When is the Self-Storage Busy Season?

Posted on March 11, 2020

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Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for moving and booking self-storage.

Spring is usually the time of year when people start to purge their belongings as a result of spring cleaning. It’s also the busiest season for garage and yard sales. However, according to statistics, summer can be just as busy a time of year for self-storage

With the days starting to warm, we look at the best times of year to book storage and what you should do when storage facilities in your community are full.


How do moving and storage relate? 

It’s true. Moving and storage go hand and hand. Like moving, the need for storage is often due to the three Ds (downsizing, divorce, and death), as well as needing a place to keep valuable belongings safe and accessible. According to the Canadian Association of Movers, the period between mid-June to September makes up 70 percent of the country's moving industry, with the busiest weekend occurring around Canada Day.


What are the reasons, besides moving, for booking storage in spring or summer?

While moving is one of the most popular reasons to book storage in the summer, some other reasons you may need a storage unit in spring or summer include: 

  • Renovating, remodelling
  • Storing seasonal items such as winter tires, skis, snowmobiles
  • Students moving out of a dorm, rental unit
  • Storing winter inventory such as Christmas decorations, extra stock


When should you book storage? 

While many may think fall and winter are the best times to rent storage units, that does not mean space will always be available, especially true if you are looking for boat or RV storage in Kelowna. The best thing you can do is to contact your storage provider to find out about availability. Some storage companies, such as Space Centre Storage in Kelowna, offer exclusive deals at the beginning of the season, such as their current Spring Cleaning Storage Promo for their 4-by-6-feet storage lockers.


What should I do when storage facilities are full?

There may be a rare occasion during the busy season when you are unable to find an available storage rental. If this is the case, there are alternatives. One option is to rent a storage container, such as a MI-BOX®. Available from Space Centre Storage to Kelowna and Vernon residents and businesses, a MI-BOX® is a portable container that is delivered to your door and then loaded at your convenience. You can keep your container on-site or have it picked up for warehousing in Space Centre Storage’s climate-controlled facility.


For more information, read MI-BOX® vs. Storage Units: Which is Better for You?


Space Centre Storage offers year-round indoor and outdoor storage at our secure facility in Kelowna. Contact us for full-service moving and storage, personal and commercial self-storage, MI-BOX® container rentals, as well as RV and boat storage. 

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