Self Storage for Moving Day

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Moving Day can be tough for a single person.  It can be even harder for a family.  And, for either the single person or family who is relocating, they will most likely need some temporary storage space to put things they can’t readily move on their own.  Even if they use U-HAUL or have kind people to help on their moving day, self-storage will still be necessary.

There are many reasons why a family or individual rents and utilizes self-storage space.  The situations below are fairly typical for said families and individuals:

  1. Military Personnel-Anyone who is in the armed forces, are at least 5% likely to rent and use self-storage space, to store their belongings during their service. Military renters can be either single persons, or one or both parents in a family.  Also, when military families are called to relocate to an army base, in the US or abroad, they will more likely need to rent storage space for the items they can’t bring along with them.  Hopefully, these good people are offered a discount at their chosen self-storage location, in tribute to their service to our country.
  2. Divorce-This unfortunate moving reason, is regardless as to whether there are children involved or not. In this instance, one of the parents is forced to move out of the home along with their own personal possessions, and would thus need them to be stored in a space somewhere, until he or she finds another place to live.  Other times, the leaving spouse takes the child or children out of the home and stores the chosen items one decides to keep in the rented unit, until that spouse finds another residence to move in to.  Keep in mind, that there are legal implications to consider, such as possessions claims, ownership of the unit(s), and the messier process of restricting the spouse from taking anything out of the unit and/or imposing a restraining order to prevent such action.
  3. Death-This one gets pretty complicated. The tenant him or herself dies, or a member of a family passes, be it one of the parents, a grandparent or a child.  The worst time for a death to occur is when the single person or family is moving.  Even during other times when storage is being rented, a surviving spouse or next of kin will need to be given access to the unit number, keys and/or keypad access code and full rights to the contents inside the unit.  This is under the assumption that the renting tenants shares the space with the claimant, or has at least made that person or those people fully aware of the unit.
  4. The Family is Growing-This is a fun one. A family could be expanding, but not necessarily with the birth of a child or more.  Sometimes, other relatives and cohabitants could be added to a family, such as a grandparent, adopted child or a foreign exchange student, which gives rise to the family moving to a bigger home.  This creates the need for self-storage space, be it temporary or (semi) permanent.
  5. Selling Unwanted or Needless Items-Families and single persons may not want everything that they plan to move with them to their new location. Nor can they possibly keep things that they may not be able to move or bring along with them.  In this case, both decide to sell or auction off all of the contents that they leave in the storage unit.  They simply leave the things they don’t want or need in the unit, advertise a garage sale or auction however they choose to (print or social media, direct mail, etc.) and the customers arrive to buy or bid on the items.  The relocating parties have much less stuff on their hands, and their moves can be more hassle free.

The types of self-storage space are just as varied as the reasons, for singles and families to rent out units.  The most common varieties, listed below, are usually the biggest sellers:

  1. Outside Storage-This type of storage is mainly for vehicles, such as cars, boats and RVs. This is also the least needed type of storage for families and individuals who are moving.  You can find covered units, with partitioning wire mesh for the convenience and safety of the vehicle.
  2. Drive-up Storage-For much easier access to the space, you can just transfer items from the moving van or truck into the unit. Self-movers usually prefer this method and type of self-storage.  You can also store vehicles in larger units of this kind, as well.
  3. Indoor Storage-Possibly the most secure type of self-storage. To access or store your items, you must enter the building and locate your unit.  But you have to be mindful of climate controls inside the building, the weather outside and the location of your unit.  For instance, if your unit is located at the end of a row, it’s more prone to be affected by the weather outside.  The temperature can be hot or cold, greatly affecting the climate inside the unit and its contents.  Simply make sure you choose a unit that’s in the middle of a row, where it won’t be as affected by weather and building climates.
  4. Mobile Storage-Mainly for home renovations, when things need to be stored on personal property. These can still be used for moving processes, as well.  They would certainly make transporting furniture and other (usually heavier) items much easier, especially with a cross-country move.  Just have the mobile storage company take the storage container to where you are moving.

Moving Day can be a fun and exciting time for families and individuals alike.  The prospect of a new city, a new home and a new life awaits.  But, if the circumstances are less than joyous, then researching and determining your self-storage options is essential-or vital-to your big move.  Your choices in self-storage can possibly make or break your all-important relocation.  Self-storage can make your move, and your life, much easier.  Or, it can make the process miserable for you.  Choose your options wisely and carefully, and here’s to your future.

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