Whether you’re just moving down the street or across the country, moving can be a stressful time for anyone. Fortunately, Extra Space Storage can help! Learn more about how renting self storage can help you during a move to a new home below.

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Why do people choose to rent a storage unit while they’re in the process of moving? Here are some of the most popular reasons for using storage when moving to a new home!

Temporarily Between Homes

Whether you’re trying to make ends meet between apartment leases or you’ve moved out of your old home before your new home is ready, you may need a short-term solution for storing your belongings. With a storage facility that offers month-to-month rental options, you can keep furniture, appliances, and boxes in a secure space until you’re able to move into your new home.

Decluttering for Home Staging

When in the process of selling your home and moving to a new one, your real estate agent may recommend home staging for online listing photos and open houses. This means you’ll need a safe spot to stash belongings that are cluttering your living space or that could make it harder for prospective buyers to focus on your home during walk-throughs. Instead of trying to hide these items in closets, basements, attics, or garages, simply rent a storage unit for a few months until your home is sold.

Moving Cross Country

If you’re moving across state lines or from one coast to the other, self storage can be incredibly helpful. Not only does using a storage unit while moving long distance allow you to move your items in and out in phases, but it also gives you a place to keep larger items like furniture, appliances, and vehicles temporarily until you get settled in a more permanent residence.


Before you reserve a storage unit at a storage facility for an upcoming move, take the time to consider what unit or facility features you might need. Here are a few recommended amenities for moving!

Extended Access Hours

Moving is a long process, which means you may be moving items in and out of homes at all hours of the day. To avoid any conflicts with your moving timeline, look for storage facilities that offer extended access hours. At Extra Space Storage, this means we have gate access from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. to provide more wiggle room for people who can’t visit their storage units during typical 9-to-5 business hours. In fact, some Extra Space Storage locations even have 24-hour gate access. Be sure to check with the facility manager to see what hours are available to make sure you find the solution that’s right for you!

Secure Storage

When storing any item at a facility, you want to know that it’s going to be protected from damage or theft. That’s why Extra Space Storage locations across the country utilize security features like on-site resident managers, electronic gate access, perimeter fencing, video surveillance, individually-alarmed storage units, and even security access to your floor only. Not only do these measures deter unwanted visitors from accessing our facilities, but they can also provide you with peace of mind.

Drive-Up Access

With large, heavy items like furniture and appliances, the last thing you want is to carry them up and down stairs, into elevators, or through narrow hallways. That’s what makes drive-up access the perfect solution! This unit feature at Extra Space Storage allows you to drive a personal vehicle or moving truck right up to your storage space for hassle-free unloading and loading.

Climate Control

Are you worried about storing temperature-sensitive belongings, such as antiques, books and photos, wooden or upholstered furniture, electronics, clothing, and more? With a climate-controlled unit at Extra Space Storage, your delicate items will be stored in a consistent environment between 55 and 80 degrees to prevent damage caused by extreme temperatures outside.

Vehicle Storage

Whether you need to store a car, motorcycle, boat, or RV while moving, vehicle storage at Extra Space Storage can provide the convenient protection you need while you get settled in your new home. Our storage facilities throughout the nation offer a variety of solutions —including indoor storage, outdoor storage, and covered storage—so you can find the best option for storing your vehicle.


Are you looking to move soon but not sure if professional movers are in your budget and not sure what size storage unit you might need? Try our moving cost calculator to get your moving cost estimate in minutes.


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What You Need to Reserve a Storage Unit

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How to Pack and Organize Your Storage Unit

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Storage 101

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Vehicle Storage

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Climate-Controlled Storage Units

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