It is so important to plan and be prepared for a move, especially when coordinating what will go to storage and what will be taken along during your move. Storage is a great solution to use during your move to help you stage a home, move more economically in phases, or to help in the case of people in your old home going to separate new homes. While you are in the pre-packing process, think about your belongings and what should go where. By doing this you won’t be surprised when you are sending your belongings to their new destinations. To effectively coordinate what is going where, follow these three tips to figure out how storage will work.
1) Do Your Research
You will want to do some research to pick a storage facility and a unit size. The first step in coordinating storage is to research the different options available to you in your area. Extra Space Storage has so many locations (more than 1,000 throughout the country) so you can rest assured that you’ll find something near you. As you research the storage facility you will want to think about the length of time needed for storage and when and how you will get everything moved to the storage space. Next, you will want to coordinate the unit size. Think about how much space the belongings are taking in your old home and the space you will need in the storage facility. You can check online to go through the space options and also call the storage provider to understand your options.
2) Ask Questions
Once you decide on a storage facility and unit size, you will want to ask some important questions of your storage facility manager. You can understand a lot about a company just by asking questions and judging how receptive they are to your inquiries. Here are some questions to get you started:
- How secure is the facility?
- What is my code to get in to the facility and how should I use it?
- On move-in day to the storage unit, how will it work?
- What is the best way to get in to my storage unit if I need to get something?
- Can I be billed automatically?
3) Make a List and Check It Thrice
Once you have figured out where and when you will store your belongings, it’s time to decide which items will be going into the storage facility. We would like to suggest that you pick items that go together. Perhaps you will want to put baby clothes and seasonal decorations into storage while you stage your home to sell and move to your new home. Or you could put out-of-season clothes and items from your garage into storage. Whichever you choose, you will want to have a general inventory of what is going to storage before the movers come. And try to make sure you choose groups of items that you won’t need while they are in storage. Storage providers make it easy to get in and out of your unit but it is one extra trip to have to make during an already time-intensive moving process.
Alyssa Howard is both a writer and the content manager for Moveboxer.com. Alyssa has gone through the top-ranked journalism school at Northwestern University and has also written for Cincy Chic and TheLaw.TV. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys discovering new music, swimming, and reading biographies. Her favorite part of moving is the first night spent in the new bed in a new house.