There are 129 storage facilities in Los Angeles. Of course, if you’ve spent any time in the City of Angels, you know that it’s always wise to factor in the rest of the sun-soaked sprawl that sort-of-kind-of-pretty-much counts as Los Angeles, when it comes to searching for your ideal facility. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the country, and like all big cities, it’s been through good times and bad. Hopefuls say that Los Angeles is slowly recovering from the 2007 collapse. Unemployment is down, wages are up and even though housing prices are on the rise (a one bedroom apartment will run you $1,949 a month on average), we like to think that’s just a reflection of more west coast loving folks moving to town in search of California love. As a result of these positive changes in the economy, people in Los Angeles are buying more stuff (yes, even people besides the Kardashians) and for locals who live in $1,800 a month 400 square foot micro-apartments, the need for a place to put those extra toys is crucial. According to Trojan Storage, many facilities in Los Angeles are seeing higher occupancy rates. As a renter, this affects you big time. Be sure to hone in on your ideal storage facility and reserve your spot in advance so you’re not forced to endure the nightmare of commuting from your apartment in West Hollywood to your unit in El Segundo.
The average Los Angeles resident spends about 80 hours in traffic a year. While public transportation does exist, it’s not as widely available or as widely used as it is in other cities. This means that you should plan on accessing your storage unit by car. For folks like landscapers, who are one of the largest populations in Los Angeles that rents storage units for commercial needs, accessing via car is crucial anyway, as the kind of equipment needed to make a desert backyard into an oasis can’t exactly be transported on foot. Consider a unit with drive up access if like the talented landscapers of Los Angeles, you too have heavy stuff to move in and out of your storage unit. The difference between walking a few hundred yards versus a few feet while carrying a heavy box of books or a large piece of furniture is actually a lot longer than you think. Los Angeles is a driving city, so if you’ve got a car, you might as well enjoy some drive up storage access. And as for those 80 hours of sitting in traffic per year? Accept the fact that the short drive to your storage facility will sometimes take 45 minutes and plan accordingly. If this seems daunting, just take a deep breath and use the traffic time to practice your monologue for that audition.