Military families have to move a lot. In fact military personnel make permanent change of station (PCS) moves every two to four years, according to Military.com, relocating almost 10 times more than an average American family. With that many moves in a short period of time, it can quickly get stressful, especially where the changes are abrupt. But your transition can go smoothly with a little prior planning. You can look at military self storage to keep your stuff somewhere safe and secure, when you are going to get deployed.
Here are some tips for making a military move go smoothly.
For a PCS move, the military usually will pay for your household goods to be transferred to the new location, up to an authorized weight limit. When you get to your new home, you can select items to keep, sell or put in self-storage.
Give your housing choices in the next location some thought whether you are living on base, or buying or renting a home nearby. Do a thorough search online, if you cannot afford the time and money to visit the place you are moving to. Check MilitaryByOwner.com for home listings for sale and rent near U.S. military bases. Consider storing your belongings in a self-storage unit while you find the right place.
Obtaining a power of attorney from your spouse, who may be deployed, will enable you to schedule the move, open bank accounts, and ship and receive household goods when you are relocating on your own.
If you are going overseas, you may not be able to send a big shipment, so you may need storage options. You can check out storage facilities near a base and you may get military discounts too.
Check out school listings at SchoolQuest.org, MilitaryChild.org, which are great resources for military families.
5 Things to Consider when Selecting Self Storage
When looking up self-storage options, remember the following:
- Climate-controlled: You may need climate controlled storage for items like furniture, paperwork, electronics, or anything that stand the chance of being damaged by humidity or extreme temperatures.
- Rent storage space according to your need: Try to estimate correctly how much storage space you will need for your belongings. Space is at a premium, so you don’t want to rent a storage unit that turns out to be too small, or pay extra for unused space.
- Auto storage: For men and women in the military who are being deployed overseas auto storage becomes a big headache. Self storage is not just about items from around the house, but also auto storage. Auto storage in Broncos Parkway can help keep your car secure from the elements and thugs. It will be ready to drive when you are back.
- Moving can be easy: When deploying at short notice, you will not have a lot of time to get everything organized and packed for the self-storage unit. Self storage facilities have on-site storage carts, moving supplies, such as boxes and crates, and even move in trucks available to make your move just that much easier.
- Keep your stuff safe: The safety and security of your belongings are a top priority at self storage facilities. A good storage unit will have adequate security measures such as fenced and walled perimeters, gated access, facility manager, security lighting, and 24-hour digital video surveillance to keep crooks at bay. But it is still worthwhile to help protect your possessions while they’re in storage by picking up an insurance policy.
Self-storage can be a lifesaver for busy military families, whether you need a small storage unit to keep just a few items, or you are looking for auto, RV or boat storage while you are away. Your friendly self-storage team at A Better Self Storage, in the Colorado Springs, CO area, can help you to determine what storage solutions are right for your needs. Call us at (719) 900-4148 for more information on self storage units. We offer discounts for anyone who has a military ID at any A Better Self Storage location.