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For all of you who are looking for storage, this is the perfect article for you. No matter if you are looking for storage to store big items or some office paperwork you will need to find the best option. Therefore, our moving company prepared this article on on-site vs off-site storage. We can assure you it will help you find the best storage solution for your needs. Keep in mind that the last decision has to be yours. We are here to help you find the storage faster. If you are interested in finding more about storages we advise you to keep reading.

On-site vs off-site storage – what is the difference?

First of all, in order to decide what is the best storage solution for you, you will need to know the difference between off-site storage and on-site storage. Off-site storage is the storage unit that is in the storage facility complex well protected. However, you will need to go to the storage facility to rearrange items in the storage unit. On the other hand, on-site storage is a type of storage unit that is easily accessible. Moreover, you can rent your personal storage container and put it in your backyard. Both of these storage solutions will protect your items the only difference is access to them. Security is one of the most important things to look for when choosing a self-storage unit, and for that reason, it needs to be your main focus.

Other things you need to know before you rent or buy a storage unit

You want your items to be safe no matter if they are a few miles away or they are next to your home. Therefore, you should start looking at the on-site or off-site storage facility Manhattan has to offer. Before you can sign the contract you would ask as many questions as you need to feel secure in making a good decision. Your future storage facility needs to have good temperature regulations and a good fire safety policy. Reading the reviews can help you with choosing storage.

a man signing the contract
Before you sign the contract make sure you agree to terms and conditions

However, if you have a friend who already rents a storage unit you can ask them to recommend you storage facility. Moreover, you should consider sharing a storage unit with a friend. This is a good option especially if you need storage for a short time period. For this option, it would be better to rent an off-site storage unit. It would be easier for both of you to access storage without violating the privacy of the other person.

What is a better option for businesses?

If you are planning to store office supplies long term you need to consider having storage. There is a difference between on-site vs off-site storage when it comes to renting one for businesses. Here are things you need to know before you rent a storage unit for your business:

  • On-site storage – This storage option is better for a company that works in construction. You can easily rent storage containers and use them on the construction site. All you need to do is to ask your storage container provider to make some changes and customize your unit. Moreover, it is a good idea to buy one because they are easy to transport. Furthermore, you can use them to relocate your business overseas. The best thing is that you will receive an on-site storage unit at the address you give to your storage company.
  • Off-site storage – If you are working in the office with a lot of paperwork you this might be the best storage option for you. Some storage companies offer to scan all your papers and make you a digital database you can easily access from your PC. This will guaranty you all documentation is where it should be. All you need to do is to find an off-site storage company the offers these services to their clients and pack all documents into the moving boxes. This is absolutely an option to consider when you are looking for a storage unit.
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Having off-site storage with a digital database is perfect for a busy office

How to prepare your items for storage?

No matter if you are relocating or remodeling your home you will need a storage unit. However, before you can load your items in a moving truck or a storage unit you will need to pack them. We know that packing bigger items can be tricky and for that reason, we advise you to hire professionals to help you with packing and delivering your items to the storage unit. By hiring companies like Divine Moving and Storage NYC, you will have stress-free packing and moving experience. Ask your moving company about packing services. It is important to know how to pack your items for storage. And who knows that better than professionals.

Yet another thing, many moving companies have their own storage facilities. You can also consider renting or buying storage units from your moving company. In the end, if you trust them with your relocation you should trust them with storage as well. By having storage you will also maximize space in your Manhattan apartment. Furthermore, you will be sure that your items are safe and protected. That is especially important when it comes to renovating your home, and you are using storage just to temporarily move your furniture out of the way. Therefore on-site storage is a better option if you have a short renovation of your home.

On-site storage container
On-site storage is better if you are renovating your home

On-site vs. off-site storage – how to choose?

Depending on your needs you can either choose on-site or off-site storage. We recommend using off-site storage as a long term storage solution. However on-site storage will give you the opportunity to store items in your backyard including vehicles. Also, it is better if you buy an on-site storage container, and in the meantime decide to move abroad. You will have one expense less for shipping containers.

Yet another thing, if you are having trouble deciding which storage option will be the best, you should contact your moving company and ask them for advice. For more information about storage units feel free to contact us. We are eager to help you find the best storage solution!

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011