Self Storage in Birmingham: FAQ
Are self storage prices in Birmingham, AL lower in certain seasons? Should I book my unit in the spring, summer, fall or winter to get the best deal?
As self storage is a seasonal industry, the rates you're seeing now may be very different from those on the same unit at the same facility a few months down the road. This seasonality, which is primarily generated by national moving patterns, hits its zenith in the late spring and early summer, and its nadir in the fall and winter. The single busiest day for self-storage businesses is typically the notorious 'National Moving Day' (which facility operators have dubbed 'Crazy Tuesday' for the chaotic scene at many facilities) the day after Memorial Day. Cities with high proportions of university students may see more pronounced seasonal highs and lows, as many students book storage units during the summer.
There's not as much of a difference between prices during the high and low seasons in Birmingham as there is in other cities, meaning seasonality is less of a concern here. Even though you shouldn't have to worry as much about your rates changing later in the year, it's always best to lock in your rate with the facility if possible. You're most likely to get a good deal on a storage unit in Birmingham during the month of May, when the average price is at its lowest, $37.25 a month. You're least likely to get a good deal in February, when the average price is a high $120.49.
Which ZIP codes in Birmingham have the best bargains on storage units? Which have the worst bargains?
Just as real estate prices do, storage prices can change from one block in Birmingham to the next. The cheapest neighborhood for storage in Birmingham is within the 35217 ZIP code, where prices average $62.22 a month. Storage is most pricey in the 35210 ZIP code, where you should expect to pay about $140.87 a month for a unit.
Is self storage in Birmingham cheap?
Some of the most successful storage finds occur when the storage seeker includes nearby towns, suburbs, and neighborhoods in their search. A more expansive search could help uncover some hidden storage gems. The extra drive to the facility could very well be worth the monthly savings. Knowing whether or not you should look in nearby cities depends on whether or not self-storage (sometimes called mini storage or public self storage) in those cities is less expensive than in Birmingham. We've gone ahead and figured that out for you.
Birmingham is the 5th most expensive city for self storage in the state of Alabama, with the average price of a storage unit there coming in at $78. Alabama itself is the 42nd most expensive state for storage. To give you a better idea of what this means, Birmingham's average price is $21.04 more than the state average of $56.96.
An average price alone, however, doesn't tell you if storage is or isn't more affordable in one city versus another, as the cost of living will also be different. In order to establish some kind of index of affordability for Birmingham storage, we've developed a 'relative price' scale which takes the cost of living in terms of state median income into account. The median income in Alabama is $42,407.00, which means the average storage unit in Birmingham would require 2.21% of a median earner's monthly income. As a percentage of income, storage in Birmingham is very expensive according to our scale, its relative price ranking in at the 83rd percentile in Alabama.
The same holds true on a national scale, where storage in Birmingham is comparatively somewhat expensive, ranking at the 74th percentile among cities nationwide. The national average monthly price of a storage unit is $72.15. Depending on the size of unit you rent and the time of year, you should expect to pay approximately $5.85 more than that for self storage in Birmingham.
How many self-storage locations are there in Birmingham? Should I have trouble finding a facility?
When it comes to finding self-storage, the more really is the merrier: more storage businesses in your area means more unit options available, and more options mean a greater chance you'll be able to choose a unit that satisfies your storage needs. In terms of the number of storage businesses in Birmingham, are there plenty of options available, or few?
There are 39 total storage facilities in Birmingham, AL on the SelfStorage.com network. Other cities in Alabama average only 13 storage facilities, 26 less than what's available in Birmingham, which means Birmingham is home to a large number of storage businesses. Birmingham also boasts the 3rd highest count of storage facilities out of all 26 cities in Alabama, making up 11.31% of the state's facility count. The same holds true on a national level: Birmingham is home to 30 more facilities than the US average of 9 facilities per city.
Since, however, there are huge disparities in population between Birmingham and other cities in Alabama, comparing the number of storage businesses in each tells us very little. How, then, does Birmingham with its 230,131 people compare to cities of a like size? On average, cities with populations of 100,000 to 250,000 have 18 storage businesses listed on our self-storage network. That's 21 fewer than Birmingham's 39. In other words, it's pretty clear that Birmingham offers a great amount of storage space for its size. One might well argue that comparing Birmingham to cities of a like size doesn't necessarily show that there are a great number of facilities for the size of its population, and that a better measure would be facilities per capita. And indeed, per capita data seems to have opposed our findings. On a self-storage facilities per-person basis, Birmingham ranks in the 43rd percentile among cities across the United States. In other words, there's not exactly a ton of extra storage space for the 230,131 people living there. Even if we restrict our scope of comparison to the state level, Birmingham doesn't seem to offer its population as much storage space as other cities do, attaining a low rank in the 12th percentile for facilities per capita among cities in Alabama.
To conclude our discussion of storage facilities per capita, it's worth noting that Birmingham's population has been dwindling over the past few years. In the decade span between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, Birmingham experienced a 4.9% decrease in inhabitants. During that same span, however, the state of Alabama took on 7.5% more people. Remember, though, that while relatively fewer people are moving into Birmingham and generating additional demand for storage, there's already a shorter supply of that storage than in most other cities in Alabama, as Birmingham had a low level of facilities per capita for its state.
What's the average price of a storage unit in Birmingham?
Searching for a storage unit in Birmingham without knowing how much one should cost is no way to go about finding a good deal. Average prices varying as they do from place to place, the only valuable comparison you can make is with other storage facilities in the area. In order to help you along your storage search the analysts at SelfStorage.com have crunched the numbers and processed the data so that you can know what kind of prices to expect.
Rental rates average $78 a month for a storage unit in Birmingham. For those looking for a long term storage solution, that's an average of $936 a year. It's important to note here that that average price does include all standard storage unit sizes. Larger units can be more than twice as expensive as the smaller sizes. There are six standard sizes of storage units in Birmingham, including: 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. In Birmingham, the average price for each standard size is:
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THE BOTTOM LINE ON BIRMINGHAM SELF STORAGE:
Are you looking for an astoundingly-cheap self storage unit in Birmingham, AL? May is the best month to find inexpensive storage, while the cheapest units can be found in the 35217 ZIP code. The least optimal time to search for storage is in February, when storage prices reach their climax, and be alert to the fact that the 35210 area is costlier than other areas.