Making Moving Easy with Self-Storage

Are you organizing rooms, packing boxes, renting vans, and about to move homes? This is not the easiest transition in anyone’s life, especially if there’s time between moving out of the old home and into the new one. The best way though to ease the stress and confusion between houses is to utilize self-storage.

A simple and economical solution, self-storage doesn’t merely allow you to house your belongings safely when you are between homes, but will also prevent you from extra moving work.

At Real Storage, we are intent on keeping your work to a minimum, which is why we’ve compiled these useful tips on how to utilize self-storage to make your move an easy one.

Making moving easier

Self-storage serves a huge purpose when there is a transition period between homes. Space is the first obvious gift that self-storage provides, and that’s really what you need most between homes. Certain items you will want to leave accessible to you during the time between homes (see below), but others can be stored during this period (also see below).

Self-storage though provides another benefit. Rather than having to pack everything twice, leaving everything packed in storage saves you from having to do this. And if you book a mobile storage container, then you also will only have to move it once (more on this below).

What should go into storage?

So, the question you need to ask now is, “What should go into self-storage?” Approach this by asking yourself what you will need on a daily basis – can I last a few weeks without ‘x’?

Ideally, you minimize the items staying out of storage, and maximize the ones you do store. This list of items that should go into self-storage should help you make decisions on most items:

  • Appliances
  • Kitchenware
  • Patio furniture
  • Outdoor décor
  • Home décor
  • Artwork/family pictures
  • Furniture
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Gardening tools
  • Books, games, toys, etc.

Now, if you happen to be renting an unfurnished home during the transition, then make the necessary amendments to this list, as you will need some furniture and kitchenware, perhaps appliances or patio furniture as well.

(Take a quick look here to see the types of items that cannot be stored in self-storage.)

What do you need during your transition?

The other side of the list is likely the items you will require during your transition. Do your best to minimize these though, as the less you need to keep out, the easier the transition will be. Less items means fewer times needing to move them. These are likely the items you will want to keep out of self-storage;

  • Clothing
  • Bathroom necessities
  • Basic entertainment (a couple books/games/etc.)
  • Daily-use electronics and their chargers/plugs
  • Perishable food items
  • Plantlife/pets

The storage unit size that’s right for you

Now that you know what’s going into storage and what isn’t, we recommend creating an inventory list to keep track of everything. This will also allow you to “see” all of your storage items together in one place (on your inventory page). This will come in very handy when trying to determine the size of the storage unit you require.

Take a look at our size calculator here, or, for further insight, read this article.

The storage unit type that’s right for you

There are a few options in terms of the type of storage unit you could rent, and this really depends on your budget and needs. Here’s the options, and some suggestions for the type of project they will work best for:

Drive-up, outdoor unit

A drive-up unit is one that is great if you are looking to access your storage belongings on a regular basis. Find a facility that is close to where you are staying, and you won’t waste much time when you need an item.

The downside here is that an outdoor unit can leave your items susceptible to damage from temperatures and/or humidity. Particular items, such as artwork or antique furniture, could be damaged if they remain in extreme heat or humidity. You may be able to get away with this for a short time during the spring or fall, but we would not risk storing sensitive items in a drive-up, outdoor unit.

Climate-controlled unit

The solution for artwork, antiques, and the like is a climate-controlled unit. Access is not as convenient as a drive-up unit, of course, but these units will keep sensitive items safe from extreme temperatures and humidity. It’s really a must if you are storing any items that fall under such an umbrella.

Mobile storage unit

Finally, what we might suggest is your best option in these circumstances, a mobile self-storage unit is the ultimate in convenience. Rather than having to load your moving vehicle, unload at the storage facility, and then reload and unload for the final moving destination, with a mobile unit you only need to do this process once.

Drop the unit in your driveway, and load at your own pace. Let the unit follow you, so that you have access to your belongings at all times (but do check you can leave this at your transition destination).

The concern here though will be for items that should be kept in a climate-controlled unit. If you have these types of items, then you really should go in that direction. Depending on the number of items you are storing, you could also consider doing a small climate-controlled unit for sensitive items, and a portable unit for items you want easy access to.

(Read more about unit types here.)

If you’re in the middle of building your house or moving away from your home town or needing a transition space between move-in and move-out dates, then self-storage is an excellent solution to give you the additional space you require during these periods.

Real Storage has facilities and partners all across Canada, and are here to aid you in these sorts of projects. Speak with your Real Storage agent today for further information on self-storage for moving homes, or for any of your self-storage needs.