Friday, September 24, 2010 -
By Richard Farrell
Special to Relocation.com
Just like there are different types of moving companies, there are different types of storage units and facilities that can house your belongings. Within the industry, there are three different options of storage facilities, and each has pros and cons. Let us consider the differences to enable you to make an informed decision.
First, there is the moving company. Generally these organizations tend to store in their own facilities which would normally be climate controlled, and offer state of the art security systems. This option will appeal to people who are less concerned about cost but want assurance that they are securing a professional storage service. If you have large or grand items to move you will usually need packing and storage and will likely opt for a contract and make use of a professional mover, including their storage facilities.
• On the upside this form of storage offers convenience and a one stop service option. Once a date is agreed the mover can collect the items to be stored, provide an inventory of the items to go to storage, and swiftly move the identified goods to their storage facility.
• Downside here is the cost outlay - definitely the most expensive moving option. Also accessibility, as movers will require you to make an appointment to access your goods in their store. Obviously time is money, so expect additional charges to be raised.
Then there is a self-storage facility. Specialist companies have multiple space offerings within their facilities, and provide storage on an individual client’s needs basis.
• In terms of benefits, unlike the first option, with this choice storage premises are accessible at virtually any time on an “as needed” basis. Since you have hired a specific storage space you can arrange you goods just as you like and in any style that suits your individual needs. Further, you decide what you need and what you do not need, be it proximity to your residence, whether you need climate control and if you want any other conveniences such as ground level access. In other words, you get flexibility!
• Risks include transport - you have to get your goods to the storage facility either by means of your own hired transport or through a mover willing to handle a part move for you. Either way, it’s either more work or an additional scheduling step.
The third option is a mobile storage unit. This is a drop-at your-residence option for the loading/unloading of your goods. The mobile facility comes in a variety of convenient options such as trailers, containers and flat bed vehicles.
• With this option, no truck is needed – the storage comes to you, but there is more, mobile storage is a DIY dream and is popular with do it yourselfers who do not need frequent access to their belongings.
• However, be careful you are not in the same league as with a professional mover and, if your goods are not properly protected and loaded, damage will almost certainly result. As with the first option, access is very limited, and only available by prior arrangement.