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Blog July 9, 2021

Rent a Storage? Here’s What You Should Know

Posted in Moving Day Tips
Jane Davis

Apart from being a freelance writer and moving expert, Jane is also an art and museum lover.

Are you thinking about moving? You might be a bit confused about what to do first and above all – what about all those things in your home you must move? Well, your relocation will go way smoother if you decide to rent a storage unit for all the stuff you can’t move into your new place right away.

You need to do your research and find a company that will fulfill your desires and provides the right depot space for your belongings. Here are some things you should know before hiring storage services.

Renting Requirements 

First of all, you must provide a valid, government-issued form of identification. That could be a driver’s license, state ID, passport, or a military ID. The next step would be signing an agreement or contract. We warmly recommend that you read it from beginning to end and keep in mind the rules it outlines.

Non-Moving or Portable Storage

The majority of depots offer a wide range of unit sizes and prices suitable for your budget and demands. 

Full-Service Depository

Companies that provide this type of service will gather all your personal properties, pick them up from your home and deliver to a storeroom. Besides, companies usually take photos and document your stuff. This is an excellent reminder in case you cannot remember what is it that you stored or you want to check your inventory list.

Self-Storage Service

This way of storing is safe, secure and affordable for all kinds of items, including larger ones such as pianos or boats. Customers, in this case, are responsible for their home belongings, the warehousing of items and taking photos.

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PODS Portable Containers

Those containers are the best solution for an interstate move, as they will save you money. They are suitable both for transport and for storing. Customers in this situation make decisions about everything: the duration of usage, delivery location and date and the size of the container.

If you need one of these containers for transfer supplies, the company will bring it to you and give you the time to load it. After that, it will be picked up and delivered to your new place.

In the case you want to combine moving and storage, it is possible to store the container whenever you want during your relocation, at home or reposition facilities. After you are ready, it is delivered to your new house.

The most massive size PODS container (8’ wide X 15’ high X 16’ long) requires space needed for a standard-size parking space. The delivery demands a flat surface without inclines or obstructions, a little bit longer than two standard parking locations.


How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Storage Unit?

The most important factor when it comes to the cost is the size. The next most vital aspect is the location. What does that mean? It means that urban warehouse units are generally much more expensive than those in small places or towns. The price could vary from 12$ to 110$ for 30 days.

Depot Unit Sizes – Looking for Predetermined or Modified Forms?

Companies usually offer at least five unit sizes: 5×5, 5×10, 10×10, 10×15 and 10×20. You can also find and choose larger units and different varieties of their sizes.

But, after checking out standard sizes of depot spaces, maybe you found them inadequate for your needs. The solution exists: ask to integrate them with another unit and transform it into a larger one for an additional price.

Additional Storage Services from Moving Companies

If you are looking for a safe and reliable company you can trust your possessions with, their additional depot services should include:

  • Climate control. If you are in an area with extreme weather conditions, you would probably want to go for a climatized space.
  • Several locks. When storing precious and luxurious stuff, you should treat this service as mandatory.
  • Video monitoring. Besides the locks and proper lighting, this aid should be incorporated into your calculations to preserve your belongings. 
  • Good lighting. Proper lighting combined with a security camera is necessary because you can see all properties much better than being in the shade or dark. Also, as much as the inner light is significant, exterior lighting is of crucial importance – to prevent crimes and burglaries.

Can I Rent Storage Units for a Week?

There is no such thing as a minimum amount of time to lease a depository. Still, the recommendation is to rent for a minimum of 4 weeks or on a month-to-month basis. A contract usually doesn’t contain long-term commitment or a minimum storing period. Still, all the conditions vary from one removal company to another.

Full-service facilities regulated by contracts offer a 90-day minimum period. However, others provide various month-to-month benefits.

Benefits Offered by Some Companies

Before signing a contract, we suggest that you research the most reliable companies and to check all the benefits they offer. Some of them are: 

  • admin or deposit fee 
  • 30 days free depository offer 
  • auto-pay & online payment 
  • monthly payments
  • online reviews of the facility and testimonials 

Do You Need Tenant Insurance?

To avoid unnecessary anxiety and worries, you should consider insuring your stored stuff. Most depository facilities don’t include insurance coverage for the stored property. However, they will usually require some insurance before a rental agreement can be signed. You can ensure your belongings against burglary, damage or loss by getting tenant insurance.

Many companies have one more beneficial offer – option of hiring labor assistance. This extra service will raise the total costs, but it is more than necessary because it can help you with packing possessions from the storehouse.    

If you firmly decided to move your belongings from your home and want to hire a reputable moving company to store your items for some time, then East Coast West Coast Express is the firm for you. We can help you with our top-notch facilities and professional support. Do not hesitate to give us a call and we will provide you with a free quote. Our customer support agents will be more than glad to help you out with all your dilemmas when it comes to renting a storehouse. 

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