There are many things you have to take care of before heading out on extended travel. Aside from all the details of your actual trip (like how much money you’ll need and where you’ll go) there are other pressing matters back home to take care of first.
If you’re going on an adult-only trip, you’ll need to arrange for family or friends to watch your children and pets, if you have any. But there’s also the matter of what to do with your material belongings. You don’t want to leave your house unattended for long periods of time, even if you have it locked up.
There are many different options for what to do with your stuff, but not all of them will suit your needs.
Below are three different ways you can make sure your stuff stays safe while you’re out on long-term travel:
- Rent a friend or family member’s garage.
This option is great if you have a friend or family member with open garage space. Not only will you be able to get a reasonable price to rent their space, but because of your relationship, you can rest assured your stuff will be safe.
- Find a storage facility with a summer special.
Many storage facilities will offer you a unit for a reduced price during the summer, so make sure you do your research to find the best local deal.
There are also plenty of places like cubesmart.com and others that may offer special discounts to students or AAA members. Storage might seem pricey, but if you do enough digging, it’s likely you’ll find a deal that doesn’t break the bank.
Here’s what your typical prices will look like, without a discount:
- 5 x 10 unit – $75.95 per month (your best bet, unless you need a whole lot of storage)
- 10 x 10 unit – $122.15 per month (enough to store the full contents of a 1-bedroom apartment)
- 10 x 20 unit – $200.50 per month(enough to hold the entire contents of a full 3-bedroom house)
There’s also a helpful tool on that website which helps you calculate the average cost of storage in your specific area.
- Have a Garage Sale.
Let’s be honest, you don’t really NEED most of that stuff you have, do you? If you can do without it you might as well sell it, rather than paying to store it. This way you can make extra money and not worry about it while you’re traveling.
You could do it the old-fashioned way and put up some signs around town and in your yard, or you could take to the Internet. Facebook has a great marketplace for locals, and sites like Craigslist and Buysellandtrade.com work just as well.
Don’t let storage be the worst of your concerns when planning a long trip away from home. With so many options available to you, you should be able to find one that works perfectly within your budget while simultaneously relieving your stress.
Good luck and happy storage hunting!
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