Minneapolis, MN: Top Things to Know About Storage

Jon Fesmire |

Top Things to Know About Self Storage in Minneapolis

The Extreme Weather

Perhaps the first thing to know about self-storage in Minneapolis is that, due to the freezing (and we mean really, really freezing) winters and hot, humid summers, you will more than likely need a unit with climate control. In January, average temperatures are 24 degrees during the day, and 8 at night, and in the summer, 83 degrees during the day and 64 at night. Fortunately, climate controlled storage is common in Minneapolis. Not only that, but you’ll be able to find facilities with 24 hour access, individual door alarms, and more.

Parades and Festivals

It seems that Minneapolis always has a parade or festival happening. In January, it’s the Winter Carnival, in February, the City of Lakes Loppet, in March, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and in April, events celebrating Earth Day. May has the In the Heart of the Beast Theatre May Day Parade, the Cinco De Mayo Fiesta, and Art-A-Whirl, and June, Grand Old Day, Juneteeth,The Stone Arch Festival of the Arts, and Twin Cities GLBT Pride Celebration, an event attended annually by half a million people. That’s only the first half of the year! That means two interesting things for Minneapolis. First, you’ll want to know about these festivals and if any are between you and your self-storage facility. If you need to go to it on a festival or parade day, it’s likely going to take longer to get there. Traffic will likely be heavy, and diverted from its normal route. Second, all these festivals and parades need to store their goods somewhere! Self-storage facilities around the city, often very large units, are used to keep safe many of the floats, booths, and decorations.

Drive-Up Storage

The closer you can get to your self-storage unit (or at least to the building containing your unit), the better. Why? Because in Minneapolis, winters get so intense that the city actually has walkways over streets, between buildings, to keep people from freezing. The summers are so hot and humid that at least sometimes you’ll want to avoid going outside altogether as well. A drive-up unit, or parking spaces right by the door to your storage building, can ensure that you don’t have to be outside for long. When comparing facilities, keep this in mind.

Heated Loading Docs

Drive-up storage is great, but in the winter, do you know what makes it better? Yes, heated loading docks! When you find a facility with this feature, treasure it. You’ll drive into the facility, park on the dock, and be able to unload your vehicle without shivering during those months when everyone just wants to stay indoors.

A Competitive Market

The self-storage market in Minneapolis is quite competitive. While in some cities facilities will not haggle over prices, you can compare prices in Minneapolis, then find facilities that will match the lowest price you find. What a great way to find a unit near you and make sure you get a deal!