Content of the material
- Portable Containers Make Moving Simple
- Short-term and Long-term Storage Options
- How to Track Your Belongings?
- What Factors Affect The Time It Takes For Your Items To Arrive?
- How Far Are You Moving?
- What Time Of Year?
- The Driving Laws That Affect Delivery Time
- What Kind of Storage Options Does Bekins Offer?
- Get Safe and Dependable Moving and Storage Services You Can Rely On
- Moving Company Storage Pricing
- Cost of Professional Movers
- DIY Move with Storage
- How Much Storage Do You Need?
- Get Your Home Ready to Sell with Long or Short-term Storage
Portable Containers Make Moving Simple
No rigid timelines here, thanks to PODS’ easy, built-in storage. Keep your container for as long as you’d like in your driveway or at one of our secure indoor facilities. Unlike other moving companies, we can move you in a week, a month, or whenever you’re ready – you’re in control of the schedule. Change of plans? Rescheduling is easy.
We bring your portable container to you, and you only have to load and unload it one time — even if you need to temporarily store your things at a secure PODS Storage Center. Once your unit is loaded, we’ll drive it where is needs to go, whether it’s your next home or one of our facilities.
You can do it all on your own (go, you!) or get help with packing and loading. Whether you want your whole house packed up and loaded into your container or you just want help with some heavy lifting, we can help connect you with the hourly labor you need.
With PODS, you’re not just getting a container. Our team — rated #1 in customer service for moving companies — understands each move is unique and listens to your needs. This means you get personalized solutions and exceptional support at every step of your journey.
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Short-term and Long-term Storage Options
Storage-in-transit is available for your belongings for up to 90 days. After 90 days, goods are transferred to permanent storage. Storage is a good option if you are not yet able to move into your new home for any reason. However, there are many other reasons why storage may be needed during a move.
Maybe you need temporary storage for newly purchased furniture that you want to store while waiting to move into your new home. Perhaps you’re trying to better market your house, and clearing out some items and putting them into storage is the best way to do so. Maybe your family is moving from a larger home to a small ranch in the country, and not all your existing furniture will fit. We have storage for this purpose as well.
There is no moving and storage need we cannot meet. For whatever the reason, however much you want to store and for however long you need to store it, Allied can accommodate your belongings. Our storage-in-transit and permanent storage options ensure that if you cannot or do not want to move all your belongings at once, they can be held by us until you are ready.
How to Track Your Belongings?
Tracking your belongings during a long distance move as if it were a package isn’t quite possible yet. However, you can keep in contact with the moving company or driver during the move to check the progress.
You can keep track of where your things are at any given moment by asking the driver ahead of time what route the truck will take. Also, make sure that you have the phone number of at least one of the movers so that you can see if they’re running late.
Maintaining communication with your moving company during the delivery process will ensure a smooth delivery. Staying in contact with the company will allow you to keep track of the progress of your shipment, so you’re not left in the dark.
What Factors Affect The Time It Takes For Your Items To Arrive?
In today’s day and age, we are all getting accustomed to getting what we want and when we want it. We are living in a time where 2-day free delivery is the norm for receiving things directly to our front door.
Moving long distances is in a whole different realm. The only instant delivery you can expect with moving is if you’re only moving a short distance from one city to the next neighboring town. With long distance moving, the amount of time it takes for your goods to arrive depends on the time of year, distance, weather, and government laws.
Although it completely depends on the moving company you choose and the delivery window they give you stated in your contract, here are a few examples of how long it may take for movers to deliver your goods.
How Far Are You Moving?
If you are moving to a neighboring state you can expect your belongings to be delivered anywhere between 1-7 days from your move date.
If you are moving long-distance you can expect your delivery to take anywhere from 2-22 days from your move date.
What Time Of Year?
Winter/Fall: If you are planning to move long distance in the Winter/Fall, This time of year is attractive to people because the rates are usually cheaper because fewer people are moving. However, it is possible that your shipment may get caught in a storm or unexpected road closure due to weather conditions along the way. During Winter, movers have less time for their work days because it gets darker sooner than the Summertime. If you have a time-sensitive move and price is not a factor, it may be safer to during the Summer.
