2019 Simply Self Storage Review

The bottom line: Although its locations are limited, there are plenty of reasons to give Simply Self Storage a shot if you live near one of its facilities.

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

See where Simply Self Storage ranks on our Best Self-Storage Companies list.

In the self-storage world, Simply Self Storage isn’t the biggest dog in the park—it’s more like the playful pup that happens to be within petting distance.

But a dog’s a dog, right? Well, yes—but let’s be honest, some dogs are just better than others.

Bad analogies aside, Simply Self Storage offers everything you need in a self-storage facility—but limited availability means it’s only an option for about half of the country.

If you do live near one of its facilities, however, you’re in luck.

Simply Self Storage’s wide range of storage features and unit sizes makes it well worth considering. After all, it did earn a spot on our best self-storage companies list.

Pros

  • Automatically applies insurance coverage to your unit
  • Offers climate-controlled units
  • Offers outdoor vehicle storage and RV and boat parking

Cons

  • Has fewer locations than other national self-storage companies
  • Doesn’t guarantee pest protection for its units
  • Doesn’t clearly identify storage units designated for vehicle storage online
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FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU

FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU

Since Simply Self Storage has facilities in just twenty-five states and Puerto Rico, we suggest reviewing its handy location map to see if you have one near you.

What services does Simply Self Storage offer?

Although Simply Self Storage isn’t as large as some of the other national self-storage brands, it still offers features you won’t find at Uncle Joe’s Storage Co. down the road.

Standout features

  1. It offers climate-controlled storage.
  2. Storage unit sizes range from mini storage to boat storage.
  3. It automatically applies insurance coverage to your unit (for a small fee).

Services Simply Self Storage offers

  • Indoor storage
  • Drive-up storage
  • Convenient access hours
  • Month-to-month contracts
  • Online rental discounts
  • Online reservations
  • Enclosed, uncovered vehicle storage
  • RV and boat parking
  • Online storage size guides
  • Moving and packing supplies
  • Truck rentals
  • Carts and dollies
  • On-site managers
  • Video surveillance
  • Electronic gates with coded access
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JUST SO YOU KNOW

JUST SO YOU KNOW

Simply Self Storage’s features vary from one location to another—a common yet annoying reality in the self-storage industry. Before you reserve your unit online, call your local facility to make sure it offers the features you need.

How much does Simply Self Storage cost?

Just like its features, Simply Self Storage’s rental rates vary from one part of the country to the next. Need to store all of your clothes that “have to come back into style eventually?” You’ll likely pay less in Kansas City than in Seattle.

Despite these cost differences, the basic factors that determine your rate remain the same throughout the country.

Storage size

Storage size is the largest contributing factor to your monthly rental rate. Large storage units tend to command higher prices, while small units generally don’t exceed $100 per month (don’t worry, they’re usually far less expensive than that).

Storage features

Storage features come next in the storage pricing equation.

Do you need an indoor unit? That’ll cost extra. Do you need climate-controlled storage? That’ll cost extra. Do you need first-floor access? You get the picture.

Online discounts

Reserving your storage unit online often earns you a pretty nice discount on your monthly rent. For instance, we found a 5′ x 10′ unit in Georgia discounted from $91 per month to just $77 per month when booked online.

In addition to online rate discounts, Simply Self Storage often runs promotions that provide your first month’s rent for free or provide rental credits when you refer a friend to rent a unit.

Simply Self Storage cost range

Storage typeStandard storageClimate-controlled storageVehicle storage
Monthly rental rate$25–$350
$40–$530

$75–$550
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Storage type
Monthly rental rate
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Standard storage Climate-controlled storage Vehicle storage
$25–$350
$40–$530

$75–$550
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Simply Self Storage offers climate-controlled storage

Standard outdoor storage units are great for keeping the sun and rain off your belongings, but they’re far from ideal for maintaining an even temperature.

That’s where climate-controlled storage comes in.

Simply Self Storage’s climate-controlled units keep your odds and ends from getting too warm or too chilly by keeping the temperature between sixty and eighty degrees.1

While this might not matter if you’re storing a collection of steel anvils or you just need a place to stash your stuff for a few weeks during an overly ambitious “weekend” remodeling project, huge temperature swings can wreak havoc on the majority of household items when they are stored long-term.

