There are many reasons why people need to store their household items for a period of time, especially during the moving process. You may be in between selling one home and moving into your new home or need a temporary place to remove excess items while showing your home. There are different options to fit your need, read more below to find one that will work best for your situation.


Self Storage Facilities

These consist of mini-storage units that come in a variety of different sizes to accommodate your storage needs; if you are not sure of what size you may need, use this estimator to help determine the best size.
This option works best for items that you are likely to retrieve, but don't have available space at home. Depending on the facility, self storage is usually convenient and accessible and reasonably priced. Find a self storage facility near you.

Container Storage

This type of storage can be used for long-term, portable storage. Many people refer to this type of storage as Pods, they are delivered to your home where you pack them and then can be stored at a storage center, and once you move to your new home, delivered at your doorstep for your convenience.  This can be a time and money saving solution because you only have to pack once, you don’t have to move your items to the storage facility and then again to your final destination.

Moving Companies That Offer Storage Facilities

If you are using a moving company, check and see if they offer storage facilities as well. Many offer this service for an additional fee. This may be a convenient option to have the same company who is handling the moving, pick up, store your items and then delivery them to your final destination.  

 Important factors to consider when making your storage decision:

Location. It is important to consider the location to your residence and the time and expense associated with frequent visits to the location. 
Convenience. You will need to ask about the accessibility of your storage facility on weekends and evenings.  Some self storage facilities are 24 hours, but check first.
Special Needs. If you are storing items such as electronics or artwork, you will need a special climate controlled unit.  While most facilities offer this, the cost may be more and there may be other restrictions, be certain you know all the specifics.
Security. Be certain you understand the security in the storage facility that you choose. How will your household goods be stored within the storage unit? What kind of security does the facility have both during regular business hours and after hours?
Insurance. Ask about what would happen to your stored items in case of fire, flood or other natural disaster. Don’t assume the storage facility will cover your items if they are damaged or stolen. Check your homeowners or renters insurance policies to see if they will cover items kept in storage.