Friday, March 20, 2015

Thinking About Relocation? Think Self Storage!

There is a lot of truth in the saying that in life, if there is one thing that is constant, it is change. This cannot be truer when we talk of relocation. With so many people making urban America their home, the amount of change that is happening around us is amazing. For instance, space available in every home is decreasing. Not only are we finding ourselves in newer homes with smaller interior spaces, we are also finding ourselves in changed and more crowded environments! Gone are the days when families enjoyed the luxuries of a backyard, a spacious attic, or a spare room where everything from a baby cot to old trophies won in school baseball matches could be treasured and stored.  Be that as it may, if every problem has a solution, shortage of storage space has one too!

Enter self-storage; a boon for families, individuals or even offices, which are relocating to a new city or a new home and find no safe space to keep their important goods, memorabilia, furniture and more. The concept of self-storage has met with unprecedented success all across urban America where people are even storing heavy winter garments, ski equipment, etc., because there is hardly any space in the cupboard or elsewhere! Self storage is not just a viable option when you are relocating but also when you want to remove the existing clutter in your home and live more comfortably with more leg space. Then there are goods which you do not need round the year like a Christmas tree, boats and more. Self-storage is a blessing for such causes.

Since self-storage is a great option during relocation, you might consider this as you plan for the moving process. But, before you starting hunting for a storage facility that is conveniently located and suitably priced, there is a lot of planning which is needed. Here are some guidelines to help you get started:

1. Make a list of the items you wish to put in a self-storage unit. The volume of goods would tell you about the volume of space you need and this entails cost.

2. Hunt out for the most suitable self-storage unit that is not only conveniently located by affordable also. An unit with a good height is considered good, because it helps you stack boxes one on top of another, instead of occupying huge floor space (think cost).

3. Adequate research should be done on storage companies before you finalize any deal. Ask them about discounts for long term storage, discount against cash advance payment, etc. Since competition amongst storage companies is high, chances are that you could get a good price.

4. Visit the premises personally to have a first-hand idea of the space you are renting. After all, you would be keeping some valuables in such a storage facility.

5. Check out on the security measures the unit has. These days there are 24-hour surveillance facilities installed in most units with CCTVs, password activated entries and more.

6. Talk to the storage company about insurance coverage of the storage space that you are hiring. Check whether they are offering you any insurance coverage or whether you have to talk to your own insurance company 7. Make a storage plan and store your goods accordingly. Store the items which would be needed first close at hand and stored last.

7. Keep in mind that certain goods like carpets, books and furniture might need special packing before they are put away in storage.

8. Check whether the storage unit has regular pest control schedules. There is hardly any point in storing your goods only to be eaten away by termites or damaged due to faulty packing.

As you can see, self-storage takes the headache out of space shortage. So if you are relocating to a new home in a new city which has lesser space, do not worry. Self-storage is there to help you ease your storage problems!

Drew Mers provides advertising advice to City Closet Self Storage and Moving, which rents storage throughout New York and New Jersey.
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