There are several reasons why you may find it necessary to look into storage options. It could be that you’re moving from your old house before your new home is ready? Maybe you’re down-sizing and your new home does not have enough room for all your valuable items. Or it could be that you’ve just inherited some furniture from a favorite relative and you want to keep it stored before deciding what to do with it. Regardless of why you may need to use it here is some good advice about storage:
If you need to have your household items put into storage for any length of time, your moving company may provide this service. Ask them and have them provide a quote. It may cost a bit more to use their service, but it could very well be worth it for the convenience of having your moving company deliver your items directly from your home to the storage facility. If this is the way you choose to go, be sure and ask if you have access to your things and if you do, what kind of notice is required.
How Much Storage is Needed
Before you start ruminating over the various options available for storage, stop and ask yourself these questions:
Do I really need all this stuff?
If I got rid of some of this stuff, would I honestly miss it?
When was the last time I used it? (If the answer mystifies you, you should probably toss it!)
Does it have any sentimental or monetary value?
The way to make any move successful is to pare down your belongings, so keep this in mind.
The next thing to consider is what exactly are you storing? Large and expensive items such as wine, boats and vehicles all need special storage. You may even need to store some valuable papers, and if that’s the case you should ask about climate-control facilities. Of course climate-control storage will cost more, but it will keep temperature changes from damaging your belongings.
Once you know which items will be stored, take inventory, make a list and have this information beside you when you start calling companies.
How to Assess the Company
The best way to do this is to do your online research. After all, you want to be as sure as you can be that you things are in safe hands. However, unlike hiring a moving company, storage is frequently needed at your destination. This can be difficult to orchestrate. If you’re using a moving company, it’s best to have them make an additional stop at the storage facility so you don’t have to move twice. Just remember to properly label storage items and load them as a group either first or last depending on when the truck will be unloading at the storage facility.
When arranging storage from another location it is a little more difficult as word-of-mouth suggestions and quick checks are not as easy to obtain in a city or town that is unfamiliar. First start with online checks. The Better Business Bureau is the best source for any complaints filed against the company.
You could also contact the local police station. Ask about the crime rate in the area where the storage facility is located. This information is very important in regards to the safety of your belongings.
It’s also a good idea to ask your landlord if you’re moving into a rental, or the real estate agent who sold you your new home.
You are also able to obtain preliminary information over the phone from the storage facility itself. You should ask about size, cost, climate-control, and your ability to access your things when it’s convenient for you. You may even want to conduct an in-person tour of the facilities. At any rate, be sure and ask the company enough questions so you can make an informed decision. Don’t hold back. This is a very important step in the moving process, and you don’t want to experience any difficulties that can be avoided.
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