by John Donegan
The peak summer moving season is upon us! Every year, 40 million people in the US move their homes and belongings. As anyone who has moved a home or business can tell you, it’s rarely an easy or low-cost task.
If you’re relocating this summer, a great strategy to limit the uncertainty and complexity of your move is to use self-storage. This is a particularly useful strategy for cross-country moving, since a self-storage unit can bridge your transition from one home to another. Here are some scenarios during which storage can help facilitate your move:
- If you want to reduce clutter during home staging (decorating your home for sale)
- If you decide to sell your house and rent a smaller apartment while looking for a new home
- If you want to decorate or renovate your new home before moving in
- If you’re relocating to a new city and haven’t yet found a home
- If you’re moving long-distance or internationally, and don’t need all your belongings immediately
- If you’re relocating offices and need to protect valuable business documents during the move
Some full-service shipping companies offer their own storage at an extra charge. Depending on the particulars of your move, it may make sense to utilize a shipping company’s storage service. If you only need to store things for a week or so, shipping company storage may be sufficient. However, before you go this route, find out if the shipping company will allow you to access your belongings while they’re in storage. Determine if access to your belongings will cost you extra, and how much advance notice you’ll have to give the company. These details are important because you never know when you may need some of your stored items during the moving process.
If your move warrants a longer storage period, self-storage is your best bet. Self-storage has many advantages— you can choose your own facility and extend or shorten the duration of your storage rental at any point. At 24-hour access facilities, access your belongings whenever is most convenient for you. Self-storage can be especially helpful during international moves, long-distance moves, or any time you need to cover time between leaving one home and moving into another. Good luck moving this summer!
John Donegan is a writer at SpareFoot, the online marketplace where you can find and reserve a self-storage unit with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals. John lives in Austin, TX and occasionally directs videos for rap artists.