Understanding Your Storage Options When Moving

The third in the series posts from 

David Shapiro 

Understanding Your Storage Options When Moving

If you’re moving to a new home, but are downsizing or leaving your current home before the new one is available, you may need to store some or all of your belongings for a time. It’s always a good idea to examine all of your options before making a decision. Here are the main storage options available to you, whether you are in need of short-term or long-term storage:

·         Self-storage. This is probably the most well-known kind of storage, in which a customer rents out a storage unit and pays a monthly fee for access to this limited space that usually resembles a small garage. Self-storage units can be inside or outside, air conditioned/heated or not. You deliver and unpack your belongings on your own – of course, if you need help, a moving company will assist you for a fee. This storage option is usually best for short-term storage or for items you need to access more frequently.

·         Moving pods. Several companies offer moving pods, which are transportable units that can sit outside your home (usually in your driveway) and be loaded at your convenience. The company often delivers and picks up the pods, but some have the option of letting you transport the pods for a reduced cost. If you are not moving into your new home right away, you can have your pod stored for as short or long a time as necessary. This storage option is nice for such a transitional period, so you won’t have to unpack and unload your belongings into a storage unit only to repack and reload it later for transport to your new home.

·         Moving company storage. One of the lesser known storage options is to have your belongings stored at your moving company’s storage facilities. When the moving company comes to pack and load your belongings, it can take your stuff to a storage-in-transit facility for a short time – usually up to three months. If you still need storage after that, most companies have permanent storage facilities. These facilities are often the most secure storage option, with 24-hour security and special crates to keep your belongings safe. However, the customer often has limited or no access to items while in storage.

When considering your storage options, think about your situation and what particular needs you have – and which option will best suit your circumstances. Then, be sure to do your research in order to find a reputable company with affordable rates. Good luck and happy storing!


David Shapiro is a marketing specialist for moving companies such as Allied Van Lines. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing basketball.

Thank You David


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