Moving is usually a stressful event. Even if you’re moving someplace fun like Minneapolis or Corpus Christi, the difficult process of packing, unpacking, and changing homes inevitably causes some stress. That stress doesn’t have to overwhelm you, though, especially if you use self-storage. Besides providing you with moving supplies like boxes, a self-storage facility can help ease the difficulties and complications of moving. Here are four ways self-storage can make your next move much easier.
1. Pay less rent while looking for your perfect home.
Trying to find a new place to live is one of the biggest sources of stress while moving. You want to find a home you’ll love, but you also don’t have much time. Perhaps you’ve already packed everything, and the moving truck is on the way. Or maybe your new job is starting soon, and you want to get settled beforehand. On top of these stresses, you might not know the area very well. Finding a new place can be difficult if you’re not even sure which neighborhood you like best.
Self-storage can take away some of this pressure by giving you the freedom to live in a smaller, cheaper place. Then, you can look for someplace better and more long-term at your own pace.
2. Take time to travel.
If you’re in between jobs or don’t need to go to work immediately, your move can easily turn into a long vacation. All you need to do is put your stuff in storage. The price of a self-storage unit is much cheaper than another month or two of rent, leaving you with extra cash to travel.
Turning a move into a vacation can also help relieve the stress of being constantly at work. Instead of going straight from packing to unpacking, you give yourself time to relax and take a break, especially if your vacation is laid-back. A long walk on the beach followed by a massage is sure to ease the stress of moving.
3. Avoid paying double rent.
Even if you’re moving locally and don’t have time for a vacation, self-storage can be a great option. It prevents you from worrying about paying double rent as you arrange your move-out and move-in dates. For example, if you’re moving out on the last day of the month and your new place isn’t available until a week later, you can put your boxes and furniture in storage and stay with friends, family or Airbnb for that one week. You’ll save a month of rent—and potentially have fun hanging out with your hosts.
4. Unpack without the clutter.
Unfortunately, the stress of moving doesn’t end once you’ve arrived and found a place to live. You still have the long, time-consuming process of unpacking ahead of you. If you’re super organized and don’t have many boxes to unpack, this final step may not be very difficult. For many, though, unpacking seems to never end—especially if you have children. Random objects end up scattered everywhere as you dig through boxes and decide where everything goes.
You can cut down on this chaos (and the stress it causes) by putting some boxes temporarily in storage. If you set aside these boxes as you pack, you can fill them with things you won’t immediately need, like photos and souvenirs. With these boxes out of the way, you’ll have more space to unpack what really matters first.
Moving doesn’t have to be chaotic and daunting. Next time you move, check out a self-storage facility in the area and make your move as stress-free as possible.