When you downsize your home and you have to move your items into a storage unit, you want to make sure that you do so in a manner that will help keep your belongings as safe as possible. Here are a few tips to help you ensure your items are safe while in storage.
1. Make Sure Your Moving Truck Will Fit
Not all storage facilities are made the same way. Storage facilities often try to make the most of a limited amount of space, which means that they have specific clearances and headways that have to be observed and respected. Many storage facilities have size limits on the type of truck that can fit into the facility.
Check with the storage facility where you will be moving your belongings. Find out if they have a vehicle size limit. If they have a vehicle size limit, make sure that you communicate that with the moving company, and make sure that moving company can bring the right-sized truck for your move. Depending on the size restriction, you may have to use more than one moving truck in order to get all of your belongings into your storage unit.
2. Make Sure You Rent Enough Space
Next, you want to make sure you rent a storage unit that will provide you with enough space. You don't want to show up, start unpacking your stuff, and discover that you don't have enough space.
The storage unit sales representative should be able to provide you with a good idea of what size storage unit you will need if you provide them with accurate information. Let them know much square footage your house has, how many rooms it has, and what type of large furniture is present. They should be able to give you a solid estimate of how much space you will need for your belongings.
3. Make Sure You Have an Unpacking Plan
Finally, make sure that you have a plan for unpacking the moving van and packing up the the storage unit. Let the moving team know how you want the storage unit packed. What do you want put near the back of the storage unit? What do you want near the front so that you can easily access it? Do you want to have boxes and furniture stacked up, and if so, how do you want them stacked?
The more details you provide your moving team with, the more likely they are to unpack your belongings from the moving van into the storage unit the way that you want them to be unpacked.
Check out a storage facility near you to get an estimate on the size and cost of storing your belongings, and keep these tips in mind for when it's time to transfer your belongings.