched the Peach State far and wide to bring back today’s Deep Deals on Atlanta storage units. Our focus was on Medium 5×10 storage units, and boy did we find us some peaches–two to be precise. Deals just don’t get juicier than these two.
Remember, the purpose of our weekly Deep Deals isn’t just to highlight the best offers on storage in a given city, but also to prove a point: that because storage facilities feature different kinds of offers, monthly price shouldn’t be the only thing you consider when making your decision. Most special deals are based on the amount of time you stay in the unit. Storage facilities have different goals when it comes to keeping tenants for a period of time–some want to hook you in for a shorter stint and so offer great move-in offers (like $1 for the first month), while some would prefer you to stay for three-or-four months and so spread their specials out over that period of time (like 50%-off the first three months). Whichever is the best deal for you is based upon how long you plan on staying. We’ve chosen two such specials to compare in order to help you plan ahead.
The first facility we’ve chosen is Metro Self Storage-Decatur, where 5×10 units are going for a low $36 a month. But awesome price isn’t even the juiciest part of the deal–it’s their offer of the first month for just $1 that caught our eye. That’s right: a month in a 5×10 storage unit for just $1. They’re basically giving that space away!
But if you think that’s a delicious deal, try this one: SmartStop-Austel Rd. is offering a 5×10 unit for just $39 a month. “But that’s $3 more!” you might be saying–true, but you didn’t let us finish: your first three months will come at half off. That’s right, 50% off the sticker price of the first three months–that’s just $19.50 a month, less than most 5×5 units.
So which is the best deal for you–$36 a month with a $1 first month, or $39 a month with the first three months half-off? In the end, it all depends on how long you want to stay.
As you can see in our graph, anyone looking to rent a storage unit in Atlanta for two months would do best with Metro Self-Storage, where that $1 first month brings the two month total to just $37. But after two months things begin to change. In the third month (November in the graph) that 50%-off for the first three months at SmartStop begins to kick in. SmartStop’s unit will cost just $58.50 for the first three months compared to Metro’s $73. SmartStop will hold its lead as the most affordable option all the way up to the seventh month (March). At that point Metro has almost caught up–it’s seven-month totals come in at $217 vs. SmartStop’s $214.50. In the next month Metro will finally become the more affordable option again: at $253 for eight months it will be fifty cents cheaper than SmartStop. Metro will continue from then on to be more affordable than SmartStop. After eleven months Metro will cost just $361 to SmartStop’s $370.50.
So what can we take away from this? If you’re planning on renting a storage unit in Atlanta for two months or more than seven months, Metro Self-Storage-Decatur is the choice for you. But if you’re in Atlanta and planning on renting a unit for between three and seven months then SmartStop-Austel Rd. has the best deal on offer for you. Always remember to plan ahead–knowing how long you’ll be staying in the unit is key to finding the best deal on storage.
Brian Shreckengast is a writer at Self Storage Deals.