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Self-Storage Tips for Your Temporary Move

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Whether you are moving to a new city for a temporary job or are renting a self-storage unit to hold your items until you close on a home purchase, a temporary move can impact the way you approach your self-storage unit. Use this guide to get the most out of your self-storage unit and be prepared for your temporary move.

Determine the Use

With a temporary move, you may need to store more than just a few boxes of personal belongings. You may find that you need to put a second vehicle into storage, or you may need to put all of your outdoor equipment in the unit. Knowing which types of items will be stored will help you to find the right storage facility for your needs. For example, if you are storing antique furniture or a vintage car, you may want to consider a climate-controlled unit to protect your items. Knowing how the unit will be used can also help you to determine where to rent from. For example, if you are moving to a new city temporarily for work, you may want to consider renting a unit closer to your permanent home. If you are renting a unit until you can find a permanent home in your new city, you may prefer to rent in the city you are moving to.

Consider the Lease

With traditional storage-unit rentals, you may be inclined to sign a year-long lease. However, in the event of a temporary move, you may not need the storage unit for that long. Look for a self-storage facility with flexible lease terms and opt for a month-to-month lease if at all possible. Having the ability to end the lease when you no longer need the unit can help to save you a little bit of money each month. You'll also want to make sure that the lease allows you to store the items you plan to put in the unit. Your facility may not permit car storage, or it may have rules against lawnmowers and other garden equipment. Ask about any restrictions before you sign your lease so there are no surprises when you are ready to move in.

Organize Your Items

When packing your unit for temporary use, you'll want to take a different approach to loading your items inside. Having everything in the unit ready for your next moving day can make the process of relocating a bit easier. For example, store your mattresses, artwork, and furniture as if they are ready to be moved into your new home. Your mattress should be stored in a mattress box to preserve its shape, and furniture should be wrapped in padding and plastic to protect it from dust and damage. You'll also want to load your large furniture items into the self-storage unit last, as these are the items you'll want to put on your moving truck first the next time you move. Talk to the self-storage facility management about any other tips available for loading the self-storage unit.

Be sure to compare different facilities so you can find the one that is right for you. Once you have the right unit and lease, you can begin packing your self-storage unit for your temporary move. Talk to a company such as Stor-King to learn more.