Moving Storage Tips

By: Steve H. Wentworth

Introduction

If you are moving in the near future, chances are you might need to think about investigating storage facilities.

As a mover you may require storage for a number of different reasons, for example:

? The house you are moving into is smaller than your existing house.

? There may be unforeseen circumstances during the move that mean you are unable to move into your new house on time.

? You simply might not have the time when you move in to unpack everything at once.

Whatever your particular scenario is, it is always worthwhile being prepared for every eventuality.

How to get free storage

Most people's first reaction when it comes to storage is to turn to family and friends. This can be a very good solution if you only have a relatively small amount to store, or your friends and family have a large storage space you can use. However, in most cases this option has its limits.

A good cost free alternative is one-way truck rental companies. Many of these offer free storage if you use their service. The period of storage is usually limited to the terms of your contract, to be utilized at either the beginning or the end of your hire period.

This kind of storage, although only short-term in nature, can be an excellent zero cost solution.

What kind of facilities do storage companies' provide?

Most storage companies have a network of facilities conveniently located around the country with good transportation links. The facilities are provided to keep your belonging safe and secure, as well as proving you with around the clock access to your belongings. The following minimum standards are normally maintained:

? 24/7 controlled access to your property.
? Security and alarm entrance protection.
? A climate controlled storage environment.

If you require additional re-assurance, it is normally possible to take out an additional insurance policy to protect your belongings.

How to minimize your storage costs

Firstly, ensure the price that you pay for your storage is competitive. Request combined moving and storage quotes from companies you are considering moving with. Compare these with storage only quotes and don't be afraid to haggle on price if it appears that you are not getting a good deal.

Before you sign-up with a storage company ascertain whether you will be able to change the size of the storage space later if you find that it is the wrong size when you come to fill it. Most companies offer this service so this should not be a problem.

Secondly, you need to make every effort to make maximum use of the storage space available to you, to ensure that you do not book additional storage! To do this you need to pack efficiently and fill you storage space optimally.

If your storage company has a service whereby they offer a team of packers to come and do the job for you, then it may be more cost effective in the long run. This is because they are experienced, thereby enabling you to avoid booking additional storage due your own packing and storage in-efficiencies.

Packing and Storage Tips

If you are packing and storing yourself, use the following guide to help you maximize your storage space:

? Always pack with storage in mind. Use sturdy boxes as these make maximum use of the space available when they are stacked. The contents of boxes should be clearly marked.

? Disassemble all electrical equipment and pack in the original packing if available.

? Store bookshelves upright so you can utilize shelves for non-standard items.

? Ensure fridges and freezers are thoroughly defrosted to prevent damage to your other belongings.

? Sofas and mattresses should be placed against the wall of the storage unit.

? All garden equipment should be should be cleaned, and any petrol drained away from items such as lawnmowers.

Conclusion

When moving it always pays to be prepared for every eventuality. Having to put your possessions into storage is a possibly in every move, so investigate your options even if you think you will not require this moving service this time around.

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