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The Essential Guide to Storage

How to Store Your Things When Moving

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If you need to rent storage space for your move, there are a few tasks you need to do to ensure you get the right space for your needs, including a place that will securely store your things. Find out everything you need to know about storage in this helpful, handy guide.

1. All About Storage

If you need to store your belongings between moves or your new place just doesn't have adequate space for all your stuff, then you may need to rent storage space.

Although finding adequate storage may not be high on your priority list, especially while you're in the middle of a move, there are things you need to be aware of. Just like hiring a moving company, make sure your household items are in safe hands.

2. What Kind of Storage Do You Need?

Before you go out and rent storage space, you should know that there are a couple of options when thinking about storing your things. Start with this article that explains the difference between self-storage and container storage, offering you the pros and cons of each.

3. How Much Storage Do You Need?

A woman emailed me to ask how much storage she'll need for her one-bedroom apartment. She's moving overseas and needs to keep it in a safe place for an undefined time. She also has some items that are valuable and is concerned about leaving them behind.

Often when people rent storage, they rent too much space or worse, too little. This guide will provide information on how much space you'll need so you're not overpaying or finding out at the last minute that the space just isn't big enough. It also provides information on how to ensure your things are safe, whether or not you'll need insurance and what to do to make sure the storage company is reliable. Find out everything you need to know about space and safety, right here.

4. Questions to Ask the Storage Company Before You Rent Space

Even if it's for a short time, before you rent extra space to store your belongings make sure you do your research. This is the one area where most people skimp on time and effort, believing that storage companies are all the same.

But they're not. Think of storage space like an extended move: you're entrusting your things to someone else's care for a while. So before you hand over that antique rocker or valuable print or your childhood books, make sure you ask as many questions of the storage company as you would with a moving company. After all, no matter where your belongings are, you want to ensure they're in safe hands.

5. 8 Questions to Ask Before You Rent Storage Space

If you don't have much time to rent a storage space, print out this checklist of questions to ask the storage company before you sign a rental agreement. Not only will these 8 questions save you money, but they'll also ensure your things are safe and secure no matter how long you need to store them.

6. What is Storage in Transit (SIT)?

Moving, as you've probably discovered, has its own language with terms thrown around by the movers or truck rental agency that sometimes leaves you feeling a little perplexed. So if you don't know what SIT or storage extension coverage or a linehaul charge is, check out the moving glossary; it will help make even the first time mover sound (and feel) like a pro!

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