Self storage is becoming an increasingly popular phenomenon. There was a time when self storage was used only by students, contractors, and people who needed to put stuff away for a while when they moved to Colorado. Today, however, a growing number of people are choosing to keep stuff in self storage as a long term solution to the problem of clutter in their homes.
Most storage companies offer several options to their customers, from basic lock-up boxes and crates to entire rooms. Rates are quite inexpensive, and many companies offer flexible pricing structures with options for people that want to rent storage for just a few days or weeks, and other monthly options. Special rates for students are often available, allowing them to pay a flat fee to store their stuff during the summer holidays.
Many storage units are big enough to keep a couple of room’s worth of stuff in them, making them a good option to keep old furniture (while it’s up for sale), as well as boxes of sporting goods and other general items.
Storage and Safety
Most companies have strict rules about what you can and cannot store. Usually, you’re not allowed to store flammable liquids in a self-storage unit. So, if you’re putting your barbecue away for the winter, you’ll have to disconnect the gas canister first.
In addition, you can’t keep anything living in a storage unit (although that should be obvious!), and it’s not a good idea to keep anything perishable in there either, as the units are not heated or air conditioned.
When you’re stacking stuff in your storage unit, don’t lean anything heavy against the sides. For starters, if something shifts, it could get damaged. Secondly, while the units are sealed and shouldn’t get damp, anything against the wall is more likely to suffer from the effects of condensation.
Taking Items Out of Storage
You are allowed to come back and get items out of storage at your leisure. If you plan on using storage as a big “second cupboard” rather than as long term sealed box that you’ll only go back to once a year, then you should give yourself plenty of space to wander around your self storage unit. Stacking items and moving them is your responsibility, so take care to make sure that you do it safely. Keep fragile items in a box that is clearly marked as being fragile, so that you don’t mistake them for something else and damage them.
Storage fees are pretty inexpensive, for what you get, but you should remember that you are paying to keep items in a locked up box or room away from your home. Do you really need or want those items? If you’re paying to store them and only use them once or twice a year, could you save money by hiring the items on the days that you use them? Storage boxes can be a boon for families with small homes, but they aren’t the right solution for everyone.
Moving and Storage Options for Relocation
There are many different types of moves in Colorado, and many moves that require special attention. If you find that your relocation project is not as cut and dry as you might like it to be, then there are certain steps that you will have to take in order to make sure that your experience is a good one. One example of a move that requires more than just the common Colorado moving companies is one where there is a time lapse between the day that you have to move out of your old home, and the day that you get to move into your new one. In such situations, you will have to find a place to keep everything that you own while you wait for the move in day to arrive.
First Things First
No matter what your special situation is, you will have to contract with some kind of moving company to handle the transport of your things. The dates are negotiable, especially if you will be storing your things from the time that they are moved out to the time that you get to put them in your new home. The fact that you need help with transport, however, is not. You will have to find a company that you trust to move your things, regardless of if they are moving them to a storage area, or if they are moving them to a home.
One of the unique options open to consumers that find they need storage services during a moving experience is the moving and storage option. There are special companies out there that provide both moving and transport services, as well as storage services for various lengths of time. Usually, hiring one of these companies will save you money in the long run as they give discounts to people who combine services. Make sure that you check out the company just like you would any other company and make sure they have a highly rated service with plenty of happy customers.
Storing Your Things
While many moves do not require storing your things, some do, and if you find that you are seeking storage as well as moving services, you need to take the extra time to look into the storage services that are offered. Sometimes, it might be best to pack your things and store them in the area that is close to your old home, as they are cheaper or simpler to access on the timetable that you are stuck with. On the other hand, it may be easier to store your things in a place that is close to your new home. What you decide will depend on your situation, but both options are open to you.
Regardless of where you end up deciding to store your things, make sure that you take precautions to ensure the safety of your things. Check out the companies that are involved in the moving and storage process, and stop by to check out the storage facilities to make sure that they are up to standard. The last thing that you want is to get your things at your new home after your long wait to find out that they have been lost or damaged. Moving and storage services are out there for consumers who need them, and by knowing these things and keeping them in mind, you too can enjoy a simple moving experience.
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