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|We have different relationships to different things. Like friends and
acquaintances, there are some that we like to have around all the time and
others that we are fine putting away for a few years. Self storage
locations offer different services in the way of time. Some are short-term; some
are long-term. It is important to make an educated decision on where you plan to
put your things, because you might not see them for a while.
storage provides you with a wide variety of unit sizes, and your month-to-month payments
will allow you to upgrade or downgrade your insurance, or the size of your unit,
as you see fit. That way, if you want to take some stuff out or put some new
stuff in, you can adjust everything accordingly. You might want more insurance
once you put that expensive piece of art in there. You also might want a smaller
unit once you take the couch out.
If your things don't need
to be in long-term storage, don't put them there. The most convenient way to
keep your stuff safe and out of your hair is short-term storage.
first thing you gain from short-term storage
is flexibility. You are going to be able to
access your things much more easily. Many of these facilities are open 24 hours
a day, and, by virtue of them being short-term, getting your stuff back is going
to be much less of a hassle. Most places will give you a set of keys to your
unit, which gives you unfettered access to your stuff.
Long-Term StorageIf you are planning an international move and you need to store some stuff, chances
are good it's going to be long-term. Maybe you have some pretty nice stuff that
doesn't fit into your house now, but you plan on getting a bigger place in a
couple of years. That's probably also a long-term storage scenario, as long as
you don't mind not seeing some of your things for awhile.
What you are
paying for with long-term storage is the facility's expertise in packing your
stuff and making sure it's safe and sound. Your things will be in the hands of
professionals who are adept at positioning items in the unit and monitoring them
to ensure their protection.
If you aren't able to check on your storage
often, this is a comforting prospect. In essence, what you lose in flexibility
you gain in security when it comes to long-term storage. In addition to this,
long-term storage is built around a lease that could save you money over
Give a good amount of thought to which of these
options will be the most economical and convenient for you. Start early: get a few
quotes, compare, and make the best decision for you and your things.
Author : Patrick Hanan
on August 27, 2009
Movers.com - Moving Expert