Self Storage in Sarasota, FL: Frequently Asked Questions
Which ZIP codes in Sarasota offer the best deals on self-storage units? Which offer the worst rates?
Prices on self storage in Sarasota can change substantially with a few minutes drive in any direction. Focus your storage search on the 34240 ZIP code of Sarasota, where units rent for an average $102.53 a month, the lowest in the entire city. Storage is most expensive in the 34236 ZIP code, where you should expect to pay about $194.90 a month for a unit.
How much does a Sarasota, FL storage unit typically cost?
It's hard to tell a good price on storage from a great one when you're unaware of how much self storage in Sarasota should cost in the first place. 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 go into your storage search as informed as possible, we've had our storage analysts go over all the data on Sarasota we have available.
Prices on storage in Sarasota average $78.67 per month. That monthly rate would come out to a yearly rate of $944.04, should you be thinking of renting long term. It's important to note here that that average price does include all standard storage unit sizes. Prices for different unit sizes are, of course, quite different from one another. In Sarasota you'll have the option of booking six standard storage unit sizes, such as 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20, and 10x30. The following are the average prices for each size:
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What's storage facility coverage like in Sarasota, FL? Are there plenty of facilities to choose from, or only a few?
Over the course of your search you'll likely be comparing a number of facilities against one another to find the right option for you. Most would agree that the more storage businesses there are to compare, the better. After all, who doesn't like options? So does Sarasota offer plenty of options when it comes to different storage facilities?
According to our estimates, there are approximately 34 storage businesses operating facilities in Sarasota. Florida averages 10 facilities per city, meaning that Sarasota is home to 24 more facilities than others in its state, which is of course a significantly-high number. Indeed, Sarasota ranks as the 9th city out of the 173 cities on our network in Florida in terms of number of storage facilities, accounting for a whopping 2.06% of facilities in the state. When compared against the national average of 9 storage facilities in each city, Sarasota still offers a full 25 more than the average.
Since, however, there are huge disparities in population between Sarasota and other cities in Florida, comparing the number of storage businesses in each tells us very little. Are the 34 facilities in Sarasota sufficient at supplying the 52,025 people who call it home with enough extra storage space? As it turns out, Sarasota 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 23 less than the 34 found in Sarasota. When we next look at Sarasota's actual per person self-storage facility count, our former conclusions seem to be substantiated beyond any reasonable doubt: the Sarasota community has plenty of facilities for its size. On a storage facilities per capita basis, Sarasota ranks in the 82nd percentile nationwide, meaning that it has a very high number of facilities for each resident compared with other cities. Is Sarasota still a city with a fairly-large amount of storage space for its population compared to others in Florida? Indeed, it is, placing into the 82nd percentile among cities in Florida.
Finally, it bears mentioning that Sarasota has been experiencing a downward trend in population growth in recent years, losing 0.9% of its population from 2000 to 2010, according to the US Census. Meanwhile, the rest of Florida as a whole saw a population increase of 17.6% over that same period. Such a low growth rate relative to other cities in Florida, not to mention its higher number of facilities per capita than most of those cities, would seem to make Sarasota a high supply but low demand city for storage, which of course is ideal for anyone seeking to book a unit there.
Is self storage in Sarasota pricey?
It's often true that certain areas in a city offer much lower storage rental rates than others. The more expansive your search, the more facilities you'll be able to compare, and the more options you'll have. The sum you'll save each month could totally be worth the extra drive, especially if you'll only need to visit your unit on the rare occasion. But is it worth expanding your search, or is self-storage (commonly called mini storage or public storage) cheaper in Sarasota than its surroundings? We asked the analysts at SelfStorage.com to find out.
Sarasota's average price of $78.67 a month for a unit ranks it as the 64th most expensive city for self-storage in Florida, which itself ranks as the 15th most expensive state for storage. When searching for storage in Sarasota, expect to pay $0.04 more than Florida's average price of $78.63.
These average prices don't necessarily tell you how affordable storage in one city is compared to another, as the cost of living changes from place to place. We use our 'relative price' scale to calculate the relative affordability of storage in a given area using the state median income. The median income in Florida is $45,281.00, which means the average storage unit in Sarasota would require 2.08% of a median earner's monthly income. When we compare this storage price as a percent of income to other cities in Florida, we find that it ranks in the 61st percentile, making it a fairly expensive place to rent storage.
In addition, storage in Sarasota is also somewhat expensive on the national scale, ranking at the 70th percentile compared to other cities across the nation. Expect to pay $6.52 more than the national average of $72.15 when searching for self storage in Sarasota.
Are storage rental rates seasonal? Do storage unit prices in Sarasota, FL change depending on the time of year?
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 high season typically begins in April or May and lasts till August or September, with prices dropping back down to their lowest in the late fall and winter. Known to some in the industry as 'Crazy Tuesday,' the day following Memorial Day is typically the busiest of the year for storage and brings the high season into full swing. College students looking for a place to keep their things during the summer holiday can also have an effect on high season prices, pushing up prices on smaller units in particular, which is something to keep in mind if you live in a college town.
Expect the price of a storage unit to remain relatively stable throughout the year in Sarasota. According to our numbers, seasonal demand is not as extreme here as in other cities on our network. Still, booking during the low season and locking in your price with the facility is an important part of getting a good deal on self storage. Your chances of getting a low price on a storage unit in Sarasota are highest during November, when the average rental rate drops to a low $65.49. Your chances are lowest during August, which with an average price of $121.07 is the most expensive time to book a unit.
SELF STORAGE IN SARASOTA, FL: THE BOTTOM LINE
Trying to reserve the absolute cheapest self storage unit in Sarasota, FL? November is when prices are lowest on storage, while the cheapest units can be found in the 34240 ZIP code. The least optimal time to search for storage is in August, when unit prices reach their apex, and be attentive to the fact that the 34236 area is the priciest.