Many people find that they need storage places, in addition to moving services, when executing a move. Therefore, if you are planning to move, you should evaluate your needs to determine whether you should also budget for storage space. Here are some of the specific reasons you may need a storage facility when moving:

Keeping Items You Haven't Gotten Rid Of

Many people declutter their homes when moving. Decluttering may be necessary if you have lived in the same place for years because, in such a case, you are likely to have gathered and preserved some things that you no longer need. For example, you may still have toys that your children used to play with when they were young. You can get rid of such items by donating or selling them, and you can keep them in a storage unit while all that is pending.

Bridging the Gap between an Old and New Lease

You may also need a self-storage facility to help you keep your items if your existing lease has expired but you haven't landed a new home. Say you have been looking for a house in your destination city for some months but you haven't been lucky so far. If your current lease expires and you don't want to renew it, you can use a storage facility to keep your belongings while looking for a new home.

Keeping Your Belongings While Preparing Your New House

You can also use a storage facility to keep your belongings if you need to keep your belongings somewhere while readying your new house for occupation. Maybe you want to renovate some sections of the house or give the house a new coat of paint or finish the basement. In any of these cases, you may need extra storage space to keep some items as you make the house ready for occupation.

Keeping Your Belongings While Going Away Temporarily

Self-storage units are typically cheaper than residential houses. Therefore, if you have to move away temporarily, it may be a good idea to rent a unit for your belongings instead of paying rent to keep them in your house. For example, if you have an overseas job assignment for one year, you can rent a storage unit for one year to keep your belongings. That way you don't have to pay rent for a house you aren't using.

Many moving companies also offer storage services so you can talk to your moving company about your need for storage. Even if your moving company doesn't offer the service, they may be able to refer you to a suitable self-storage facility in the areas.