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Moving Advice: How to Choose the Right Storage Space

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When you’re planning a move, you must sort through your belongings and decide whether they’ll be making the trip to your new home. And if you’re downsizing, the best moving advice is to rent a storage space for some of your things.

The tricky thing is knowing which storage space is best for your needs. There are some key questions that can help you decide – and we’re ready to walk you through the process.

By the way, at Storage West, we have a long list of perks. There’s our free move-in truck*, which you can borrow during business hours. We even take care of the gas. We also sell the highest quality, sturdiest moving boxes to get you started.

Then there’s the Here for You Guarantee which provides a higher level of service. Among other things, you get a trio of free moving boxes and up to $3,000 in coverage for your belongings.

How Much Are You Storing?

The way you determine the size of the storage unit you need is very similar to how you decide what size truck you need for a move. The first question to consider is how large a space you need. If you plan on storing bulky items and furniture, you’ll need a bigger space than you would if you were storing only a few overflow boxes.

You can start by measuring the items you want to store. It’s common for people to overestimate the amount of space they need because they think only in two dimensions. Keep in mind that you can, in theory, pack your storage unit to the ceiling.

Of course, if you have fragile items, you may not be able to do that. And that brings us to our next bit of moving advice.

What Kinds of Items Are You Storing?

Next, think about the things you’ll be storing. Some items can be stored as they are, while others may require a controlled climate and special handling.

For example, if you plan on storing a collection of antique clothing, you’ll want to make sure that the storage unit is heated so your treasures won’t be in danger of growing mold or mildew.

Likewise, if you’re storing important papers, you’ll want to make sure that your storage location is safe and secure.

If you’re unsure whether special treatment is necessary for your items, you should consult with a storage specialist and find out.

How Frequently Will You Need to Visit Your Storage Unit?

Sometimes, people rent a storage unit and visit it only once or twice a year. Other people rent a unit and visit it more than once a week.

Why does this matter?

If you plan on visiting infrequently, you might not mind if the unit isn’t close to your new home. On the other hand, if you think you’ll need to access your unit regularly, it’s worth finding a place that’s near your home or workplace. At Storage West, we make our units available during business hours to all of our renters.


Moving to a smaller home or apartment doesn’t mean you must part with your prized possessions. Renting a storage unit is easy, affordable, and practical – and you can get to your things whenever you need them.

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