Keep or Store? How Much It Really Costs to Store Furniture
Post updated: January 5th, 2017
Whether you are downsizing temporarily, remodeling your home, or moving out of the country for work for a year, you will need to do something with your furniture. Of course, the first question that probably pops into your mind is, “How much does furniture storage cost?” Well, the cost can vary greatly. It’s going to depend on the amount of furniture you need stored, your location, and the type of storage you choose to use.
Garage or Basement
If you have a friend or family member with a garage or basement you can borrow for a while then this may be a great option for you. Obviously, if you are just having your floors redone and you have your own garage, you can move everything out there temporarily.
The problem with this idea is that the climate won’t be controlled. So, if your area experiences a bitter winter or humid conditions then this may not be your best furniture moving and storage solution.
Furniture is often ruined by extreme temperatures, especially wood. Not to mention, insects, dust mites, etc. can destroy fabric. Always disassemble wood furniture and clean and wax it, and make sure it is placed away from anywhere it can potentially get wet. It is also a good idea to clean fabric furniture pieces prior to storage to reduce the risk of mildew or mold. Make sure all furniture is dry before storing and cover it with blankets and other cloths to protect against dust and scratches.
A portable shed might be a suitable solution for you, if you are downsizing temporarily, whether for a remodel or move. They vary greatly in price. One without a floor and made of weatherproof material typically runs a couple hundred. Those with a floor and hard walls are significantly more. If you purchase one without a floor, you could always use wood pallets and place rubber flooring on top of them. You definitely need to wrap the furniture up good, and you will risk things being ruined from the weather. So, you will have the cost of the shed and furniture covers upfront. Plus, you may end up having to replace items that are temperature sensitive.
There is a good chance that you have already considered self-storage. You also probably know that the prices can vary greatly. If you rent a unit in a busy downtown area it is going to be considerably more than using one in a more rural area.
Some self-storage units are accessed from outside while others have entry doors inside a building. They generally range from 3 x 5′ spaces to large 20 x 30′ rooms. Some have security cameras while others have onsite security. You will also find that some storage facilities have “business” hours while others have extended hours. There are also units that offer climate control. The temperature inside them remains consistent, so you don’t have to worry about furniture being ruined from humidity or freezing temperatures. However, they are generally a bit more expensive.
You may look at the price and think self-storage is just not in your budget. However, if storage is holding you back from downsizing to save money, you will still come out ahead even with the payment, if you move into a smaller home. Many people rent an apartment or house that is far larger than they need just to have extra space to store furniture. Not only are you paying more in rent; you are also playing higher utilities.
For illustrative purposes, here are a few estimates regarding storage options based on market averages. For an accurate price quote, please contact a FlatRate Moving representative today.
- 3 seat sofa + 3 book boxes = $34 per month
- 1 bedroom apartment = $239 – $265 per month
- Studio apartment = $159 – $239 per month
- 4 seat dining room table and chairs = $26 per month
- Queen sized bed + boxspring + metal bed frame + 2 nightstands + 2 small table lamps= $44 per month
Portable storage tends to be the most expensive option. It’s often available through moving companies that store furniture or sometimes, portable storage is the only service provided by some companies. This is a pretty convenient option that seems perfect at first, but it can have its disadvantages, too. First, portable storage is generally the most expensive option. The company drops a storage unit to you. You fill it, and they pick up and store it in their facility.
The first thing you should know is that unless you only have a couple items, you will need multiple units, which also means you will need a driveway to hold them. Depending on your situation, you may need to hire movers to load them for you. Another downside is that you don’t have access to your belongings unless you are having the units delivered to empty. This may be fine, if you literally only have a couple pieces of furniture in there, but if you included a few boxes or a desk with documents you may need this could post a problem.
FlatRate Storage Solutions
If you are looking for moving companies that store furniture, FlatRate is the obvious solution. Most moving companies that offer storage are actually just associated with a storage facility. FlatRate owns and operates its own storage facilities. This allows the company to guarantee private indoor access, extended hours, climate control, 24/7 security, photo inventory, and designer storage rooms.
FlatRate offers storage units ranging from 64 cubic feet to 1,600 cubic feet. You don’t have to worry about hauling or carrying anything there either. Full service, door-to-door storage is provided. You will create an inventory and an expert will help you select the storage room you need. Professional movers will pick the furniture up from your home and relocate it to your private storage room. When you are ready for it back, it will be delivered right to your doorstep. It doesn’t get any easier to have your furniture stored in a safe, climate-controlled environment.
-Store your items for 6 months and receive 50% off your out of storage move.
-Store your items for 1 year and receive a FREE out of storage move.
-Refer a friend to storage and receive a free month of storage for yourself.