Congratulations on your upcoming move! This is going to be a great thing for you! I’m sure you have a great new place picked out, maybe even a new job. Moving can be very stressful, but a couple of decisions made now that can really help lighten that load. Especially if you find yourself moving into some temporary housing before the final relocation. If that’s the case, consider some short-term storage solutions to give you one less thing to worry about. If this is your first experience with self-storage, worry not, as we walk you through some of the things you might want to consider.
Evaluate Your Stuff
This might sound obvious, but it is critical before any move, and only more important if you are in a temporary living situation. Take stock, do you really need everything that you currently have? Find the essentials for your temporary situation, and then try to find the things that you don’t know why you have. During this step, it might also be wise to consider how much storage space you need. You don’t want to reserve a 10×30 storage space only to realize you only need a 10×15.
Find Nearby Storage
This again is especially critical if you have a few weeks between moving out and moving in. Find some storage, preferably equidistant from both your new and old homes, or whatever is most convenient for you. Remember, this is meant to ease the transition, not add a whole new headache to the process. Find the facility that is right for you, and move forward from there. This along with the evaluation of stuff should be done in tandem, don’t skip a beat in your move.
Amenities to Consider
A few things to consider about the storage unit are the amenities that are most important to you, and the ones that will help most in your move. Some that might be incredibly important are:
- Drive-up Access: this allows for seamless loading and unloading of your moving truck without having to carry your load throughout the facility. This is a massive time saver and should absolutely be near the top of your list.
- Secure Storage: these are items that you deemed as critical to your new home, and we don’t want anything to happen to them. Be sure to pick a self-storage facility with video surveillance, electronic gated access, and a resident manager are all things to keep an eye out for. As these will help keep your precious items safe.
- Climate-Controlled: if you’re moving in the summer or the winter and don’t want your items to experience extreme temperatures, this might be something you want to consider. This is especially important if you are storing wood furniture, artwork or family photos.
- Extended Access Hours: you want to be able to move in and out on your schedule, so check to make sure that is an option. Whether that means 24-hour gate access or lengthy gate hours, be sure you can have access when you need it
- Boat and RV Storage: you want to be able to know that you can safely store your summer toys any time of the year. Not all storage facilities have the space to allow boats and RVs, so ask around and find the fit that is right for you!
Strategy is the Name of the Game
Be sure to store your items in a way that they can be quickly loaded the way you want them to, or easily accessed while in storage. Take the time to plan out your strategy so what should have been an afternoon job doesn’t take up a whole weekend.
Whatever your situation, whether you are moving across town or across country, we are here to help, and wish you the best. Safe travels, and best of luck in your new home.