Moving doesn’t always go smoothly. If you sell your home too quickly, you may have to rent while still searching for a new home. Maybe you’re relocating and need to spend some time in a new city, like New York, while deciding on which neighborhood to settle down in. Whatever the reason, there may come a time when you need to hire a moving and storage company.

At a quick glance, a lot of storage facilities look the same. It’s just a box with four walls to store your stuff, right? The services that storage facilities offer, however, can vary wildly. If you’ve never rented a storage space in the past, there are some things you should look at before deciding on one that’s right for you.

Moving and Storage Day

Once you’ve chosen a storage unit, it’s time to move in. Does the company offer a moving truck or do you need to provide your own transportation? Many companies allow you to schedule time with a moving truck that they offer. It might be included in the price of renting the unit, or available for a small fee, but either way, this helps avoid having to rent a truck from another company. This cuts down on time and hassle.

FlatRate provides full-service storage services for all of your moving needs, including handling the “into and out of” storage move. Contact us for more information on how we can make moving day a cinch for you.

Hot or Not?

Do you need a climate-controlled unit? Decide ahead of time if you need heating or air conditioning in your unit. If you’re moving in the dead of winter, having heat inside the unit can make things infinitely more comfortable. The decision on whether you prefer climate control also needs to be made based on the items that you’re storing. If those items need to be kept at a certain temperature, then finding a climate-controlled storage unit may be a necessity.

Multi-Level Units

Storage units can look very different from one another. Some units are single-level, and some have multiple floors. Some facilities are completely indoors, while others require you to drive through a maze of buildings. Most multi-floor storage facilities have an elevator, but if it’s busy, it may be difficult to use and cause unneeded delays. They may also require an access code or key. If you’re moving large amounts of items in and out on a regular basis, you may want to search for a unit that addresses concerns of accessibility.

Don’t Forget About It

It seems like this could go without saying, but you’d be surprised. In fact, there’s even a TV show about forgotten and abandoned storage units. Besides those people that simply give up on their units, it’s a good idea to know ahead of time how long you’ll be there. Everyone plans to come back at a particular time, but considering that most storage facilities offer introductory pricing, it’s a good idea to stick to your plan. Prices can quickly escalate once that introductory rate is over.

Moving house is no small feat. Moving and storage companies need to be knowledgeable, upfront, and timely, and it is imperative that you look into all of the factors before making a choice. At FlatRate, we strive to make moving as quick and painless as possible. Contact FlatRate to get started with your perfect move today.