If you're considering moving your furniture into storage, follow the steps below for a hassle free move.
Step 1) Determine The Amount Of Storage Space You'll Need
Use the general guide provided below as a gauge to estimate your storage space needs.
(Note: the measurements below are listed as L x W x H in feet)
5 x 5 x 10 = Small items and about 20 boxes
5 x 10 x 10 = Small 1 bedroom home
10 x 10 x 10 = 1 bedroom home (1200-1600 sq. ft)
10 x 15 x 10 = 2-3 bedroom home (1600-2000 sq. ft)
10 x 20 x 10 = 3-4 bedroom home (2000-2400 sq. ft)
10 x 30 x 10 = 5-7 bedroom home (2400+ sq. ft)
Step 2) Find The Right Storage
Here is a list of things to consider when comparing and shopping for a storage unit:
Accessibility - Do you need drive up access? Can you maneuver your moving truck around the storage unit?
Climate Control - Do you need or prefer climate control?
Hours of Operation - Are they open 7 days a week? If not, do they provide after-hours access or 24/7 access?
Security - Do they have surveillance? Are the storage units individually alarmed? Are they gated?
Price- Do they charge a deposit or an admin fee? Do they currently have any promotions? Many storage units offer the 1st month Free or the 1st month at a largely discounted rate, do they offer that? What are the ongoing rental rates? *Note - Many UHAUL Facilities offer storage with the 1st month Free when you rent a moving truck from them. Call and ask about it.
Step 3) Prepare Furniture For Storage
When storing furniture, don't forget the following packing materials to assist you in safegaurding your goods:
Shrinkwrap - Wrap it around drawers and cabinet doors to prevent damage caused by movement during transit. Shrinkwrap can also serve as an extra layer of protection from moving friction.
Furniture pads - Furniture pads aka "moving blankets" can be purchased. If this option is too expensive, consider buying temporary furniture pads or "storage pads." Both options can be found at UHAUL or a local moving supply company.
Step 4) Move Furniture Into Storage
Last but not least, move your furniture into storage.