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Moving : When You Have to Store Your Items


Moving can be an emotional process. When there are other steps your move requires, the emotion can run even higher. One of these steps is the necessity of placing your items into storage. When the probability of storage plays into the equation, one should look into the correct storage facility to prevent any unwanted “surprises.”

Using the moving company’s storage is a very expensive adventure. There are additional charges for placing your items into their storage, additional charges for removing the items out of their storage and of course, the expensive monthly charges for using their facility. Simply put, utilizing the mover’s storage can add up to plenty of dollars!

When you have to store your items, the best route to take is to use a self storage facility. Not only is it much cheaper, but you can have 24 hour access to your goods and not be limited to the moving company’s hours of business. You will also have the piece of mind knowing that you and only you have access to your belongings.

When choosing a self storage facility, there is one key element to look for: be absolutely certain the moving truck, especially if your goods will be transported by an 18-wheeler, that the truck can “fit” into the self storage facility. This is where the biggest problem can arise for customers, causing additional charges from the movers. If the semi arrives and cannot maneuver properly around the self storage facility, you may be looking at an additional charge like a “long carry charge” or even worse, a “shuttle charge.” If possible, take pictures of the self storage facility, showing its layout, etc., and give to your mover . . . this way they can see beforehand that the truck will be able to “fit”.

At the time when your items are being placed into the storage, be sure to have plenty of blankets and protective equipment to cover your furniture. Remember, once your items are going into a self storage facility, YOU are ultimately responsible for having the proper protective supplies, such as blankets, paper pads, etc. The mover should bring along enough paper pads to do the job since they knew in advance your items were going into self storage, but many times they will “run short” and have no way of protecting against scratches and damages.

By using your own self storage, you will not have to worry about the large expenses that movers charge for storage, and you will be totally in charge of your belongings.

About the Author:

Aubrey Allen Smith is the author of “How to Guarantee a “Perfect” Move” and the “Truth About Trucking.” He is an expert in motor carrier transportation and has 38 years experience within the moving industry.

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Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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