Long-term storage of household goods can be a tedious, time-consuming, and even costly process. Whether you are a parent of a college student that wants to ensure his or her possessions remain safe and secure or an empty nester who is downsizing and needs some extra storage space for several months, it’s important to select a long-term storage service provider that meets your specific needs.
This guide will focus on four key considerations to keep in mind when selecting a long-term storage solution. These factors are temperature control, fees and surcharges, hours of operation, and the retrieval process.
1. Temperature Control
Household goods storage warehouses maintain a consistent temperature year-round (usually within the range of 55 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit). These facilities are an excellent option for storing items that could be damaged by temperature extremes.
In addition, some facilities may also manage humidity levels. This prevents excess moisture from creating rust on metallic possessions or inflicting other forms of damage on priceless items.
If you need a storage space that keeps a consistent temperature and/or humidity level throughout the year, then you need to inquire into a provider’s climate control capabilities.
2. Fees and Surcharges
Some long-term storage companies make their clients buy a lease on a unit that remains in effect for several months. Other companies offer month-to-month rent, but they may raise the monthly rate without prior notice. Moreover, your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance might not cover stored items. If that’s the case, you’ll likely need to purchase insurance before you can complete the transaction with the storage provider.
With all of these possibilities in mind, it’s important to ask detailed questions to get a clear idea of what price you’ll actually be paying for storage on a monthly basis.
3. Hours of Operation
Whether you’re storing items or retrieving them, it’s important that your storage provider maintains hours of operation that are conducive to your schedule. Many storage companies have 9 to 5 office hours throughout the workweek. Their access times may only extend a few hours later.
If you work long shifts or have limited availability, then it may be a real struggle to show up at the storage facility when the rental units are accessible. Be sure to inquire about the company’s hours of operation and advance notice requirements before committing to them.
4. The Retrieval Process
In most cases, the retrieval process should be a mirror of the initial storage process. Still, in order to avoid misunderstandings and frustration, you want to check. Ensure that you and the storage company are on the same page with regards to the correct procedure. For instance, if it is a self-storage unit, will you use the same access code to retrieve your items that you were originally given to store them, or will you need a different one? If it is a household goods warehouse facility, you may need to schedule an appointment to access your items. If arrangements need to be made to deliver your things to your residence, then plan ahead. Schedule well in advance of your target date.
Partnering with Mesa Moving and Storage
Storing household goods and other items doesn’t have to be a stressful process. In fact, with the right service provider, it can be quick, easy, and pain-free. If you are moving to or from Utah, Colorado, Idaho, or Montana, then Mesa Moving and Storage can help you with all of your long-term storage needs. We offer safe and secure temperature-controlled storage options, flexible access hours, and an easy retrieval process — all at affordable, transparent rates.
If you’d like to learn more about our services, reach out to our friendly moving experts today for further information.