When planning a move you may find a need to use a storage unit while you determine if all your belongings will fit into your new space. Using a storage service can be a great fix, giving your items a place to stay while you plan the more immediate details of your relocation, but you can’t rush into a storage unit without giving it some serious thought. Ask yourself the following questions before committing to a storage unit.
How Long is ‘Temporary’?
When storage is used as part of the moving process, it’s usually a temporary need. Families may choose this option if they’re still waiting to finalize the purchase of their new home or if there are other complications that prevent them from moving in right away. Make sure you have a good estimate of how long your items will be in storage. Balance that cost with the worth of your items. Renting storage for a few days or weeks can be a great help in these situations. However, think twice if you will be storing items for an undetermined amount of time. The cost can quickly rise to be greater than the worth of your items.
How Will Your Items be Used After Storage?
Some people choose to rent a storage unit simply because they have extra stuff that can still be used. Remember, though, that you have to pay for a storage unit. A piece of kitchenware may still have use, but that doesn’t mean you’ll actually need the item in the future. Make sure the items you are storing will serve a real purpose once you take them out of storage. If they’ll do little more than take up space in your home, you may be better off selling them.
What is the Replacement Cost of the Items?
You need to consider how much it would cost to replace your items and how much longer you expect those items to last. You might plan to use some of the items in the future, but if they will be too old to use when you take them out of storage, you may want to consider other options. Balance replacement costs with the cost of storage. The best candidates for rented storage units are those who need short-term storage or those who need long term storage of large, expensive items.
Find Out How American Moving and Storage Can Help You
If your move will require storage, we offer climate controlled and secured modern warehousing for temporary or long term storage. American Moving and Storage’s team of qualified professionals are here to provide you with affordable relocation solutions and storage options that meet your specific needs. Find out how we can we help you. Call us today at 912-401-0362 to find out more about our professional packing, crating, moving, and storage services.