If you are moving to a smaller place, or you no longer have enough room in your residence for some of your furniture, you will probably need to hire a furniture storage unit. But if this is your first time using one of these storage units, you may have a few questions about the process. So to help you out, here are some of the important things you need to know.
Buy Storage Unit Insurance -- Although your renter's insurance or homeowner's insurance may cover items that are not stored at your primary residence, it's better for you to invest in storage unit insurance to ensure you have full coverage in the event that your furniture is damaged while in storage. This coverage typically covers risks such as fire, water damage and theft, and it provides peace of mind that your valuable furniture items are protected. And even if your homeowner's insurance or renter's insurance covers these items, your premium may increase if you file a claim for furniture in storage, so buying coverage through the storage unit may save you money in the long term. In addition, storage unit insurance can act as a supplement to your main insurance. This helps to ensure that any possible overages in your main insurance are covered. Most storage unit insurance also covers your furniture while it's in transit, usually within a specified radius.
Select a Drive-Up Unit -- When you're storing furniture, you may want to rent a drive-up storage unit, which gives you direct access to your belongings without having to go inside the storage facility. Drive-up units are convenient, because they are outdoors and allow you to drive right up to your unit for easy loading and unloading. Furniture is often heavy and cumbersome, and if you choose a unit that's indoors, you will have to lug the furniture a longer distance, and you may also have to either climb stairs or find ways to load bulky furniture into a lift.
Select a Roll-Up Unit -- Whether you're getting a drive-up storage unit for your furniture, or you choose an indoor unit, try and see if you can rent one that has a roll-up door. Roll-up doors run on tracks that fold all the way up when you open the door. This gives you additional space to stack your furniture, and allows you more width to load furniture as roll-up doors are wider than swing doors or doors that open side to side.
Contact a business like Australian Moving Logistics if you have specific questions about the process of storing furniture, whether that be for the long- or short-term.