If you’re thinking about moving to a new home, it’s never too early to start. If you’ve moved before, you know how stressful it can be. Planning, making ‘to do’ lists and generally preparing in every way you can, even long before you actually call a realtor, not only helps you keep organized throughout the move, but it gives you an idea of just how many tasks need to be tackled.
Just the sheer number of things that must be safely moved can be staggering. It’s why, if you ask a moving professional for tips to make your move easier, he or she will tell you to get rid of as many things as possible. The fewer things you have to move, the fewer details you have to worry about.
Self storage units and moving go hand-in-hand for a number of reasons. Homeowners usually think of a self storage facility only if they can’t arrange to move out of their old home and into the new one on the same day. When the closings of the new and old house leave you with some time in between move out and move in, a storage unit is a great place to keep your belongings safe while you wait to get into the new home.
But being a temporary holding spot is just one way that storage units can come in handy during a move to make the move go easier and lower your stress levels. Here are a few others:
1. Collect items that you want to get rid of
As we said, reducing how much stuff you have makes for a smoother move. One of the ways to have less to move is the get rid of as many things as you can. But you don’t want to simply throw out perfectly good things. Instead, having a garage sale or selling things to friends or on Kijiji, or giving things to a favourite charity or fundraising event, will make sure your stuff ends up being used and will keep it out of landfills too.
But what do you do with the items you want to get rid of before you move? What if you don’t want to have a garage sale, or Kijiji people showing up to poke through your stuff?
Use a self-storage unit. They’ll remain safely in the storage unit until you’re ready to deal with them after you’ve had time to settle into the new house.
2. Store things you don’t need right away, like a lawn mower
Sure, maybe all the stuff you want to get rid of is not enough to justify even the smallest unit. But think also about the belongings you want to keep, but don’t need or won’t use immediately after you move into your new home.
If you’re planning on moving this fall, you’re probably not going to need your lawn mower, or patio furniture until the spring. So why move it. Put it in storage until you really need it.
3. Store New Appliances
Many homeowners combine moving time with the upgrading of their appliances, furniture and equipment for their new home. But what happens when, as you’re planning to move, the washer/dryer combo that you’ve had your eye on goes on sale for an unbelievable price? Sure, you can have it delivered to your home, but then you’ll have to move it in addition to everything else you already have to move.
Instead, have it delivered to your self-storage unit where you can keep it safely until it’s time to install it in the new house.
To learn more about all the advantages of renting a self-storage unit, call or drop into Vault Self Storage today.