Moving Dilemmas Consider Storage Facilities

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Over the years people unconsciously acquire things. The clutter or excessive furniture, object d art, or books only get noticed when it is time to move. Then you have to find an answer to the problem. Well you can take everything with you, or donate things to family, friends, or charity, or have a garage sale, or put things into storage.

The modern solution is to put things you don’t want to use but cannot part with into  storage.  Many storage facilities offer self-storage or mobile storage or even both.

When looking for a suitable storage solution, keep in mind your preferences, do you want to get the unit delivered to you to pack at your own leisure, or do you prefer to take your goods to the storage facility yourself.   also consider how often do you need to take things out of the unit.  If you do want access to your unit to take stuff out on a regular basis, it is best to choose a facility located closes to where you live.   Use our storage calculator to work out how much space you will actually need.  Experts recommend taking a smaller space and filling it floor to ceiling rather than paying for space that will never be used.

Make a list of possible facilities.  Find out how long they have been in operation and whether they have a solid reputation. Read all the rules and regulations.  Some storage facilities allow 24 hr access while others have timings.  Consider protecting your goods with sufficient insurance coverage.

Pack all the items to be stored in weather resistant strong boxes with padding like bubble wrap if there are breakables. Make a key list what each box contains and decide a priority list where by what you are unlikely to use will be stored at the bottom or back of the facility and what you may need to retrieve will be stored in front such that it becomes easily accessible.

The rent to be paid will be calculated on the size of the unit,  the term of lease, as well as facilities offered. Even storage facilities offer discounts so do ask. Clever negotiation can save you money.

Many facilities charge in addition to rent, set up or processing fees as well as late fees if the rent is not paid within the stipulated time. Read the agreement carefully and seek answers to questions regarding security, insurance, the presence of an on site manager, adequate lighting, and ownership of the facility. Ask for references and check them out.