Through military lifes’ twists and turns, there may come a time when outside storage becomes an option to consider. While weighing your options, AHRN.com has compiled 5 tips to help military families store their household goods.
Whether you are headed out on deployment, to an OCONUS tour, or downsizing due to housing availability, storage can create more housing options and keep important goods safe from the dangers of overseas shipping. There are important questions to consider when sifting through your storage options and preparing your goods to be stored.
1. DO: Know Your Options
In the case of deployment or OCONUS assignments, you have the option of utilizing military storage. It is worth taking the time to evaluate other options available to you. If your family might need access to the stored goods before your return you will want to consider a non-military options. Services like Sparefoot allow you to search local options and compare availability, features and price.
2. DO: Go Small
Downsizing your household goods because of available housing? You might not need all the space of a traditional self-storage unit. A storage unit on the second or higher floor is often less expensive than more accessible ground floor units. Knowing just how much space you need is key to making household good storage financially effective.
3. DO: Understand Natural Disaster Risk
Many areas of the country are vulnerable to at least one major natural disaster. Know what your risks are when selecting a storage unit and packing your goods for storage. From tornadoes to hurricanes, it’s best to be prepared!
4. DO: Ask About Security
Since you are storing your goods partially to protect them, make sure to ask any facility you consider how they manage site security. From fences to surveillance systems to active management, there is a tremendous range of options available in storage facilities.
5. DO: Separate Your Hazardous Materials
Many of the items that can not be shipping through military transportation are also not fit for storage. Paints, aerosol cans, and lawn mowers with gas in the tank are not safe when in a confined area. While preparing your goods for storage, take the time to separate any materials that are flammable or under pressure.
Whether you are moving or simply making room, self-storage offers military families more options and flexibility for managing homes and belongings. Protect your stored items and budget with AHRN.com partner Sparefoot – the world’s largest online marketplace for consumers to find and reserve self-storage units, with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals
We Want To Know:
Have you stored your household goods during your military career? What would you do differently if you stored your good again?