If you’re looking for temporary storage, there’s no shortage of options. Whether you’re remodeling your home, temporarily moving out of the country, or moving to another state, there’s storage to suit every need. Here are 5 options for storage for a move.
Storage for a Move: Which Storage Solution is Right for You?
Outdoor Storage Units
This is the type of storage most people are familiar with. It’s essentially a locked garage you can drive up to. They are usually fenced in. For entrance, you enter a password at the gate. Some outdoor storage facilities come with on-site security, and some don’t. Check with the facility about this and also whether or not you’ll need to supply your own lock.
An outdoor storage unit saves you time by being able to drive right up to it and load and unload with ease. The downside to outdoor storage is susceptibility to the weather. There is no climate control, so there’s a much higher chance of water leaking in and potentially ruining whatever you’re storing inside. There’s also not much protection from excessive cold or heat.
Indoor Storage Units
Indoor storage units often look like outdoor storage units, but they are inside a building. This erases the concern for protection against the weather, and you don’t have to worry about unloading in snow or rain. You can’t control the temperature of the unit, but the building as a whole is heated and cooled as necessary. It’s also much easier to find an indoor storage unit that offers on-site security.
The downside of indoor storage units is access; you cannot drive up to it and unload. You’ll have to remove everything from your vehicle and move it into a unit that could be on the ground, 2nd, or 3rd floor. These facilities usually have a freight elevator you can use, but you’d have to share it with the other storage unit renters. And this doesn’t eliminate prolonged heavy lifting.
Climate Controlled Storage Units
Climate controlled storage units are very similar to indoor storage units. They are laid out the same way, but you can control the temperature of the unit. This type of storage is useful if you’re looking for long term storage of electronics or furniture that could potentially warp from the weather. These units can be a bit pricier than a regular indoor storage unit, but it will be worth it in the long run if you’d prefer having peace of mind knowing your items are protected from any sort of temperature change.
Portable Storage Containers
Portable storage containers—you probably know them as PODs—are the easiest, most efficient types of storage. You choose the size of the POD you need and the company will deliver it to your location. They can even drop if off right in your driveway. You load it up, completely avoiding having to load things into a vehicle and unload at the storage destination. If you’re looking for short term storage during a home renovation, the container can stay in your driveway for as long as you need. If you’re utilizing it for a move, once it’s filled, the storage company will pick up the storage container. They’ll take care of storing it at their facility until you need it. Then they’ll deliver it to your new location when you’re ready for it.
Portable storage units are perfect for loading and unloading convenience. However, you can’t access them as easily as an indoor or outdoor storage unit if you need something you put inside. You would have to schedule a drop of off the unit, even if it was only for one thing. And that would come with an extra cost as well.
If you’re closing on your current house on one day and your new home on the next, you won’t be able to move everything out and in on the same day. You’ll need overnight storage. You might have a similar situation, but you only need a few days, weeks, or a month of storage. In either of these cases you should look for a moving company that can accommodate both your move and the temporary storage. This will end up saving you not only money, but time in the long run. You won’t need to remain onsite to supervise loading and unloading into their storage facility.
If you’re looking for a moving company that can handle both moving and overnight or short-term storage, Moving U & Junk U is the moving company for you. Our friendly, professional movers will load your belongings into our moving trucks and return them to our secure facilities, where we will store everything until the date of your unload. We’re here to make your move more convenient for you. You don’t have to worry about finding a separate storage unit and dealing with yet another set of contracts and fees.
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