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Learn the Basics: Storage 101

Types of storage

Storage refers to a temporary space where you can hold your things before, during or in between moves. It’s a facility where you store your things in order to keep them safe and secure until such time that you’re ready to bring them inside your new address. Think of it like a motel for your goods.

There are many different styles, selections and types to choose from. Depending upon your need, there is something for virtually every type of situation for both short term and long term use.


Here are the different types of storage:

  • Portable Self Storage. Instead of lugging your things all over the map, you can simply have a portable storage unit delivered to your old address, pack it up then call the company to have them pick it up again. With this method, you can decide where to store the container but you can also choose to have it delivered immediately. This option provides 2 to 4 weeks of additional time when compared to a traditional moving van. A lot of people like this option because it’s hassle-free.
  • Climate Controlled Units. Heat and humidity are the worst enemies of electronics, antiques, art and valuable paperwork. For this you can opt for climate-controlled storage units that provide protection against extreme temperature shifts and high humidity levels. Climate control will help to preserve your valuable possessions. There are also some specialized units that offer dust-free environments. 
  • Secure Self Storage Units. This type of storage offers bigger guarantees of safety for your belongings. These secure locations may offer electric perimeter fencing, 24/7 surveillance, and other strict safety measures. This will cost you a bigger premium, but of course no price can match peace of mind. 
  • Basic Self Storage. Most of the time, you just really need somewhere to place your things. Regular self storage is still the most affordable option with several unit sizes that you can choose from. The typical sizes range from 25 square feet to 600 square feet.  
  • Recreational Vehicle. This is a good option for people who own boats, jet skis, RVs, motorcycles, campers, ATVs and other recreational vehicles that require off-site storage. You can choose to get this option if homeowner regulations prohibit you from keeping them at home, or if you want to keep them safe while you’re away. Sometimes it’s also cheaper to have them stored externally, rather than to remodel your home and create a new garage.

Why should you get storage?

There are many different reasons on why people choose to get storage. Some of them include:

  • New house isn’t ready yet – If you’re moving into a newly built house then there might be moments when things don’t go according to plan. Sometimes, the final coat of paint isn’t thoroughly dry yet or the finishing schedule of the house gets pushed back due to various reasons.
  • You miscalculated the space – Some people realize too late that their big king-sized bed, dresser, and wardrobe, won’t all fit inside a tiny room. For instances like this, you can get storage while you reassess your floor plan. Of course you can avoid this by simply doing enough preparation ahead of time.
  • Emergencies that require fast action – Couples who get into fights with their partner (like those who decide to get divorced) often need to move out fast. People who get kicked out by their landlords and victims of various tragedies also need to find new homes fast. Unfortunately, finding a new place takes time and a lot of research. This is where storage comes in- a place for their stuff while they plan their next step.

Some Quick Tips about Storage

Just like when you’re making a hotel reservation, make sure to reserve the storage space ahead of time so you won’t end up stressed if there are no available slots.

Also, make sure to remove any living things and perishable goods inside your items. You wouldn’t want to find dead plants or spoiled food when you get your things back after a couple of weeks.

Lastly, make sure to read the contract thoroughly before you sign it. Read the fine print and be knowledgeable in pricing, features and services.

Written By
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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