Prices on self storage units can change dramatically from month to month over the course of the year, spiking higher or dipping lower depending on the season. The high season lasts from late spring to late summer, the most popular period for those moving into a new home. 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. 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.
Those looking for storage in Columbia shouldn't have to worry as much about seasonal prices swings, as according to our data these swings are much less extreme here than elsewhere. Despite the low level of seasonality, those looking for a self storage unit may still want to lock in their price at the time of booking. Your chances of getting a low price on a storage unit in Columbia are highest during January, when the average rental rate drops to a low $78.99. Your chances are lowest during May, which with an average price of $107.99 is the most expensive time to book a unit.
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, Columbia had an average home value of $195,000 which in the past year is up 0.008%.