It's no big surprise that renting storage space costs more in Sydney ($800 per month for a garage-sized space) than anywhere else. But it might surprise you to learn that independent storage providers are generally cheaper than national chains.
The data comes from a survey by SpaceOut, the site we featured earlier this month which lets you rent out spare space in your home. One notable finding was the difference in price between large storage chains and independent operators:
Independently owned self storage facilities tend to be priced around 25% lower than self storage facility chains. The national average for large chains for a 3x7 metre storage unit is $389 a month and the same space from independent facilities averages at just $273 per month.
Many readers were decidedly cool on the SpaceOut concept, but if you decide to stick with commercial space renters, at least you'll know now how much wallet shock you're likely to be up for. Hit the link for a state-by-state breakdown of costs.