Your Guide to Short-Term Storage While Between Homes

So you’re moving soon. How exciting! While there’s plenty to look forward to in the near future, the time between homes can be a bit stressful. Along with finding temporary housing, you’ll likely need to find a temporary place to store your belongings. For that, a short-term storage option like self storage is the perfect solution. Here are some tips to ensure you get the best storage solution for your needs!

Evaluate Your Belongings

As you consider storing your belongings, one of the things you’ll need to figure out is how much space you need. To store the contents of an apartment, you’ll probably need a medium-sized storage unit, like a 10×10 or 10×15. For the contents of a multi-bedroom house, a larger storage unit, such as a 10×20, 10×25, or 10×30, will be more appropriate. For visual examples of what can be held in different storage unit sizes, check out this size guide!

Find Storage Near You

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During a temporary living situation, there’s always the chance that you’ll need something that you put in storage. Because of this, renting a storage unit that’s easily accessible is important. Whether that’s near where you live or work, just make sure it won’t be a major inconvenience to make a trip to get what you need.

Self Storage Amenities to Consider

Storage units

When choosing a storage unit, it’s important that it can accommodate your needs. Consider the following amenities as you search for your ideal solution!

Climate-Controlled Storage

Even if you just need short-term storage, it’s important to consider the belongings you have and how they’ll hold up if exposed to extreme high or low temperatures. Especially when storing things like electronics, family photos, artwork, or even wooden furniture, climate-controlled storage will help to make sure your belongings are in great condition when you’re ready to move into your permanent living space.

Drive-Up Access

On the other hand, if you’re storing mostly durable items and prefer the ability to pull your vehicle directly up to your storage unit, a drive-up access storage unit is an incredibly convenient option. Not to mention, they’ll save you the hassle of carrying heavy, bulky items long distances!

Extended Access Hours

It’s often hard to get to your storage unit to grab something you need during access hours. Extended access hours, which are widely available at Extra Space Storage locations, give you more flexibility to visit your storage unit at a time that works for you. At some of our facilities, 24/7 access is even an option!

Secure Storage

Knowing your belongings are in good hands matters. When looking for self storage, security measures like video surveillance, electronic gate access that requires a personalized code, individually-alarmed storage units, and even an on-site resident manager are great things to keep an eye out for.

Strategically Organize Your Storage Unit

After you decide on a location, storage unit size, and the amenities you want, it’s important to think strategically about how your storage unit should be organized. If you know you’re going to need access to certain belongings while living between homes, those items should be near the front of the storage unit and shouldn’t be buried under a pile of other boxes.

Protect Your Furniture

When storing furniture, including couches and mattresses, it’s highly recommended to take extra precautions to protect them while in storage. Couch and mattress covers are great ways to protect these large, expensive items from any damage while in storage.

Whether you’re building a house, moving to a new city, or between leases, Extra Space Storage is here to make the transition easier! With convenient locations around the nation, a broad range of storage unit sizes and amenities, and incredible customer service, you can trust us with your belongings until you get somewhere more permanent.

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