As self storage is a seasonal industry, the prices you're seeing now may be very different from those on the same unit at the same facility a few months down the road. Storage prices generally reach their peak during the period from May to September, coinciding with moving season. The high season comes into full swing on the day after Memorial Day, which is such a popular time to rent storage that those in the industry have taken to calling it 'Crazy Tuesday.' Smaller unit sizes are often more strongly affected by seasonality, as college students make up a decent portion of those moving in the summer and tend to book 5x5 and 5x10 units.
Seasonality seems to be a very low factor in West Des Moines self storage prices, with little change between high and low season prices. But even if price changes are less of a risk in West Des Moines, locking in a rate is almost always a smart, safe move. Storage prices are at their highest in West Des Moines during the month of January, where they hit an average price of $101.67, while prices are at their lowest in October, where they go for a low $50.87 a month.
Sometimes storage prices in the next town or suburb over are significantly cheaper than those in your immediate area. One of the best pieces of advice we can give customers looking for the cheapest storage in their area is to expand the breadth of their search. You might have to spend more on gas getting out to that unit, but the savings you'll be building up could totally compensate for that. But on the other hand, if we can show that self-storage (commonly known as mini storage or public self storage) is cheaper in West Des Moines than its surroundings, there's no reason to waste time looking elsewhere.
West Des Moines's average price of $101.67 a month for a unit ranks it as the 1st most expensive city for self-storage in Iowa, which itself ranks as the 36th most expensive state for storage. In more exact terms, storage in West Des Moines costs an average of $39.70 more than the average storage unit in Iowa, which goes for 61.97.
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. To give you a better idea of affordability, we've created a 'relative price' scale that estimates how expensive storage is for median income earners in that state. In Iowa, the median income is $50,391.00 a year, which would make the average $101.67 unit in West Des Moines cost 2.42% of a median earner's monthly income. When compared to storage price as a percent of income in other cities in Iowa, West Des Moines ranks in the 100th percentile, which means that self-storage here is quite expensive.
The same holds true on a national scale, where self-storage rates in West Des Moines are comparatively very expensive, ranking in at the 80th percentile among cities on our nationwide network. Nationwide, storage costs an average $72.15 a month. Expect to pay about $29.52 more than that for self storage in West Des Moines.
Your hunt for a cheap storage unit won't be easy if you don't know how much a unit in West Des Moines should cost. Storage prices can shift dramatically from one city to another, so knowing the standard for a specific area can be difficult without prior experience booking storage there. In order to prevent you from going into your storage search in the dark, we've had our analysts comb through all the data on West Des Moines storage you might need.
Rental rates on storage in West Des Moines average $101.67 per month. For you long-term storage seekers out there, that's about $1220.04 per year. This average does include all storage unit sizes, which means that it should be taken with a grain of salt. The amount you'll actually end up paying will depend on the size of the unit you decide to rent. The standard sizes of storage units available in West Des Moines include 5x5, 5x10, 10x10, Here are the average monthly rates for each standard unit size in West Des Moines:
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The more facilities there are in the area you're searching, the more options you'll have. So are there a large or small number of storage businesses operating in West Des Moines?
Based on our data, we estimate that there are about 5 storage facilities doing business in the West Des Moines, IA area. When compared to other cities in the state, West Des Moines offers a slightly-higher number of facilities, 1 more than the state average of 4 per city. Out of all 5 cities in Iowa listed on the SelfStorage.com network, West Des Moines ranks as the 3rd-highest in terms of number of storage businesses, accounting for 23.81% of facilities. West Des Moines's facility count doesn't look quite so high when it's placed on a national scale, where it's 4 facilities below the national average of 9.
But making comparisons between any cities, whether it be comparing West Des Moines to its neighbors in Iowa or on a national scale, isn't a very fruitful excercise when we ignore a city's population. We ought to be comparing West Des Moines, with its population of 56,954, to cities of similar size. Cities of similar size, as it turns out, offer more storage space than West Des Moines does. The average number of facilities for a city in the 50,000 to 100,000 population bracket is 11, which is 6 more than can be found in West Des Moines. Per capita measures seem to have validated our conclusion that West Des Moines is in possession of few storage businesses for its size. With 5 storage businesses serving a community of 56,954, West Des Moines ranks in the 22nd percentile for facilities per capita in cities nationwide. In other words, there's not a ton of extra storage space in West Des Moines, which may make your search for the perfect unit a more trying task. Even when we only compare West Des Moines to other cities in its state, it still appears to have relatively little self-storage space for the size of its population, coming in at the 25th percentile for facilities per capita among cities in Iowa.
We feel we should also mention the fact that West Des Moines has seen large population increases in the past decade, jumping 20.7% from 2000 to 2010. That's 16.6% more than the 4.1% growth the state of Iowa saw in total. Add that high rate of population growth to a low number of storage businesses per capita and you have a recipe for some very high levels of storage demand in West Des Moines, accompanied by high prices and low availability.
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, West Des Moines had an average home value of $187,900 which in the past year is up 0.032%.