Are You Moving? When To Bring Excess Items To A Self-Storage Unit Facility

Do you have too much stuff to move into your new, smaller, home? Should you bring everything to your new space and then choose a self-storage unit facility, or should you ask the movers to drop the overflow off at a rental right now? Take a look at what you need to consider before answering this question.

Did You Already Rent a Storage Unit?

If you haven't rented a storage unit, you can't ask the movers to drop off your excess furniture, boxes, bins, or bags on move-out/move-in day. But if you choose a facility ahead of time, you have options. Before your moving day arrives:

  • Decide what you want to store. Before you rent self-storage, you need to know what size unit to choose. If you're not sure how much you want to store, you'll need to wait until after you move.
  • Explore self-storage facility options. Call or visit a few local storage facilities. Ask the staff or manager for information on unit sizes, contract lengths, and pricing.
  • Sign an agreement. Most storage facilities require renters to sign a contract or agreement prior to moving anything in. The agreement should detail how much you'll pay, when you need to make payments, prohibited items, and possibly other rules the facility expects you to follow.

What should you do if you already have a storage unit? Assess the size of the rental and measure the extra space. You may need to rent a bigger or second unit if you don't have enough room to add your moving day excess.

To learn more, contact a self-storage facility.

Are You Prepared to Move the Items into Storage?

Whether you plan to store a few items or half your home, you need to pack everything before move day. Failure to properly prep and pack will make it more difficult for the movers to transport everything from point A to point B.

Even though you've already boxed, binned, and bagged your to-move items, you may need extra preparation for storage. This prep includes:

  • Long-term protection. Weeks, months, or years in storage means your home goods need extra protection from dirt, dust, damage, or moisture. Cover furniture with moving quilts, use water-tight bins, and place plenty of cushioning (such as bubble wrap or towels) into boxes that hold breakables.
  • Label everything. Make it easy to find these items in storage with labels. Use a permanent marker to write labels with categories, the room each box or bin belongs to, or the individual items.
  • Separate items for storage. As you prepare to move, separate the items you want to store. This makes it easier for the movers to organize and pack the truck.

Along with prep and packing steps, you also need to discuss your storage plans with the movers. Make sure the company can bring some of your to-move items to your new home and the rest to the storage facility.