In case you are downsizing your new home and don’t want to give up on your treasured belongings, opt for storing them. If you are relying on professional movers during your move, they would be able to offer a storage service, especially if you are hiring interstate movers.
So, do your research online, each moving company has moving cost estimator on their website, so that you can get a quote immediately. Then pay a visit to the moving company you have chosen in order to get a detailed description of terms and conditions of the storage.
Also, find out whether you have to notice someone when you need an access to your possessions. However, before packing and asking for the quote, decide which items you will need transferred. Do you want to keep everything you own? In order to avoid spending enormous amounts of money on storing, try to de-clutter.
Sort your goods carefully and decide what you really want to keep. Most probably there are items you haven’t been using for ages, so what’s the purpose of moving them? Organize yard sale, donate unused items to charities or recycle them if possible. Mind your environment while moving – instead of throwing away unwanted items, go to the nearby recycling center and get further instructions.
When you make a definitive inventory list, start calling companies. When doing that, ask which items require special storage. Knowing exact amount of items you need stored, will allow you to determine the size of the storage facility.
Tips for choosing storage service company
If you are hiring professional movers, just ask them to make a detour to the storage facility, so that you don’t have to move your items twice. The storage unit should be situated at your new location. In case you are unfamiliar with the city and its neighborhoods, try to obtain more information online by reading reviews and other people’s experiences. Also, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to check at the police station whether the neighborhood where the storage is situated is safe. For starters call the company and try to get as much information as you can. Don’t hesitate to ask them some important questions: – What type of security system do they have? Were there any break-ins recently? – Are there temperature controlled units? – What’s the size of the facility? – Do you have access any time you want? – Are they offering insurance? – Are they providing references of their previous customer?
Types of storage service
Before signing any contract take a look around the storage unit. Depending on your needs, you can choose the type of storage service that suits you best.
– Self-storage or mini storage is used for storing items on a short-term basis. Also, there is possibility for long-term storage both for individuals and businesses. The storage unit is secured by your lock and key so that no one has an access without your permission, not even employees. This implies that only you are responsible for the items, so you ‘d better have a proper insurance. In most cases your items won’t be covered by the facility’s insurance. You will have an access to the unit at specific time, according to company’s policy. Most probably you will have to pack and move belongings yourself. In some cases the storage company might offer professional assistance and charge you additionally for that.
– Container storage is used for long-term storage services. Company delivers containers to your address and give you instructions about packing. A home inventory done beforehand will help you determine the number of containers you will need. All the containers are transferred to the storage facility by your storage company. You may not have an access to your goods at all or you will have just a restricted access. This type of storage is usually used by those who are moving, but their new place is not ready yet. Also, the storage space can be rented on a set period of time. So, the type of the move – interstate or local move will determine the type of the storage unit you need.