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Self-Storage with Home Pick-Up
 
The basics of this popular storage method
 
Here Is How It Works
The Pick-Up and Delivery (or PUD) service is a unique way to storage your household goods. Self-storage providers that offer this convenient service will deliver one or more portable storage lockers directly to your home, where you are responsible for packing it with your goods. The storage provider will then return to your home to pick-up the storage container(s) and deliver them to their nearby storage facility.
 
Benefits of using the Pick-Up and Delivery service include:
  • Convenience. Most providers give you 3 days or more to load the storage containers so you can store your goods at your own pace.
  • No Rental Truck or Driving. The storage provider handles all the delivery and pick-up of the storage containers so you don't have to worry about renting a truck or driving it. You also don't need to worry about gas or mileage charges.
  • Peace of Mind. Each storage container is secured with your lock. This means only you have access to what's inside!
  • No Loading Ramps. Storage containers are accessible at ground level so there's no need to lift heavy items or move them up narrow loading ramps.
To reserve this ultra-convenient self-storage solution, look for storage facilities that read "Pick-Up & Delivery" in their listing. Each company should:
 
  • Tell you immediately if they service your area.
  • Assist you in estimating how many containers you'll need (containers often vary in size between companies).
  • Arrange for a time for the containers to be delivered.
  • Discuss packing supplies (assuming that they deliver them) and any related fees for their purchase and delivery.
Once you've covered the basics, it's time to get to work. You can either load your containers on your own or arrange for professional loaders (for an additional fee). If loading them on your own, take a glance at our quick tips on how to properly pack your belongings. If, upon inspecting your belongings, you suddenly realize that you've been a closet pack rat for the past several years, take a moment to consider the benefits of a garage sale before storing your stuff.
 
When you're done packing, be sure to use your own padlock to lock the containers (for extra security), call back your storage company and they will pick up the containers and take them away. When you want them back, simply call or email the company and arrange for the time and place. If you anticipate an ongoing - or even infrequent - need to access your belongings during the period when you'll be storing them, make sure to check in advance with the storage company. Access times vary from company to company and some facilities may charge for any related labor needed to retrieve your goods.
 
How to Choose the Right Self-Storage with Home Pick-Up Company
 
Choose a company that guarantees your satisfaction in writing. The storage company with home delivery & pick up is handling many of the logistics of your storage and/or moving process. You'll want to make sure they will stand behind their work. And ask for actual studies of customer feedback on their service. Don't settle for "our customers really like us." When considering schedules, ask for a guaranteed delivery time frame on your selected delivery date.
 
Delivery Areas
 
A fifty-mile radius in a city is usually a minimum. However, if you're moving within a similar radius, make certain that you ask your storage company if they can redeliver to your new address. Since many storage users don't know their new address when placing items into storage, the broader the redelivery area, the better. Also, check to see if they'll ship your goods - in your current containers - to another city or state.
 
Pricing Structures
 
Most storage companies offering Home Pick-Up charge two basic fees.
  • Delivery and pick up of the containers.
  • Daily or monthly storage of the containers.

Extras such as insurance, moving blankets, professional packing labor and packing supplies are an additional charge. Depending on where you live, the service may actually be less expensive than renting a truck and doing it all yourself!

 
 
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