Do you have a long-distance move coming up, and you don't have housing lined up? It's not uncommon to take advantage of temporary housing, such as hotels or short-term stay residences, when making a big relocation. In fact, it can be a wise decision to get used to your new city before settling on a permanent home. This does pose one challenge though — what do you do with your belongings? Most temporary residences come furnished — plus, you won't want to pack up and move a second time. The following guide can help you with this challenge.
#1: Set up a temporary mailbox
You need to be able to receive mail in your new city, and you may need to provide a destination address in order to place a reservation with a moving service. While they won't necessarily deliver to this address, they may need it for billing and insurance purposes. Fortunately, it's simple to set up a postal box from afar. You can rent post office boxes through US postal services online. Then, once you are in your new city, you can take in your identification to prove ownership of the box and gain access to it.
#2: Choose the right type of moving service
Next you need to pick your movers. You can save time and effort down the road by choosing movers that also provide storage solutions. These companies will load your belongings into either a storage crate or a semi trailer, depending on the number of items. Once they arrive at your new location, they will unload the crate or unhook the trailer at a storage lot. Most services offer a short period of storage for free, but you can pay a small fee for each additional week or month of storage. Then, when you find your new place, you just call up the moving company so they can bring your items to your new house.
#3: Arrange for storage
While a few moving companies have their own storage lots, you usually have several options for storage as this is contracted out by the movers. If this is the case, find out if you have access to the crates while they are in storage. If you do, choose a storage area near your work or temporary lodging. This way you can get things out of storage if you need to access them before you are ready to move into your new place.
While it may be a bit more complicated, once you have handled the simple logistics above your move will go smoothly. Contact a moving company for more help.