Items that need climate-controlled storage

  • Indoor furniture
  • Household appliances
  • Musical instruments
  • Clothing
  • Artwork and printed photographs
  • Collections and items of significant value

The fact that Simply Self Storage offers climate-controlled storage doesn’t really set it apart from other national self-storage brands.

And honestly, that’s okay.

Simply Self Storage’s climate control is on par with what most major self-storage companies offer, and that’s all it needs to be—good enough to get the job done.

Simply Self Storage offers plenty of storage unit sizes

When it comes to storage, one size doesn’t fit all. So it’s a good thing that Simply Self Storage has plenty of storage unit sizes to choose from.

Simply Self Storage’s size guide outlines eight unit sizes, although you can find plenty of other options on each specific location’s reservation page. Here’s a quick rundown of its most common sizes:

  • 5′ x 5′
  • 5′ x 10′
  • 5′ x 15′
  • 10′ x 10′
  • 10′ x 15′
  • 10′ x 20′
  • 10′ x 25′
  • 10′ x 30′

It has a useful size guide

Unless you’ve been bitten by a radioactive tape measure and can magically sense the cubic measurements of any object you choose, seeing a storage unit’s dimensions won’t help you understand how much stuff will fit inside.

Luckily, Simply Self Storage has one of the most useful storage size guides we’ve come across in our research.

Not only does the guide explain the basic dimensions of each unit, but it also offers three pieces of information we found especially useful:

  1. A 3-D diagram showing how many items each unit can hold
  2. A comparison of how many rooms’ worth of furniture each unit can hold
  3. A written description of the types of items you should expect to fit in each unit

While your needs might vary slightly from the examples in Simply Self Storage’s size guide, we think it’s a great place to start when you’re deciding which unit is best for you.

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WORD OF WARNING

WORD OF WARNING

Simply Self Storage doesn’t clearly advertise any of its indoor storage units as vehicle storage. It does inform you when uncovered vehicle storage is available, but that’s about it.

If you’re looking to store a car, boat, or RV indoors, you’ll likely have to call your local facility to see if it has a storage unit that can accommodate your needs.

Simply Self Storage automatically insures your storage unit

Whether your belongings are in for a short stint at the storage facility or you plan on storing them until Kid President actually runs for president, you need storage insurance.

Most self-storage companies require you to insure your storage unit in one of two ways:

  1. Use your existing homeowners insurance, or . . .
  2. Purchase self-storage insurance through your storage facility

Simply Self Storage, on the other hand, takes care of this choice for you through its Safeguard Program, which automatically applies $2,000 in coverage to your unit.

Although this perk comes with a small fee (usually less than $10 per month), it goes a long way toward covering any loss or damage to your unit—especially if you don’t already have a homeowners insurance plan you can use.

Even if you do carry a homeowners policy, however, the Safeguard Program’s $2,000 coverage limit acts as a nice buffer to save you from any premium increases that might result from an unexpected claim.

We definitely appreciate this benefit—it’s one less thing you have to think about—but you can always opt out of the Safeguard Program and choose the coverage option that makes the most sense for you.

Our recommendation

Simply Self Storage offers everything you’d want in a self-storage facility, but limited availability may steer you in a different direction.

We don’t want that to scare you away, however. If you do live near a Simply Self Storage facility, its standout features are well worth your consideration as you narrow down your options:

  • It can preserve your belongings with climate-controlled storage.
  • It has plenty of storage size options to fit your needs.
  • It offers automatic insurance coverage for your storage unit.

Overall, Simply Self Storage is a solid self-storage option that ranks among the best self-storage companies in the industry.

Have you rented a self-storage unit from Simply Self Storage? Let our readers know about your experience in the comments below!

Sources

  1. Simply Self Storage, “Climate-Controlled Storage

About Colin Holmes

Colin Holmes
Colin Holmes is no stranger to moving: he’s done so five times in the last five years, and he’s used his expertise to help over 185,000 readers plan their moves in the last year alone. As a former journalist and documentary interviewer, Colin brings a wealth of research experience to Move.org.