What should you store when moving long distance

If you are moving long-distance soon, renting a storage unit is a great option for you. With so many storage facilities available all over the place, you should be able to find a self-storage rental that’s both affordable and convenient. However, before you put anything inside a storage unit, you should know the do’s and don’ts’ of storage. What should you store when moving long distance and how should you pack your things? After you find the right movers in Nashville area for you, you may still have too many items that won’t fit in your new home. Or, at least not at the time of moving into it. This is especially the case if you are moving to a smaller home. We at Big Heart Moving Company are here to help you, both with our moving services and a piece of advice, so stay with us until the end!

Know your items, make an inventory

It’s super easy to forget what you put into storage during a small move, let alone during a long-distance one. Our advice to you before packing your stuff is to make sure to create an inventory list of all items you plan to store or to move. This can include just about anything: from paintings and pictures, to furniture and smaller items. With a good list, you’ll be able to keep track of everything in a neat way. A general rule is to keep a copy for yourself. The other one should be left inside the storage unit. When you go to the storage unit to get your things out, you’ll have your inventory list right there. On top of that, having a list of your items is a must, whether you’re moving long-distance or not. 

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You best start taking inventory right away!

Know what to not store when moving long distance

Depending on the storage unit you rent, you may have different restrictions in terms of what you can store. For example, the storage units Kingston Springs TN offers may have different rules compared to units in other states. Of course, there are items that are universally not allowed to be stored inside your storage unit. Things like gasoline, fertilizers, paint, chemicals, fireworks, explosives, narcotics and propane tanks are a no-go. On top of that, you most likely won’t be able to store food, meds and plants. A rule to follow is that if it is dangerous or can leak and make a mess, you can’t store it inside a storage unit. You can, however, store most other things without any issues. Keep in mind there are items which are better off kept in your luggage or with a person you can trust until you move into your new home.

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You should know what you can and cannot store in a unit.

You should always keep things such as important documents with you no matter where you’re moving to. These documents include warranties for things you recently got, medical and employment records, school-related papers, passports, bank documents, etc. It’s also best to keep expensive jewelry and such items with you, just so you can keep them extra safe. You can throw pretty much everything else inside your storage unit, as well as the things you don’t know if you should keep or throw away. While choosing, for example, some of the best residential movers Nashville has to offer, think of what you want to store.

Things you can store when moving long distance

Now that we know what what we can’t store before moving with our Tennessee long distance moving companies, let’s talk about what we should store in our storage units. Most of the things you’re about to find in this list are clear as day. However, we will also share some things that are good to know when storing these items.

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Once you figure out what to store when moving long distance, things will be easy.
  • Furniture is the one thing you’ll definitely store. You might not have enough space for it, or your new home comes with furniture already. Or maybe the stuff you have now don’t match the aesthetic you want in your new home. Beds, mattresses, tables, chairs and patio furniture are common finds in storage units. While some people don’t do this, it’s best to pack and protect your furniture before putting it away, using packing materials and such. Also, clean and make sure everything is dry to prevent mold!
  • Seasonal items you won’t need right away are best kept in a storage unit where they won’t take up space. This includes clothes, Christmas or Halloween décor, equipment such as ski gear, et cetera. 
  • Books and magazines you don’t plan to read or have no space for should be in your storage. Of course, you may want to display as many books on your shelves. However, if you have some really valuable or damaged books, the best thing to do is pack them in a box and stuff them in your storage unit.
  • Prized item collections are the safest in a storage unit, and here’s why. Collectibles are very sensitive and delicate, and aren’t cheap. To avoid, for example, breaking a figure or losing a prized piece of your collection, make sure to wrap and pack everything.

The best way to store stuff is to pack it neatly

What should you store when moving long distance, and how can you make the most out of your storage unit? If we know anything at Big Heart Moving Company, we know that there’s no better way to make the most out of your space than by packing properly. You can have as many items as you want, but if you pack and put them away securely, great! You won’t need any extra space in your storage unit, and none of it will go to waste. This also means you’ll save some money on the move, which is a very good effect. What a great deal!

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