Planning for a big move often involves a lot of pieces and a lot of stress. You need to arrange for a removalist, set up your utilities, pack up your possessions, and more.
Sometimes, however, there's an added stressor in the middle of the process: needing to store your belongings for a period of time between moving out of your old property and into your new one.
Maybe you're planning an interstate move and need time to finish up a few things before you make the final move. Perhaps you need to wait for your new property to be move-in ready. Maybe you even have plans for a trip or need to take care of business responsibilities before you move. Whatever the case, you have a gap between move-out and move-in.
If you need to store your possessions, consider using the same removalist you're planning to use for your move. A full-service removalist can handle all of the tasks associated with your move, rather than requiring you to look for other potential providers. There are several great reasons to consider storing with your removalist.
Imagine this scenario: you pack all of your possessions, including your furniture and other big items. You load them onto a moving truck. The truck delivers them to a storage facility. Whether it's in your current city or your new one, once you're finally ready to move into your new home, you're going to have to do it all over again: not the packing part, but loading all the boxes and large items into the moving truck, then unloading them when you reach your destination.
Even if you use removalists to take care of the heavy lifting, you still need to be on the scene at the storage facility to let them in and close everything up when they're done. Before you know it, you've invested almost as much time in the storage process as you did in the move itself.
By storing with your removalist, on the other hand, you can significantly decrease the time and energy you have to put into the process. Instead of having to add in an extra step in the middle, you can simply treat your move like one seamless process: load up, allow the removalist to store your possessions, then have them deliver everything to your new home once you're ready to move in. It's one easy, seamless process--and one that can save you a lot of time and energy during a busy, often stressful period of time.
If you need to move all your household possessions into a storage unit (or two, depending on the size of your home!), you'll have to pay for a storage facility. Often, you can save money by simply storing with the removalist. The removalist can combine the services, while the storage facility typically relies on income from the storage alone.
Not only that, the moving company may be able to offer storage rates based on the length of time you actually need. Suppose you actually only need to store your possessions for a week or two: you don't want to have to pay for a storage facility for an entire month. If you need the storage facility for five weeks, you don't want to have to pay for two months, either. Instead, work with your moving company to pay a storage fee that reflects the length of time you actually need your possessions to be stored.
You may also want to take into consideration the possibility that when you use a storage facility instead of working with your removalist, you may end up locked into a contract that lasts for six months or a year: even more time that you may not actually plan on using the facility.
When you need to store your possessions in the middle of a move, you need a storage facility large enough to hold it all. That may mean a very large storage facility, especially if you have a large home or significant possessions to consider. You may even need to rent more than one storage unit to make sure that there's room for everything and that it's stored properly. When you work with your removalist, on the other hand, they can assess your storage needs based on the contents of your home and ensure that they have adequate supplies available for your needs.
Every time you move your possessions, you increase the risk that you will forget something. Perhaps a box didn't get secured properly, or maybe it gets tucked into a corner and forgotten. While you will make every effort to decrease the risk of that happening, sometimes, items--especially smaller ones--can slip through your fingers at what feels like the worst possible moment.
When you store your items with your removalist, on the other hand, they will clearly inventory and document all of your possessions. In some cases, as with a pod system, you may not have to remove your possessions from the pod at all, which means that they will only get moved once. In others, your removalist may handle carefully storing your possessions. These experienced removalists will work hard to ensure that none of your possessions go missing during the process.
Moving your possessions fewer times, and ensuring that professionals take care of the move, can also decrease the danger of damaged possessions. Since the professionals will be the ones taking care of loading and unloading for storage, you'll know your possessions are in good hands.
Many removalists prefer to move items directly from one home to another and will not work with an unknown storage facility. Storage facilities pose an unknown for removalists. Your removalist cannot know whether your possessions are stored in a climate-controlled environment or if anyone else can get in while they're stored. Since many people do not fully examine their possessions or open boxes to check contents before they go into storage, it can prove difficult to determine when damage occurred or when something went missing.
As a result, if you use an independent storage facility, you may need to arrange to have your items moved in and out of the storage facility independently, rather than taking advantage of an experienced removalist.
If you store independently, you will have to coordinate the removalists' schedule with the storage centre's schedule. Some storage units have specific times when you can move large quantities in and out. Moving a large quantity of your possessions while someone else is moving into or out of the storage centre can also cause additional complications.
When you work directly with your removalist, on the other hand, you need only deal with a single company. This can streamline the scheduling process and increase the odds that you'll get to choose a schedule that works for you.
Trusting your possessions to someone else can be difficult. You want to know that they'll take good care of your possessions in your absence so that when you do finish your move, everything will be in the same great shape as when you moved out of your existing property.
If you choose to store with an external provider, you will need to research that company in addition to your removalist. You want a reputable provider with strong security: a facility that will take good care of your possessions and ensure that nothing goes wrong. That means additional research and an additional opportunity for things to go wrong.
On the other hand, when you work with your removalist to provide storage services, you have increased peace of mind. You've already done the research to know that your removalist will provide trustworthy service you can count on. When you allow them to store your possessions, as well, you can have the same confidence during the storage process that you had during the move itself.
The heavy lifting associated with the moving process--that is, hauling all those boxes, all your furniture, and all the rest of your possessions around--can wear on you quickly, sapping your energy and leaving you struggling. Moving furniture on your own, especially if you don't have friends and family members to help, can even be impossible!
When you choose to store with the same company you use for your move, on the other hand, the removalists will take care of all the heavy lifting. You don't have to worry about arranging for friends and family members to help out with your furniture, nor do you have to worry about an aching back for days or even weeks after your move.
Not only will your removalists handle the heavy lifting associated with moving your possessions out of your home, they will take care of any lifting involved in storing them and, finally, moving them back into your new home. You can simply designate where you want the removalists to place those items, and they will move them to exactly where you want it. Depending on the services you purchase, your removalists may even take care of tasks like putting the furniture back together.
Do you have questions about storing with a removalist? Consider:
You may need storage services because you have had to move quickly, without time to arrange for your new home, or because there's a gap between your move-out date and your move-in date. You might even need storage services due to renovations and other challenges. Are storage services right for you? Take into account the time needed to transport your goods interstate, if needed, as well as how long a gap you expect.
Consider whether you will need access to your possessions while they remain in storage. If you need to access your household goods, storage services through a removalist might not be the right choice for you.
The cost to store furniture between moves will depend on how much furniture you have, how long you need to store it, and what company you use. Using the same removalist to store your furniture, however, can make it less expensive.
A removalist will store your possessions for several weeks or months while you are between moves. If you plan to be between homes for more than six months, however, you may want to consider using pod services or storing your possessions in a storage facility. Talk to your removalist about your options for long-term storage if you know it will be some time before you can reclaim your possessions.
Yes. Removalists are committed to maintaining the safety of your household possessions during your move, whether they're on the truck or stored in a secure lot and waiting for you to be ready to move in. Most of the time, possessions get stored very securely on a lot that belongs to the removalist company. Contact your removalist to learn more about how much security you can expect and how they will move your possessions.
If you know that you're going to have a gap between moving out of your current home and into a new one, leading to the need to store your possessions temporarily, consult your removalist before looking for independent storage options. Often, removalist storage offers more affordable, convenient options than using an outside storage facility. Have more questions about what you need for your move? Contact Clear Sky Moving and Storage today to learn more.