Check With Local Movers
The best way to find out about private storage is talking to local, independently owned moving companies. Movers may know the best places to store furniture and bulky items because they often coordinate larger moves for families who want some of their belongings moved immediately with others items left in storage until a few months have passed. Don’t overlook the value of local knowledge – chat up a local mover and see where they recommend storing your stuff.
Self Storage Options
Modern storage units offer amazing security and some surprising amenities. Some facilities offer climate controlled units for delicate items such as books, important papers and electronics. High end units might cost a bit more, but average self-storage units are available for very reasonable rates and many of them offer special discounts for students, particularly over the summer break. If you’re not too shy to haggle and want to try and score the best rate possible, be sure to ask if they offer a discounted rate for:
• Military vet families
• ROTC cadets
• Enrolled college students
• Paying up front
• Paying with cash
You can also bring the price down by going in on a unit with a few friends. This works especially well if you’re already roommates or if you’re both planning on leaving and coming back around the same time.
Check with your School
Local colleges and universities sometimes also maintain their own storage facility for students to use. These services might come with a nominal fee and the security might not be as great as you’ll find at a high end storage facility. But, if you’re just looking for a place to store some lamps and that old plaid couch, it could be a good alternative. An added bonus is that the facility is usually located on campus which means you won’t have to lug your furniture as far.