It's often true that the same storage unit at the same storage facility will cost significantly more or less in April than it does in November. That's because self storage is a seasonal industry. The low season generally lasts from October through March, with prices kicking up in April and hitting their high from May to September. Memorial Day weekend marks the definitive end to the low season. The following Tuesday is often so busy that it's popularly known as 'Crazy Tuesday' within the self storage industry. 5x5 and 5x10 units often see wider seasonal swings, primarily due to college students renting these smaller sizes when they leave town for the summer. College towns will be particularly affected by this.
Seasonality doesn't affect prices in San Marcos as much as it does other cities, meaning there's less of a difference in price between low and high seasons. Despite the fact that seasonal price changes are less of a risk in San Marcos, they're not impossible, so a good idea might be to play it safe and lock in your rate for the entirety of your stay, if possible. Storage prices are at their highest in San Marcos during the month of July, where they hit an average price of $128.04, while prices are at their lowest in November, where they go for a low $64.93 a month.
Some of the most successful storage finds occur when the storage seeker includes nearby towns, suburbs, and neighborhoods in their search. It could indeed be that a facility just a mile or two outside of town offers a much lower rate, but you won't find that facility unless you include a wider area in your search. While it's true that accessing the unit will be more cumbersome the farther it is away, the potential savings could make you complacent with any extra inconvenience. We've had our analysts go over the data on self-storage (sometimes known as public self storage or mini storage) in San Marcos to see how it compares with other cities in its state.
San Marcos's average price of $103.34 a month for a unit ranks it as the 70th most expensive city for self-storage in California, which itself ranks as the 9th most expensive state for storage. In general, storage units in San Marcos go for $11.98 more than the state average of $91.36.
But average prices don't necessarily tell you how affordable storage is in a given city, as money goes further in some states than it does in others. That's why we've developed a 'relative price' scale that takes state median income into account. In California, the median income is $54,681.00 a year, which would make the average $103.34 unit in San Marcos cost 2.27% of a median earner's monthly income. This is a relatively-large percentage of income compared to other cities in California, ranking in at the 72nd percentile statewide. We have to conlude from this that storage in San Marcos is somewhat expensive.
In addition to being very expensive at the state level, storage in San Marcos is also very expensive on the national scale, ranking at the 76th percentile when compared to other cities nationwide. To put that in more concrete terms, storage in San Marcos should cost an average of $31.19 more than the national average price of 72.15.
More facilities in an area mean more options, with some cities offering storage-searchers a wide range and others one that's much more narrow. When it comes to the number of facilities operating in San Marcos, how many options are available?
According to our estimates, there are approximately 26 storage businesses operating facilities in San Marcos. Other cities in California average only 9 storage facilities, 17 less than what's available in San Marcos, which means San Marcos is home to a large number of storage businesses. Out of all 253 cities in California listed on the SelfStorage.com network, San Marcos ranks as the 14th-highest in terms of number of storage businesses, accounting for 1.19% of facilities. But what about on a national scale? Even then, San Marcos has more storage facilities than the average city, 17 more than the average 9, to be exact.
On the other hand, comparing the total number of storage facilities in one city to another irrespective of the number of people that live in each city makes little sense, even when we're comparing San Marcos to other cities in California. Are the 26 facilities in San Marcos sufficient at supplying the 80,699 people who call it home with enough extra storage space? As it turns out, San Marcos actually does have a large amount of storage space for its size. Nationwide, cities with populations of 50,000 to 100,000 have an average 11 storage facilities, which is of course 15 less than the 26 found in San Marcos. When we next look at San Marcos's actual per person self-storage facility count, our former conclusions seem to be demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt: the San Marcos community has plenty of facilities for its size. The 80,699 residents of San Marcos have 26 self-storage facilities to choose between, which on a per capita basis ranks them in the 64th percentile nationwide. That's a relatively-high amount of space for each person living in San Marcos. Compared to other cities in its state, San Marcos still offers its inhabitants more storage space than most other cities, placing at the 86th percentile for California cities.
Finally, it also seems that San Marcos is undergoing a high level of population growth. According to the US Census, San Marcos grew by 44.4% from 2000 to 2010, 34.4% more than the 10% growth California saw. The new demand created by population growth might overwhelm the storage industry in some cities, but keep in mind that despite that growth, San Marcos still offers a high number of facilities per person and should thus be better equiped to meet any added demand.
Just as home prices will differ from neighborhood to neighborhood in San Marcos, so will self-storage rates. Searching for storage in the 78666 ZIP code should yield the cheapest rental rates, as units there average $100.66 a month, lower than anywhere else in San Marcos. You probably won't be finding the best deal on storage in the 92078 ZIP code in San Marcos, which with an average price of $140.76 a unit is the most pricey place in town.
It's nearly impossible to know what a good monthly rate on a storage unit is if you don't know what kind of prices to expect in San Marcos. Past experience booking storage in other cities can be misleading, as average prices will be totally different in other cities--even other cities in CA. But don't worry: SelfStorage.com has all the data you need in order to go into your storage search well informed.
You should expect to pay an average of $103.34 a month for self storage in San Marcos. At that rate, staying in a unit for a year would cost about $1240.08, in case you need storage for a long period of time. Now, that number doesn't discriminate by unit size, instead averaging all together, so it shouldn't be taken as an incredibly accurate figure. The prices you'll actually see on units will largely depend upon their size. The standard sizes of storage units available in San Marcos include 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. In San Marcos, the average monthly rental rate for each standard size is:
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Searching for an astoundingly-cheap self storage unit in San Marcos, CA? November is the best month of the year to find cheap storage, and prices are least expensive in the 78666 ZIP code. The least optimal time to search for storage is in July, when prices are at their acme, and be mindful of the fact that 92078 area has the worst prices.
San Marcos, CA self storage typically costs between $36 and $195 a month. Storage is currently in stock.
If you’re considering buying/selling a home instead of renting, it’s crucial to find a storage unit that will last you through the purchase or sale process. Especially when, according to Zillow, San Marcos had an average home value of $494,000 which in the past year is up 0.178%.