Furniture storage costs: How much will you have to pay to a moving company
The question “Where to store furniture” arises in different situations, such as house renovations, the need to free your rent apartment for a year, because work requires you to relocate temporarily, or you decided to downsize your house for one reason or another. No matter the reason, you need to solve this issue, and you need to know how much you will spend. Frankly speaking, there is no single answer to the question “How much does furniture storage cost?”, because it depends on a variety of factors, including:
- How much furniture for storage you have
- Which type of storage you choose
Below, we present you with a few possible scenarios, but keep in mind that monthly rates vary greatly, so you should check them with the company you plan to store your belongings at.
Dining room set, consisting of 1 table and 4 chairs – around 45 US dollars
One 3-set sofa – around 30 US dollars
One queen-size bed with two nightstands and table lamps – around 35 US dollars
Someone’s free storage space
Someone in your network, e.g. a family member or a good friend, might have a free basement or garage. You can ask if you can occupy it for some time, especially if we’re talking about short-term storage time. For example, if you’re renovating part of your house. Of course, the best scenario is if you own a garage and simply move your belongings there.
There is one drawback though. The conditions in these facilities are not controlled, so it is unpredictable how your furniture will look and smell, when the time comes to bring it back into the house.
And don’t forget about the insects, which can easily damage your furniture or even ruin it completely.
If you still decide to choose this option, we advise you to proceed as follows:
- Disassemble the furniture made of wood
- Clean it thoroughly
- Once it’s dry completely, wax it well
- Clean the furniture pieces made of fabric and find something to cover them during the storage to avoid any possible damage and dust
- Find a place, which won’t allow any moisture get on/in your furniture and place it there
Portable Storage Shed
You can choose to use a portable storage shed, if you need to store your furniture for some short time, like during a fast downsizing or while remodeling your place.
These come in a variety of options, and their prices vary, as well. If you want to save some money, better opt for the ones, which have no floor and are made of weatherproof material, instead of those, which have a floor and hard walls.
Of course, you do need a floor to save your furniture from damaging, but you can get some free wood pallets and cover them with a piece of rubber flooring. A that, it will not work as well, as having a normal floor, so you need to take care of thorough packaging and wrapping your furniture. Otherwise, you rick getting back to ruined items.
While such sheds don’t provide controlled conditions, they can hardly save your moisture or temperature sensitive items from the damage weather might bring. Be ready that you might need to replace some items or their parts, which will add up to your expenses for storage.
You probably heard about self-storage units before and are sure that it’s the best option to store your furniture. However, the prices vary greatly, as well, and are influenced by the following factors:
- Area of the unit
- Safety (security cameras or onsite security)
- Where the storage units are located (higher prices for busy downtown and lower for rural area)
- Conditions inside the units (controlled or not)
- Access to the storage units (from the outside or from the inside a building)
- “Open” hours (access to the units available during the business hours only or unlimited)
Of course, it might seem that this option is too expensive for you, but after considering the options available, it might become your best choice. After all, it is either you store your belongings in a self-storage unit or have to rent/buy a bigger house to fit in all your current furniture.
Portable storage option
This option is among the most costly storage options, and it is usually offered by moving companies, which offer furniture storage services. Some companies can offer you only this option. It is fair to say that it is very convenient, yet is not exempt of some drawbacks.
First, let’s see how it all works.
- The moving company brings the storage unit (or several storage units) to you.
- You put your belongings in it.
- The company transports it to their storage facilities.
So what are those drawbacks, which might make you change your mind about this storage option?
As already mentioned, you’ll have to pay considerably more. And such things as the number of units you need to fit in all your belongings, as well as the need to hire movers to do the loading, will raise the price considerably.
Another drawback is the inaccessibility of the unit, which means you will not be able to pick up a piece of furniture or some documentation that you forgot to take out of your desk.
If you’re not sure about the option to choose, give us a call and we’ll discuss all possible solution to fit your needs. Together, we can come to a perfect solution and we are ready to offer several furniture storage options to our dearest customers. We care about your belongings and their safety!