STORAGE CONTAINERS: GOOD OR BAD?
According to a study conducted by the Long Island Moving & Storage Association (LIMSA), consumers planning to use a storage or POD-like container to move their household goods could find benefits as well as unexpected costs unless they do their homework first.
Leading professional movers on Long Island say that storage containers are most useful when storing garage-type items that are not breakable or susceptible to damage due to changes in humidity or temperature. They warn against storing upholstery, fine wood furniture, artwork, antiques, press board or pianos in containers outside.
LIMSA suggests consumers seek a free analysis from a professional mover, who is best equipped to advise the consumer on the most cost efficient and safest way to store and ship their valued possessions, with or without storage containers.
LIMSA’s study found that some towns on Long Island regulate the placement of storage containers on residential and business property. In those cases the consumer must obtain a permit from the town with fees ranging from $125-$1500. Permits often have time limits and are not renewable. Storage containers without permits may be subject to impoundment by the town, so check your town’s rules ahead of time, suggests LIMSA.
They also suggest that consumers will experience less damage while storing or moving a container when the container is professionally packed by a licensed mover. LIMSA points out that if the consumer reviews the container company’s contract carefully, they will note the contract usually excludes damages caused by improper packing or shifting of the load. From a professional mover’s viewpoint, improper packing and load shifts are usually the cause of damage.
LIMSA advises consumers to call a trusted mover in their area before ordering a container. Most movers know town rules and also have access to containers, storage facilities and trucks. They can advise the consumer which alternatives are the most reasonable for their move to save headaches and unnecessary costs.