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Storage: 10 Qualifying Questions

It's pretty easy to run into storage problems during a move. You might experience a lull in living arrangements between the move, or maybe you're downsizing your home. You might even be relocating across state lines

This can make your move more difficult than it really should be. This article will take you through some important tips that will make your packing, storage and over all moving experience as easy as it should be.

Yard Sale

You're going to be paying for the space that every item takes up. If an item has low sentimental value, won't be used or could stand to be replaced considering selling it. A good way to get rid of unwanted clutter and reduce the storage space you'll need is to hold a yard sale.

Consider Your Storage

There are numerous types of storage options available to the average movee. Some of the most popular area:

Self Storage: The cheapest option available to most people. Most every town will have several gated self storage facilities. With this option you will need to provide your own transportation, muscle and packing materials. With Self Storage you rent a locker and pay a flat rate on a weekly or monthly basis. Self Storage is a great option if you need a short term solution. Most facilities have climate controlled lockers and a 24 hour on-site manager to ensure your stuff is kept dry and safe.

Mobile Storage: You've probably seen services like PODS. Services like these will deliver a steel container to your doorstep, which you then load. They'll then pick up your container and either store it until you're ready to move, or ship it across the country. This is often more costly than regular self storage, but it saves you some effort.

What Do You Store?

Before you pack anything, consider what you're going to need in the coming days and weeks. Out of season clothes (swim suits, sweaters, hats) are a good first step. Follow that by nonessential items such as picture frames, nick-knacks and books. Remember to set aside anything that may help during the moving process, like old blankets (to wrap furniture) and other essentials.

Remember, if you're storing something your situation might change. So avoid storing perishable food, plants, high value items and chemicals (such as cleaning supplies). Ask your storage company for a list of items that may be prohibited in your renters agreement.

Avoid Bringing What You Don't Need

If you're considering getting some new pieces of furniture consider donating, selling or giving away the old pieces. When considering storage options you usually pay per square foot. A larger space will naturally cost you more per term than a smaller space. So avoid storing items that may not wind up in your new home for very long.

Consider Security

Before deciding on a storage solution, consider where it is. Is the neighborhood safe? Are there adequate security measures in place? Would you feel comfortable leaving your valuables there for an extended period of time? If you couldn't feel safe living there, it's probably better to find a different storage facility.

Consider Distance

If you're using a self storage option you might want to consider the distance it is to your new home. You may need to make multiple trips to your storage locker to retrieve your valuables during the moving process, so consider the distance you'll have to travel each way.

Insurance

Every company is different. Some build insurance into the cost of their estimates and some offer insurance on an alacart basis. This is an important part of your move that you should investigate, especially if you are storing high value items.

Packing Items Correctly

What environment will your items be in? An outdoor storage locker or a mobile moving container? Take this into consideration as you pack your valuables. A mobile storage container is naturally going to spend more time on the open road and may have more opportunities to break. An outdoor storage locker may be humid some months out of the yard, which can weaken cardboard boxes.

What Are Your Needs?

Storing boxes full of dishes is a lot different than storing a new suede couch. If you are storing items that may have special needs, consider investigating in a climate controlled storage facility. High humidity and heat will harm furniture, furs and art work.

What Time Will You Need?

You never know when you'll need to get access to your stuff. Is your storage solution open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or do they set business hours? What about on holidays?These are important things to consider even if you don't think you'll need to make a midnight moving run on the 4th of July. Your plans may change after the fact and you should be ready.