Moving Guide

Storage

Storage

How to Choose a Storage Facility

Storage might be needed in either your old or new location. To find a good storage facility, begin with a basic online search for local storage facilities.  Sites like Yelp and the Better Business Bureau will provide ratings of these companies and detail whether the companies maintain sound business practices.

Most movers have their own facilities for either short or long-term storage. If you would like access to your goods or would prefer self-storage, following are some options in, or close to, Manhattan:

Once you have selected a couple of companies to consider, you’ll have to decide whether you need just short term storage for a month or less, or whether you will need long term storage of several months or more. In addition, you’ll also have to figure out how many items you have to store: is it only a few pieces of large furniture, or do you have several roomfuls of boxes and furniture?

Most storage facilities will have a range of unit sizes and a guide on their website as to how many belongings you can fit in each type of unit. Otherwise you can contact someone at their facility who will guide you as to how many belongings can fit in each unit.

For example, let’s say you have the following items that you need to store for two months:
13 medium and large boxes full of belongings

  • suitcase
  • reclining chair
  • set of golf clubs
  • mattress
  • loveseat
  • floor lamp
  • 2 dining room chairs
  • 2 side tables
  • rug
  • tall bureau
  • bookshelf
  • desk chair

For this amount of items, a 5’ by 10’ storage room would be sufficient.  

Price Quotes

Getting a price quote is the next step in the process. To get one, you’ll have to enter the start date, your address and then select the unit size you want—in our example, the 5’ by 10’ unit.  Generally, storage companies will rent units on a month-to-month basis, and allow you to cancel at any time (you may receive some kind of discount for long-term storage, like rent for 12 months and get a 13th month free). You may have to pay an initial administrative fee, and potentially a cancellation fee.  You may also have to pay an annual fee.

You’ll also need to account for the cost of furniture pads and plastic to cover furniture, rope to secure furniture, and a dolly to transport items into the storage facility, as well as any optional insurance to cover damage to your items. 

Overall, you need to go with the kind of storage facility that fits your needs and price range.  And if you make sure to inspect the storage facility’s physical location, and read all the fine print of their rental contract, your belongings should be safe and your expenses will be planned for.