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What are the main differences between long-term and short-term storage?

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Asked by Macy

December 14, 2012 under Self Storage

Im trying to decide whether to place my belongings in a long-term storage unit or a short-term storage unit, but I’m a little unsure as to what really differentiates the two. What are the biggest differences between them and how can I choose which one is best for me?

Answered by Robert Moreschi

December 14, 2012
The main difference between long-term and short-term storage is the access that you have to your belongings on a consistent basis. Simply stated, short-term storage units are more convenient for people who need to access their belongings regularly and want to be able to visit the storage unit whenever they need to.

If you are planning on putting your belongings in a storage locker and forgetting it about it for long periods of time, then a long-term storage unit is probably the route you want to take. If you are moving internationally, long-term storage is usually the best option, and it's also the best option if you are moving to a smaller house and need to store your belongings that won't fit until you move out into a bigger place.

The lack of access to your belongings is made up for by the expert packing and arranging done by the professionals at long-term storage facilities and you can be sure that your belongings are always stored safely and securely.

On the other hand, if you need to access your things regularly and you want to be able to come and go as you please, a short-term storage unit is clearly the way to go. They have a wide variety of unit sizes for you to choose from and they have great flexibility, with many places being open 24 hours a day so that you can get to your things whenever you need to.

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