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Self-Storage Units Vs. Container Storage

Moving across town, let alone across the country, can be a taxing adventure. Of course, with any move, there’s a fair amount of “moving pieces” to keep in mind to make moving out of one space and into another as painless as possible. But no matter how well we might plan, there’s usually a few moving hiccups along the way. That’s why we recommend storing anything that isn’t immediately needed in your new home within a self-storage unit instead. After all, your own vehicle or moving truck, will likely carry most of your larger furniture and items that you’ll need within the first week of your move, but what about everything else? 

What about those seasonal items you just don’t want to hassle with at the beginning of your move? Or furniture you’d like to keep, but maybe haven’t yet found the space or right placement for? That’s why we love self-storage as an answer. However, we commonly get asked what’s the best way to go about temporary storage for before, during, or after a move. What’s the better solution: a stationary self-storage unit or a moving container. There are pros to both options, and it comes down to what you need and where you’re going. Here’s our take!

Moving Close By? Use Self-Storage

If your new home is located within the same general region as your self-storage unit—think within 25 miles at the maximum—then it’s likely the best choice to keep your current storage unit you’re ready to sort through what you need and what you don’t. If you’re moving a great distance, but currently have a unit, you don’t have to hurry to get everything out before the big moving day. There are many moving companies that will go to your storage unit, pack your belongings, and deliver them to your new home. Simply coordinate with the storage facility and movers to safely allow entrance into the facility and your storage unit. Of course, to ensure security, it’s best to be present at the time of entrance.

If you’re moving to a nearby city or neighborhood and you don’t have storage currently, it might be time to invest in a temporary space. Lessen the burden of moving with every little thing, and store anything that might not have an immediate place in your new home. If you’re downsizing, this is ever more important. There might not be time to sort through, sell, and donate what can’t go with you. Rather than rush to get rid of items you might actually need, keep them in storage for a while after your move. Settle in and then work through your self-storage unit.

Moving Across the Country?

Of course, we love self-storage, but sometimes you do need everything within your storage unit by the time of your move, especially if it happens to be a cross-country trip. If you don’t currently have a self-storage unit, but you know you’ll need to store larger items in some sort of storage, you might be in need of a moving container. Portable storage options are costly, to say the least, but it is a fine option for those who only need temporary storage for a few weeks to a month.

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