From Move to Storage

How do you know if you need storage space? Believe it or not, a lot of people ask this same question, especially if they are changing locations quickly. Or you may be downsizing and are unprepared to sort through all your furniture.

Family heirlooms and other items can require thoughtful decisions. For a short-term solution storing that beloved piece of furniture along with other things that you won’t immediately use is a wise choice.

Most of the time, you will know even before your move takes place that you need storage space. A good example: downsizing from an over 4,000-foot house to a house that has 2,400 square feet will motivate you to either have an estate sale, a moving sale, or to check with your moving company about a storage unit.

Here are some reasons people decide to use storage space or a unit.

Short-term storage can be the right choice if you are not ready to part with your belongings while downsizing. Paring down your items can be hard to do, especially if you are in the middle of a move. But storage is a solution. You can get past your move and then double back to retrieve or release items.

Moving abroad
An international move often requires the need for storage solutions. Be sure your relocation team has worked on an international basis. Ask them for storage suggestions and how to move your belongings once you are settled in another country.

Moving long distance
If you are moving cross country or to another state, short-term storage may be necessary while you are selling your current home or looking for your new home. Our team of relocation experts is federally licensed to provide long-distance, interstate moving and storage services to households and businesses moving cross country.

Changing Directions in Life

Many seniors realize that it is time to change directions. Downsizing is hard. There are memories and it is hard to let go of items that you have seen every day. You need time and short-term storage provides all the time you need.

The Sale of a House

For most of our clients, a move is permanent, but some do not have room for all the furniture they have acquired. The sale of a house may require temporary storage for furniture so a home can be staged.

The right moving company will offer short and long-term storage that is tailored to a client’s needs. You want to look for state-of-the-art warehouses that are secure, clean, and offer a perfect storage solution.

Whether you are storing your patio furniture for winter, clearing the clutter to prepare your home for sale, or storing millions of products for your business, your relocation team will walk you through the space you need.

What to Look for in a Storage Unit?

The Unit is the Right Size When storing items during your move, it’s obvious that you want to make sure the storage unit is big enough. However, you also want to ensure it’s not too big because you don’t want to spend unnecessary money. To find the right size storage unit, start by multiplying the length, width, and height of your items. If your bigger items create a pile larger than 5×5, you know you’ll need a storage unit that is at least 25 square feet.

Security is usually the number one concern that most clients have. It’s the right one. You want to know that your items are safe, and this includes fire and theft protection.

Climate-controlled for temperature-sensitive items. Units that have outside doors are usually not climate-controlled leaving your belongings subject to heat, humidity, and harsh winter weather. You may pay a few dollars more, but you will be glad you did when you see the difference a climate-controlled environment makes.

Easy access When it comes to storage, ask questions. You will want to know exactly what your moving team has to offer. Can you easily see what you have remaining in storage? Make sure your detailed list of items stored is kept in a safe place so you will know the details without having to search. Also, check with your team concerning the length of your storage and how your items will be moved in the future.

Here are a few tips to get you started with packing for a storage container or unit:

  • Create box walls. You should pack your boxes from floor to ceiling before moving to the next stack of items.
  • Pack the boxes close together. This will decrease the chances of them moving and shifting during the move.
  • Start with the heavy stuff. Get all your heavy items, like appliances and furniture, in the container first. If possible, try to distribute the weight evenly in the container.
  • Deconstruct as much as possible. Take apart shelves and remove legs from furniture, for example. Remember, you want to eliminate shifting where items can be broken.

Storage units, on a short-term basis, can release stress and worry. Today’s moving companies understand what people need. They have listened to previous clients, and they seek solutions that fit not only your schedule, but your relocation needs.

Make Sure Your Storage Company Has These in Place!

Make sure any storage company you choose is licensed, insured, and bonded. You want the company to offer the safest environment for your household or commercial goods. Remember for antiques, artwork and a number of other items climate-controlled units are best. Lambert Moving Systems’ storage facilities meet and go beyond these requirements.

They are equipped with fire and theft protection systems to ensure the utmost security for your goods. “We will palletize your goods and store them in secure wooden vaults, or we have open racking space available for large or oddly shaped items.”

With a remarkable history from 1925, Lambert Moving Systems has established itself as a trusted family-owned and operated business. Over the years, we have built a solid reputation for delivering exceptional moving services to countless satisfied customers. When you choose Lambert, you are choosing a company that values integrity, professionalism, and the utmost care for your belongings.

Are you in the market for a mover in Alabama? Lambert Moving Systems is one of the top companies for moving in Alabama. We’ve been around for 90 years. Find your location below to get in touch now!

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