Make Your Move a Stress-Free Success

Make Your Move a Stress-Free Success

Five Tips To Select A Storage Unit For A Cross-Country Move

by Jenny George

Moving out-of-state cross-country is stressful enough without having to worry about your belongings. If you won't have a new home immediately upon arrival, you may also need to arrange for storage for everything you own. These tips can help you find the best storage unit, even if you don't have time to visit your new hometown before the move.

#1: Consider What You Are Storing

The type of items you are storing determines the type of unit features you need. These features may include:

  • Temperature controlled

  • Humidity controlled

  • Drive-up access

  • Secure interior units

  • Remote access after business hours

  • On-site security

For example, if you are storing anything temperature sensitive for more than a few weeks, such as electronics or antique wood furnishings, a climate controlled unit is a necessity.

#2: Know the Size You Need

When calling for availability and price, the storage facility will also need what size unit you need. If you already have your moving truck lined up, knowing the size of the truck can help you easily convert that to a storage unit size – simply select a unit with a similar capacity as the truck. For an entire house with up to five bedrooms, a 5-by-20 unit is usually sufficient. If you're unsure, err on the side of larger rather than smaller, especially if you won't be in town yet to supervise the move into the unit.

#3: Choose a Location

Location matters, especially in an unfamiliar city. Choose a storage unit that is close to your new home, or at least central to the neighborhoods where you are planning to buy. Ask your real estate agent for recommendations if you are already working with an agent. If you're not sure where you will eventually settle, select a unit with easy access from a main road or major highway.

#4: Find Out the Access Options

Drive-up access is best if you are storing large items or depending on the movers to bring your items in. Make sure the storage facility can accommodate a large moving truck on site before you sign the lease. It's also important to make sure there are after-hours access options in case you need to get something out of storage after the office closes.

#5: Look at Alternatives to Traditional Units

Some storage units work with movers to offer portable storage solutions. For an out-of-state move where you may need to store everything for an indefinite time period, this can provide the best option. The containers are delivered to your home, where the movers load them with your items and then place them on their truck. From there, they deliver them to the secured storage facility. This minimizes damage from frequent moving, and makes transporting everything to your eventual new home trouble-free.

Begin planning your storage needs at the same time you are arranging the movers. This ensures you have everything lined up well in advance, giving you one less thing to worry about. (For more information on self storage, contact Santa Barbara Mini Storage)


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Moving to a new state is an exciting experience, but all the details that have to be taken care of can get a little stressful before all is said and done. Not only do you have to find a suitable new home for your family, but you have to get everything packed and safely transported to the new place. Then there are all the utilities to get turned off and back on again. Starting a new job and meeting new friends is yet another aspect of moving that can create some stress. But, you don't have to run around like a chicken with your head cut off in order to make your move a success. The moving methods found on this website are designed to help make your move easy, reliable, and successful in every aspect.