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For any number of reasons, you may find it necessary to use a storage facility of some sort during a move. Some people turn to storage areas for their items when they are downsizing while others may seek this solution if the property they are moving to is not yet finished. Because moving from one place to another is rarely a perfectly orchestrated process, it is possible that you will need to leave your old house or apartment before your new home is ready to be moved into. If this is the case, you most likely have a few options for how to maintain your household items.

If you have a friend or family member in the area with adequate storage room in a garage, barn, etc., you may consider asking this person if you can store your items there while you complete a local or international move. However, even beyond the aspect of usurping your friend or family member's storage space for a (perhaps considerable) length of time, there are other factors that may possibly motivate you to seek another means of storage. While you can save yourself the cost of renting a storage unit, you usually cannot determine with a strong degree of confidence how protected from the elements your items are when they are stored in someone's personal storage area at home.

Basic Storage Options

If you are employing a moving company for your move, you might have the option or storing your property in one of their storage units until such time as your new apartment, townhome, duplex, or house is ready for you. Check with your moving company to see if this is a provision they offer, and if so, at what additional cost. If you consider going this route, you will also want to personally see the storage unit so that you can compare it with the other, somewhat more popular method: self-storage units.

With self-storage units, you are able to have a high degree of control over your items. You can also usually rest assured that the units themselves are designed in a way that adequately protects the items inside from sunlight damage, rain leakage, and other potentially harmful elements. Even though this is usually the case, you will want to take a look in-person at these units to ascertain their upkeep and general state of repair. If this the first move during which you will use storage and are unfamiliar with what to look for in a storage unit, consider taking a friend or relative who has used storage before along with you.

Protecting Your Personal Items

By examining the physical structure of a storage unit for its soundness, you will be taking one important step in making sure that your household items stay in good condition. However, any number of perils can befall your belongings while they are being stored away from you, and these perils cannot always be prevented even by a sturdy, well sealed-off building. If you will be keeping your items in storage and you already have renters' insurance, check into the provisions (if any) for items in storage. Some renters' insurance policies mimic homeowners' policies in covering the value of the items up to a certain percentage. Percentages and actual policies will differ substantially, so make certain to check the details. Keeping items in storage during a move entails the potential exposure of your possessions to harm, but you can minimize these threats to a great extent. Make certain that you place down tarps or a protective layer of some kind before storing items that can easily become scratched.

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