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Moving can be a big endeavor. Add to the mix, the possibility of not having your belongings delivered straight away to the new destination, means you will also have to think about and arrange storage for your items. Knowing How Long Will It Take For My Items To Be Delivered will assist with knowing how long you might need storage for.

If you have decided to take a vacation while your items are in transit, drive across the country, or perhaps your new home isn’t ready to move into, storage can be a great option for that “in between”. The first thing is to decide whether you will require short term or long-term storage.

What To Consider Before Choosing Where Your Items Will Be Stored

  • Accessibility – Hours of operation.
  • Cleanliness – If possible, visit the storage facility to see how it is maintained. You could also check reviews and photos online.
  • Pricing – Short term and long term costs. Are there additional fees?
  • Notice - How much notice is required when vacating a storage unit?
  • Security – Is the facility secured and have adequate fire systems in place?

Storage Options

Moving companies - If you have hired a moving company to transport your belongings, find out if they provide storage. Many moving companies offer both short-term storage, up to 3 months called Storage in Transit (SIT) or long-term storage. Although it may cost more than using a self-storage, logistically it can prove to be far simpler. The moving company will pick up your items, store them, and then deliver to your new home when you are ready to receive your belongings.

Self-storage - If you need short-term storage or long-term storage, which is accessible, then self-storage is a good option. There are many self-storage companies to choose from, make sure to research the different companies in the area of your choice, and contact them directly to ask any questions you may have.

Once you have determined how much of your belongings will need to be stored, the next step is to rent the right size space. Storage spaces come in a variety of sizes: Public Storage has an informative interactive size guide. You will be charged monthly for any units you rent. Costs differ depending on the size of the storage space and the location. Urban areas may be more expensive than less populated areas.

If a moving company is moving your belongings, but you have opted to store your items at a self-storage, the moving company can deliver the items to the storage facility of your choice. Once you are ready to take the items out of storage, you are responsible for the transportation of your items. There are also full service companies like MakeSpace that pick up, store and deliver your belongings.

Containers - If you plan to store your belongings long term without needing to access them, then containers are an option to consider. The container company will deliver the container to your home where you will pack it. It will then be taken and put into storage.

Insurance - When storing your belongings in a storage facility, most companies will require that you have insurance. This is in addition to your Moving Insurance. If you have homeowners or rental insurance, your stored items can be covered. It is always best to contact your homeowners insurance directly prior to delivering your items to the storage facility, to ensure you will be covered. Most storage facilities are able to assist those needing insurance.

List Of Common Self-Storage Companies

CubeSmart – Caters to the different storage needs, offering household, business and vehicle storage with facilities nationwide.

Extra Space Storage – Has climate controlled units. Security is a top priority with coded gate access.
Public Storage – Has locations in the United States and Europe.

U-Haul – Offers a variety of services for moving and storage needs. It is one of the most popular storage facilities.

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