Moving and storage companies are lifesavers during a relocation. Whether you’re saving space, or making temporary arrangements until you find the perfect home, you’ll want to know your possessions are safe and sound. Keep this moving guide bookmarked for reference while you’re looking for storage companies in your area.
Dependable Storage is Everything
The first step is to determine your storage needs. Small storage units can be the size of a walk-in closet, while large facilities have spaces the size of a small home. Remember to estimate the amount of space your items will take up alongside the space for organization and enough room for access.
If you are moving to a climate with extreme weather or humidity, you may want a temperature and humidity controlled storage unit. Invest in high-quality packing materials such as rubber or plastic containers, and consider buying shelves to keep your items off the floor. Ask your movers and the management of the storage company for advice when it comes to long-term storage containers for their units.
Look for Extra Features
Some moving and storage companies offer additional services, such as loading docks and wheeled movers for renters. If you know you’ll need access to a ramp, look for ADA accessible entrances and hallways. Pay close attention to the width of areas between your storage space and your vehicle to make sure you can carry furniture around corners and over stairs.
Your possessions are valuable, so have a conversation about the security of the storage facility. Do they have security guards that regularly patrol? Are there monitored cameras being recorded at all times? Are there locked fences? Is the area well lit and safe?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about cleanliness, tour the facility, and double check fire safety standards. Storage units – especially outdoor ones – need regular pest control services. Management should have a record of pest control reports and detailed fire prevention plans.
Insure Your Valuables
Talk with your insurance agent if you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance to find out what is covered, how much they will pay, what the claims process looks like, and if there are any events or conditions that are not a type covered loss. Some moving and storage companies also offer additional insurance, but don’t be sold on an additional charge until you measure the utility of your current insurance plan.
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