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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.
Short-term 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.
Photo by dougdar, sxc.hu
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
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.
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 month-to-month rentals.
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