Spring/Summer: If you are planning to move long distance in the Spring/Summer, expect a minimum of 1 week and at most 2-3 weeks for your belongings to arrive. While this time of year can be pricey to move, you may receive your belongings faster. Summer is the peak time for moving because schools are out and more families take this time to relocate.
The Driving Laws That Affect Delivery Time
There are new safety laws that don’t allow long distance movers to drive too many consecutive hours. This, in turn, will affect the amount of time that it will take a mover to deliver your belongings.
What Kind of Storage Options Does Bekins Offer?
Get Safe and Dependable Moving and Storage Services You Can Rely On
No matter what or how long you’re storing with Bekins, you can rest assured that your belongings will be safe. Many of our facilities meet the high security standards set by the US military and government.
We offer an array of moving and storage services to fit your specific needs. Storage services we offer include but are not limited to:
- Long-term Storage Units and Services. When you need your belongings back, all you have to do is give us a 24-hour notice to return your belongings in pristine condition.
- Short-Term Storage Units and Services. When you need your belongings back, all you have to do is give us a 24-hour notice to return your belongings in pristine condition.
- Storage-in-Transit For Up to 180 Days. If you initially choose our storage-in-transit services but need to store items for more than 180 days, just contact your local moving agent for help.
The Bekins team is also available to pack your belongings before you store them, especially items that are particularly prone to breaking. We’ll wrap them securely so that when you retrieve your items, they’ll be in the same condition you left them in. If you’re looking for a reliable moving and storage service company near you, Bekins should be top-of-mind!
Moving Company Storage Pricing
Let’s get down to actual numbers. Moving companies typically charge by the size of your storage container. Assume about 40 cents per cubic foot to determine your monthly costs. Assume around $50 a month for a small, five-by-five foot unit and around $350 a month for larger units.
When you reach out for free quotes from several potential movers, you should receive the following details in your cost estimate:
- Cost to move your items to the storage unit
- Monthly or daily storage price
- Cost to deliver it to your new home
- Fees for extra services or administrative fees
Cost of Professional Movers
So, how much do movers cost without storage? This depends on what type of company you’re using and important add-ons like packing materials.
For example, local moves charged an hourly rate for labor. Add storage costs on top of that and your next move will include the length of your two moving days plus storage prices.
Long-distance movers—in other words, those more than 100 miles or out of state (depending on the company)—determine their costs by:
- Weight of your household goods
- Fees to pack specialty items
- Number of stairs or the use of an elevator in your home
- Special services such as unpacking and packing services or furniture assembly and disassembly.
- Time of the year for your move
DIY Move with Storage
You can save money by opting to handle some of the moving processes yourself. In this case, you have two options: renting a moving truck or a portable storage unit.
Companies like Uhaul have their own storage units across the country, costing an average of $160 a month. Remember, however, that you’ll save money on labor with truck rentals, you do have to cover fuel costs, tolls, and all the heavy lifting.
You can also turn to brands like PODS or UPack that drop a storage unit off at your home to handle loading and unloading yourself. PODS is incredibly transparent about their pricing, noting that storage units start at $149 a month. Depending on how long you use their storage, the $75 fee for pick up and delivery may be waived.
How Much Storage Do You Need?
Remember to envision all the items you need to store shrunk down into a compact space. Obviously, you do not need a container the size of your home to hold boxes and furniture.
A small container—either 5X5 or 5X10—typically holds the contents of one room. Move up to a 10X10 or a 10X15 container and you have the space for a one or two-bedroom home. Lastly, a large, 10X25 unit is typically enough for many of the items in a three-bedroom house.
Remember to make adjustments for abnormally large items such as storing a car, a piano, or a large couch that does not break down into sections.
Get Your Home Ready to Sell with Long or Short-term Storage
Experts recommend staging a house to help home buyers imagine how the space will work for them. If you have personal photos and furnishings that make your home feel a little cluttered, why not put those items in storage before you place your house on the market? A moving company can pack, do the loading, transport, and store extra items until you are ready to move them to your new home. You can select the items you wish to store and let the moving company take them to a secure, climate-controlled storage facility. The items can remain in storage for a few weeks or several months if needed. You can focus on staging your home to attract the best offer. If you sell your current house before you close on a new one, do not worry. You can be confident that your stored belongings will be secure and ready for you when you are ready to move them into your new home.