Answered by Nicole La CapriaFebruary 21, 2014
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The short answer to your question is yes! Many moving companies provide storage options if you need temporary lodging for your belongings at your destination. When receiving a quote from any potential mover you are considering for hire, be sure to ask if they offer storage services. You can also rent a storage unit from a separate facility and have your movers deliver your goods there, but you may be able to get a better deal if you enlist both moving and storage services from the same company.
Questions to ask about storage
Before deciding if the storage facility is right for you, be sure to ask these important questions to ensure the property is well-maintained, safe and affordable:
- Do you offer climate-controlled storage (optimal for valuables, clothing, furniture, electronics, and other items susceptible to moisture damage)
- What are the access hours?
- Will anyone else be able to access my unit?
- How is the facility maintained?
- How often are the smoke alarms and sprinkler systems checked?
- What are the safety precautions? (onsite cameras, entrance codes, etc.)
- How much is the monthly cost of the unit?
- Are there any extra fees?
- What happens if you miss a payment?
Protecting your belongings from damage
If you will be keeping your goods in storage, it's important to protect them from moisture damage, pests, and heat. The best way to prevent damage is renting a climate-controlled unit, but other precautions include:
- Checking for leaks
- Checking humidity levels
- Making sure all items are dry before storing
- Properly wrapping all goods and keeping them on wooden pallets to avoid damage from flooding
- Using dessicant packs, cat litter or charcoal to absorb moisture
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