Moving is a time consuming and challenging process which involves plenty of planning and decision-making. And one of the decisions that we at Long Distance Moving Experts know you will have to make is deciding what to take with you. Your things can safely be kept in storage until you decide what you want to do with them. The amount of items you bring to a new home dictates whether your move will be complicated and expensive. So, it makes perfect sense to get rid of a lot of possessions before the move and take only your most practical and valuable possessions with you.
Why use storage units
Having some or all of your things kept in storage can be useful in case your new home isn’t ready yet, you might have to spend some time in temporary housing, you might want to travel before you settle into your new house, you might be moving out on short notice, and so on. If you find that you are in one of these situations and need a place to put your things when moving, the following article on which items should be kept in storage during the move will be very useful.
Decide what should be kept in storage
Your first step is to decide exactly which of your items you want to be kept in a storage unit you move. Well anything :
- that you are not sure whether to keep or throw out,
- that you don’t have enough room for,
- things you do not have a use for now, but might need later, etc.
For reference, here are a few of the most common items that are usually kept in storage:
Storing items that you will not need until next season will make unpacking much faster and easier. This will give you a little extra time to settle into your new home and de-stress after the relocation. So, when you are moving, you might want to put into storage the following items:
Out-of-season clothing: your winter clothing and footwear or if you are moving in late spring or early summer; or your summer clothes if you are moving in winter
Season-specific equipment: your snow tires and ski gear when moving in the summer or beach gear when moving in winter
Holiday decorations: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas only come once a year, so for the rest of the time, you can keep your holiday decorations in storage.
Moving into a new home is an opportunity to start over and surround yourself with the things you like. Decorate the place the way you want, and make it reflect your taste and personality. If your current furniture does not really fit in with your new design, you’ll need to buy new furniture. Yet, you might not want to get rid of your old furniture. Until you need it again, you can have it stored away. In fact, furniture is one of the most frequent objects that is kept in storage units.
You might find that you do not need your fridge, stove, washer, or dryer when you stay in temporary housing. You may still need them when you move into your new house.
Having to buy new electronic devices is quite expensive. It’s more likely to want to keep yours, even if you do not have a place for them just yet. Placing your electronics into storage will make sure that they will stay safe until you need them.
Books and media
Books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, and other types of media are a great source of inspiration and entertainment. They can all be safely kept in storage until you have completed your move, and you have the time to organize your collections.
There are many kinds of documents that you have accumulated over time that you have to keep in a safe place. While you should keep your essential documents near you when moving, you might need somewhere that you can store the archives and papers that you need. Keeping all these documents in a storage unit is perfectly safe. You won’t have to worry about them getting lost or damaged during the move.
Art, valuables, and collections
Storage units are a great place to store all of your collector’s items, art pieces, and other valuables as they are extremely secure and very convenient. You can easily keep these things in long-term storage until you have a place for them.
Family heirlooms might have little to no practical or monetary value, but they possess an immense amount of sentimental value. These items will stay safe when kept in storage until you are ready to move them into your new home.
Find the right storage services
If you need some of your things kept in storage while you move to a new home, you will no doubt look for safe and easily accessible storage units. Therefore, make sure that you:
- Look for a storage facility that is close to your new home: This will allow you to easily move all of your items from the storage unit to your new home. You can move your things a few items at a time.
- Find a good storage facility: Make sure that the storage facility you use is well maintained, has excellent security and service. Remember to see if their storage units are climate-controlled.
- Compare prices: Choose a storage unit that has everything you need. Think about which additional features you need. Look into storage units that are outside of your neighborhood which might be more affordable
- Call ahead: You will have a better chance to find a storage unit that meets all of your criteria. If you wait until the last minute, you might end up with a smaller storage unit than you need.
Now that you have read these tips on which items should be kept in storage during the move, we hope that you will find it easier to pack and organize your moving process. If you are looking for a professional moving company that can help with your move, then Long Distance Moving Experts are the moving company you are looking for. We provide professional moving services that can help you with the moving process and if you have any questions about the move or our moving services, call our customer service staff who will be happy to help you.