There are various reasons why you might need to look into storage options, especially during the moving process. You may be moving from your old house before your new place is ready or if  you're down-sizing and your new home does not have enough room for all your treasured items you will need to consider storage. Whatever your situation there are different options that may work for you, read more below to find one that will work best for your situation.

Self Storage Facilities

These consist of mini-storage units where a monthly charge is incurred. Most have a variety of units in different sizes to accommodate your storage needs; if you are not sure of what size you may need, use this estimator to help determine the best size you may need.
Depending on the facility, access can be granted at specific times but some do have 24 hour access. Find a
self storage facility near you.

Container Storage

This type of storage can be used for long-term, portable storage. Many people refer to this type of storage as Pods, they are delivered to your home where you pack them and then can be stored at a storage center, and once you move to your new home, delivered at your doorstep for your convenience.  This can be a time and money saving solution because you only have to pack once, you don’t have to move your items to the storage facility and then again to your final destination.

Moving/Storage Facilities

Many moving companies offer storage as an extra service to their moving capabilities. This can be very convenient as they simply load up your possessions, take them back to their facility and store them for you rather than dropping them off at your new home. Then, when you're ready, they load them back up again and deliver them.

Important factors to consider when making your storage decision:

Location. It is important to consider the location to your residence and the time and expense associated with frequent visits to the location. 

Convenience. You will need to ask about the accessibility of your storage facility on weekends and evenings.  Some self storage facilities are 24 hours, but check first.

Security. Be certain you understand the security in the storage facility that you choose. How will your household goods be stored within the storage unit? What kind of security does the facility have both during regular business hours and after hours?

Insurance. While it is smart to ask about what would happen to your stored items in case of fire, flood or other natural disaster. Don’t assume the storage facility will cover your items if they are damaged or stolen. Check your homeowners or renters insurance policies to see if they will cover items kept in storage.

Whatever decision you make it is always a good idea to tour the facility before signing any contract in addition to asking the above questions. It is important to do your research, just like choosing a moving company, you want to be sure your things are in safe hands.

 

 

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