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How to Get Free Storage

The moving industry, just like any other industry, has numerous terms that are used all the time. Some of them may seem unfamiliar to you, but don’t worry because with some questioning and a bit of research, they’re easy enough to understand.

One of the most common terms is storage, also known as storage in transit or SIT.

What is Storage?

The term refers to the temporary storage of your belongings while they await further transportation. This is usually necessitated when your new home is not yet ready to be occupied for whatever reason. Sometimes, storage is also needed once the items arrive and the owner realizes that their new home is just not big enough. So to buy time and to give your items somewhere to stay, this is where SIT comes in.


Other reasons for getting storage in transit (SIT)

Aside from the reasons mentioned above, SIT can also be used by people who need an immediate place to put their possessions in. This can be brought about by emergencies or tragedies. People who recently got divorced and suddenly have to move out often get storage while they find a new place to stay. It may also be needed by people who got evicted from an apartment, or people who are deciding to move in with their partner. Storage facilities can also be used by people whose homes got damaged (or heaven forbid destroyed) by a storm.

Basically, people can easily find a place for themselves (hotel, motel, friend’s couch) but all of their possessions need a spacious place to stay too.

Getting it for free

So how can consumers like you avail of free storage in transit?  It’s simple. All you have to do is ask.

Of course this is only available for people who hire the services of moving companies. Most companies offer free storage periods ranging from 14 to 30 days, with a specific allotted volume. There are even generous long distance moving companies that offer it free for up to 60 days.

The thing to remember is that they don’t always tell their customers about this service so you have to request for it specifically. If you don’t then they probably won’t tell you about it.

You must remember though, that this free service is for a limited time only. It cannot exceed the set amount of days given by the carrier. Otherwise, additional charges or extension premiums will be charged together with warehouse handling and final delivery charges. Cost can be around $1.10 per 1000 pounds per day. As for warehouse handling fees, it can cost around 30 dollars per 1000 pounds or more.

Once again, the key here is to plan everything as carefully as you can so you won’t incur too many additional costs. You can get free storage from moving companies, but you can’t abuse it without paying the price.

Find a Moving Company Today

The best time to start looking for a moving company that offers free storage is now. Let Top Mover Quotes assist you in find the best movers in your area. Thanks to our wide network of industry contacts, whether you’re doing a local move or a long-distance relocation, we can definitely find the best options for you. Fill out our form today and let’s get started!

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Ariane S

Expert Moving Advisor

Ariane is a proficient moving advisor. She has experience in corporate, individual and special relocations, and is well-versed in coordinating moves, packing tips and shipment estimations.
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