If you are temporarily moving for work, your employer may be putting you up in a furnished apartment or rental home. As such, you won't need your furniture or many of your belongings. If this is the case, you will need to determine what to do with your belongings and how to store them. Here are three of the most common types of storage options available and what each consists of.
The best known storage option for storing your belongings is self storage. Self storage units can be both outdoors or indoors, depending on whether you select a climate-controlled facility or not. In most cases, you load up the self storage unit yourself, though a mover can assist you if you would like. The unit is then contained, so no one will touch your belongings or your unit once the door is closed. Self storage is typically inexpensive, but the downside is that your belongings can't be easily moved if you never come back to the same city or state.
Moving Pod Storage
Another storage option is moving pod storage. A moving pod is brought directly to your home and you load it up. The pod can then be transferred to a number of facilities, warehouses or commercial yards where it will sit until you are ready to get your belongings out. Moving pod storage is typically the most expensive option and once the pod has been moved, you can't easily access it. But, the pod can be moved to your next location easily, depending on where you next wind up.
The last option is warehouse storage. Typically, your items are placed in thin crates, or wooden boxes. They are then placed inside a warehouse until you need them. The benefit to this is that warehouses are cheap, so rental space is cheap. And your items are transferable, meaning you can easily move them from one location to another. The downside is that your items are not self contained in one bin or pod, which may mean that they can get lost or misplaced. They are also frequently moved as new crates are brought in, which can take a toll on your furniture that may be bouncing around.
If you are moving for work, the company you are moving for many have hired a commercial relocation company to assist you with your move. If they have, the company should be able to answer any questions you have about storing your belongings and which option is right in your situation.