Self-Storage vs. Full-Service Storage Company

Self-Storage vs. Full-Service Storage Company

When you need to store away valuables, there are two choices: using a self-storage company or using a full-service storage company. Most people know that vaulted storage means greater security for their beloved belongings, but what they don’t know is that it can also mean less work and great value. In this article, we will explain exactly how self-storage compares to using a storage company, so you can decide which option is really best for you.
Security
When it comes to security, using a storage company is a no-brainer. Vaulted storage means that not only are your valuables locked inside your personal storage containers, but they are also locked inside a manned, fully alarm-protected warehouse. With self-storage, you might manage to get an indoor, locked storage unit, but almost all of these storage units are easily accessible to the public both day and night.
Work
With a self-storage unit, you usually do all of the work—the moving, loading, unloading, and stacking of your property—and you are expected to provide your own boxes and blankets to protect your items while they are being stored.
With a moving and storage company, you can have your items packed, loaded, moved, and stored without ever lifting a finger. You also get access to packing supplies and even clean moving pads that can be used to protect furniture and appliances while they are being stored. Then, when you are ready, your items can be delivered right to your door.
Cost
On average, our storage company’s vaulted storage in our clean, dry, secure warehouse can save you approximately 20–40 percent on your monthly storage bill over the cost of a self-storage unit, at just $75 per month for a 245 square foot vault.
To find out more about how Move Central storage company can help you with your moving and storage needs, contact us today for a free quote and consultation!

Preparing for the Storage Company

Did you know that preparing your items for storage before the storage company picks them up is just as important as preparing your items for moving? That is because items can get scratched, damaged, or soiled if not prepared properly.  In this article, our San Diego relocation specialists at Move Central will take you through a few of the things you definitely need to think about when preparing items for storage.

Preparing for the Storage Company 

Scratches
Scratches can occur on surfaces when items are not properly cleaned and covered before storage. Be sure to dust furniture and remove any dirt or food from appliances before storing. This will keep the debris from rubbing fine lines into these items. You will also want to use moving pads or blankets to protect large furniture or appliances inside the storage vault.
Breakage
Breakables should be packed into boxes with plenty of packing paper or bubble wrap to insure that they don’t shift. Choose similarly sized boxes that can be stacked, and ensure that the boxes are packed full so they don’t become crushed.
Mold and Mildew
Dry all surfaces, especially the insides of appliances, so they don’t retain moisture. Letting them air dry for a day or so before the movers come is a good idea.

Rust

Though our storage company provides a clean, dry warehouse for your items, there is always the possibility of humidity rising inside your vault. For this reason, we suggest protecting any tools that will be in long-term storage by rubbing a few drops of oil on them. You will then want to ensure that these items are properly wrapped or stored separately from other items so the oil does not transfer.

To find out more about how our San Diego storage company can help with your storage needs, contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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