Moving to a new home no longer means what it used to — “pack up the moving truck and go” sometimes just doesn’t cut it! Maybe you’re downsizing to a smaller home, or moving overseas, or moving into a home that is already mostly furnished and you’re not really ready to get rid of everything. Putting things in storage is a great intermediary option that lets you hang on to those precious things you just can’t part with, or tuck things away for a while in anticipation of needing them down the line. You can choose from two primary types of storage when it’s time to make the move, so here are some things you should consider when making your choice.
You can have a storage container delivered to your home where you or your movers can load it up without needing a truck or even a loading ramp. A POD is a large, metal container that can be delivered by truck, then shipped to a local storage facility or trucked long distance if you are moving cross-country. They are weatherproof and durable, designed to be stacked at a storage facility for long-term storage. Some companies will have different sizes while others will just require that you increase the number you need for more belongings. You can choose the day you want it delivered to you and picked up at both locations. Here is the beauty of them; moving containers double as storage!
Using a POD means you can take your time without worrying about movers or trucks who are waiting, and since the POD is at ground level, you can likely do a lot of the work to load the POD yourself. You do not have to deal with driving a moving truck or paying for movers, if you don’t want to. However, if you have heavy items, you can always hire movers to load and unload the moving container for you, which can typically be done quite fast. Once it is loaded, the POD system is designed more for long-term storage. It isn’t too difficult to have the POD delivered to you, but it can get costly — so it isn’t ideal if you anticipate needing to retrieve items from storage somewhat regularly. If you have space on your property it is possible to store the POD there while you slowly move things into your new home.
Right now you may be thinking this is about the coolest invention ever. However, they are not for everyone. Keep in mind that the moving container is getting dropped off to you. So, if either location is a downtown flat or something similar that offers no driveway or nearby parking lot then there is really no place to leave it. You also need to find out if there are any ordinances restricting items such as these sitting in your driveway or parking spot.
You should also know that many locations and companies are only open five or six days per week. So, if you suddenly find out on Friday that you have the weekend off and it would be a perfect time to unload and unpack, you could be out of luck. You should also know that they tend to be more expensive during spring and summer, and long distance moves can be quite costly.
Self-storage is what most of us imagine when we think about renting a unit: a locked room in a storage facility that you can access yourself to store and remove items at your leisure. Typically this means moving your items from your home to the facility, though some movers will assist you in that process — particularly if you are putting a lot of items into storage.
When selecting a storage facility, one of the benefits is access to your belongings whenever you need them. Do pay attention to the building’s hours, though — some spaces are only open to renters during certain hours, particularly if the facility is a higher-security space. Many storage facilities offer climate-controlled spaces that can be ideal if you are storing antiques or other more delicate items, and they come in a variety of sizes. Typically self-storage units are more cost-effective as a result, especially if you anticipate storing your belongings on a more short-term basis.
The downside of a self-storage unit? You need to move all of your belongings into a vehicle, then into the unit, and back again when you’re ready to bring them to your new home. If you have a lot of belongings that process can be quite a hassle, and if you are moving long-distance but need to store some of your belongings upon arrival, you have some logistics to figure out.
If you need an option that lets you move at your own pace, ship your stored belongings long-distance, or if you’re planning to store your belongings long-term and they don’t need to be in a climate-controlled space, PODS can be an excellent option to provide flexibility during the packing process.
You’ll get the most out of your storage unit if you choose the one best suited for your situation. If you are looking for a short-term option that allows easy and frequent access to your belongings, a self-storage unit is probably the best option provided there is a suitable facility nearby. Your movers may be able to provide you with suggestions for getting deals on storage units in your area, and may even offer a service to help you move your belongings.