Detroit Moving & Storage

When you need a place to keep your belongings while in between homes, professional storage is the best answer. But there are plenty of other reasons for renting a storage unit or using a moving company’s storage service, too. For example, if you need to downsize but can’t part with heirloom pieces or your home is undergoing a renovation.


In each of these cases, you’ll still have the moving process to consider. That’s why using an all-in-one-moving-and-storage-company can make your entire moving and storing process easier and more seamless. Dave’s Detroit Movers can help by matching you with an expert moving company that takes care of every step of your move, from packing, loading, and hauling to unloading, unpacking, and storing your things in the greater Detroit, MI, area.

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What to Look for When Renting a Storage Unit

As you consider a temporary home for your possessions, be sure to keep the following attributes in mind:


  • Cleanliness: The storage facility’s entire property should be clean and well-maintained. A less-than-clean facility can attract insects and vermin, which can find their way into your belongings and damage them.
  • Security: The storage facility should be well-lit and have a security system in place.
  • Accessibility: You should be able to access your unit at any time. The previously-mentioned exterior-door locks at a quality facility should make that possible.
  • Affordability: The average cost of renting a small storage unit that’s 5×5 feet is typically $40-$50 per month. It rises with more space and such amenities as climate-control.
  • Selection: The storage facility you choose should have a wide range of options available when it comes to the units to choose from. This variety should enable you to find the right-sized units with just enough space to store your items
  • Climate-Control: You should also have a choice between environments within the units. Artwork, antiques, and electronic equipment need to be stored in units with climate-control to remain intact.

Types of storage

Our moving and storage partners offer the following types of storage solutions:


  • Residential: No matter your need, moving companies provide just the right amount of space to safely store all your residential belongings.
  • Commercial: When moving companies offer commercial storage services, it takes an incredible burden off your organization. After all, it’s important to know where to turn when you’re in the middle of a relocation. The same is true when you need to clear out equipment to make way for new, but you’re still figuring out what to do with the surplus.
  • Furniture: You may be at a loss as to what to do with your furniture when redecorating your home or when you are in-between houses. But moving companies that provide storage service can be the answer, with units just the right size to keep pieces like your bedroom suite, dining room set, and great-room furniture safe from the elements and theft until you’re ready to collect them.
  • Wine: A good wine storage unit will have special climate control in which either a certain section of the facility or an individual unit can be set to 55-58 degrees with 65-70% humidity.
  • Art: As with wine, you want extra care for your art when storing it. Units for this type of storage should have the climate controlled to 50-80 degrees, with reduced humidity.
  • Documents: The facility storing your documents should have a fire-suppression system, be able to withstand natural disasters, and be secure.

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How to Pack a Storage Unit the Right Way

Just as when you pack a moving truck, you want to pack your storage unit by making the most of the space you have to work with. You also want to do everything you can to make sure your belongings avoid damage of any kind.


Inventory Your Items

The very first thing you need to do, even before packing your first box, is to make a list of all the items that you plan to pack and store. This will help you make sure you don’t forget anything. It will also provide you with a record of what you’re storing, in case something happens to the storage facility in a natural disaster and you need to file an insurance claim.


Put Everything in a Box

Although storage units are small, they have plenty of vertical space. Even a 5×5 unit is designed to story plenty of boxes. And when you pack those boxes so that they’re sturdy and steady when stacked, it makes for the ideal storage situation.


Remember Your Electronic Contents

Whenever you can, pack your computers, printers, televisions, and other electronic devices in their original boxes. These boxes are specially designed with insulation to safeguard their contents. Make sure you include the cords, too.


Don’t Forget to Label Your Boxes

Once your boxes are stacked in the storage unit, it’s nearly impossible to tell them apart. Then when you need to find something in one, you’re left hunting and frustrated. Using a bold, permanent marker to label each box’s contents can save you a world of trouble.


Make Sure You Have Room to Access Your Contents

Speaking of searching through your packed boxes, it’s a good idea to leave yourself room to navigate through the storage unit. Make a path between key areas between boxes. In addition to helping you get to your stuff from time to time, it will make loading your boxes back up to take with you much more efficient.


Put the Bulkier Items in First

Furniture, large appliances, and other bulky and heavy items can do some major damage if they fall on your boxes. So, it only makes sense that they go in the unit first. Mattresses, refrigerators, and other tall items should be placed against the wall of the unit. Then additional heavy items should go in the spaces between them, with smaller boxes going on top of them.


Group Common Items Together

When you can, try to group boxes for one room close together, such as the bedroom or kitchen.


Make the Most of Furniture

Your furniture pieces can serve as storage within your storage unit. Wardrobes, dressers, book cases are great places to stack small boxes. Your watching machine or dryer can also hold small boxes or pillows. A little creative strategy is all it takes to make the puzzle work. Just remember to check those pieces when it’s time to get your stuff. The last thing you want to do is hurt yourself or cause something in a cabinet to fall and break because you forgot about it.


With these tips, you can safely and effectively store your household or business items. For more help with your storage needs or to find a storage facility near you, contact Dave’s Detroit Movers!

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