How to Avoid Moving (Again) During Summer Break

Lubabah Memon |

You’ve just finished your last final. You trek back to your apartment, exhausted and drained from the exam, the past week of intense studying, the sleepless nights, the crash from your coffee buzz.  All you want to do is crawl up into a ball and sleep.  But you get back to a mess and realize that you have to pack and move back home.

Do you really have to move again though?  Why pack everything up and lug it back home when you’ll be back in three months and will have to go through the same process again?  It’s exhausting and expensive, and the previous year has left you with neither energy nor money.  In order to make your life a lot easier, we recommend that you put your stuff in a storage unit.  This option is fast, efficient, economical, and hassle free.

Location, Location, Location!

There are some things to consider when putting your stuff in storage for the summer.  First is location.  Store your stuff at a facility that’s close to the university, preferably walking distance, so moving your stuff to the unit isn’t difficult.  If you end up storing in a facility that’s far away, your moving costs might actually end up being more.  If the facility is close enough, it’ll be easy for you to come and go, so you might want to store some items there long term.

Heat Can Damage More Things Than Just Your Hair

Second, make sure you put your things in a climate controlled unit.  No matter what city you’re in, it can get really hot over the summer.  High temperatures and humidity can negatively impact books, bikes, artwork done for a class, furniture, and other basic things.  Don’t risk the quality of your things, especially if there’s a simple solution right in front of you.

Keep Out the Thieves

Third, safety is a big concern.  You’ll be gone for the entire summer, and probably won’t look back, so you need to be sure that your belongings are safe.  Storage facilities offer multiple security measures that will ensure the safety of your belongings.  Look for facilities that offer 24-hour video surveillance, on-site managers, security guards, and units with individual alarms on them.  Your stuff will definitely be safer in a storage unit than it will be sitting in an empty apartment all summer.

The Ultimate Convenience

Lastly, we strongly believe that you should consider using valet storage.  It’s actually just as fancy as it sounds and is as hassle free as it gets.  Can you imagine moving your stuff without having to lift a finger?  Well, that’s pretty much what valet storage is.   It’s every student’s dream:  movers come help you pack, pick everything up, take it to the storage facility with them, and store it until you send in a request for them to bring it back.  You can have them come and take everything your last day on campus and have them deliver it to your doorstep the day you get back.  Isn’t this a better idea than bribing your friends with pizza to help you move your stuff?  Instead, you can keep the whole pizza to yourself and watch people do that backbreaking work for you.  Depending on which facility you decide to store at, it probably won’t cost you much either.

One Last Option

Although valet storage is a very convenient way of going about storing your stuff, you should also take portable storage into consideration.  This might be a bit trickier given if you’re living in an apartment or dorm room, but it’s still doable.  This is how portable storage works:  the storage facility that you choose will bring a portable container to your residence, you have up to a week to fill up the container as you wish, then the company takes the container back to store it until you ask them to bring it back to get your stuff.

Overall, putting your stuff in storage over the summer is a cost efficient way of doing things.  It’s definitely cheaper to rent a storage unit than it is to continue paying rent for an empty apartment.  Instead, you can sublet the apartment for three months and make some money off of it.  You can use that money to pay the rent for your storage unit and make a small profit as well.  Sounds like a good plan to us!