Moving is such a stressful venture. There are so many different arms and legs to account for when you’re moving, that it feels really easy to let something slip through the cracks. Did you remember to rent the truck? Will you be able to pack everything in time? Having so many moving pieces, whether you’re downsizing your home, growing your family, or trekking across country, makes for a stressful endeavor. Especially if you aren’t sure your new home will be ready in time, or if you need to move out of your current home before your new home is ready for inhabitation.
If your new home isn’t ready for your arrival, or if you need to store your things during transit, there are many options. Storing your furniture during a move is a very typical thing to do, which means that there are many opportunities that will suit you, your budget, and your family’s needs.
When you’re moving, there are many reasons why you might need to or choose to store your things. If you’re downsizing, self-storage enables you to save furniture for later use. Alternatively, you can store your things until your new home is ready. Regardless of your situation, there are a handful of things you should know about storing your things during a move.
Some moving companies can provide storage options, or you can do your own research. Looking into what the average self-storage unit costs in your new city will help you decide whether to use the moving company’s option, or rent your own space.
Packing and storing your furniture isn’t something you’ll have to do often, but it can be necessary during a move. To begin the process, start by doing some research. Your research of self-storage facilities should be based on a few things. Firstly, choosing a self-storage facility at your destination instead of your current location is a good idea. If you can, encourage your moving company to make an additional stop at the storage facility so you don’t need to move twice. Do yourself a favor, though, and label which boxes or pieces of furniture should head to the storage facility or your new home.
Moving once is tiresome, but moving twice is exhausting!
Ask yourself: do you need these items? Will this couch be perfect in your new living room, or will you want to replace it once you’ve begun to decorate your new home? How much storage space will you actually need? It’s important to ask yourself these questions, even though they’re usually tough to answer, because you can save yourself time, money, and space during your move.
A simple way to figure out whether something is worth putting into storage or not is to use a little bit of math. Is the value of the item less than the cost of 12 months of storage? Or 3 months of storage? Voila – you have your answer. These maps show the cost of self-storage by city, and are a great resource to help you figure out whether or the cost of storing the items will outweigh the value.
The most common size storage unit is a 10 x 10 x 10. It’s also a good sized estimate for a 1 bedroom home. Maybe you won’t need to store all of your furniture during your move, so this is a good metric for how much space you may actually need.
Now that you’ve discovered what you’ll be storing and where, it’s important to think about the how. Storing your furniture properly is essential in making sure they stay valuable, intact, and well taken care of.
Begin by preparing your furniture for storage. Be sure to use an appropriate cleaner for the type of furniture you’re storing; wood, glass, metal, and other materials have specialized cleaners and protectants. It’s important to let the furniture dry completely, too. If there is lasting moisture, you could end up with watermarks and damage to the furniture.
Once the items have been thoroughly cleaned, it’s time to disassemble the larger ones for ease of transport. Large items like dressers, nightstands, desks, and tables can be disassembled. This will not only help during transportation, but it’ll also save you space in your storage unit. Cover your furniture with appropriate protection, such as bubble wrap for breakable items and drop cloths or moving blankets to cover woods and fabrics.
By prepping your furniture for transport and storage, your furniture will be ready for use once you’re ready to take it out of storage! Unharmed and in the precise condition you stored it in.