Estimates indicate that active military families can expect to relocate every two years!
That’s a lot of moving, compared to the average American who might move once every five years! Being in the Self-Storage industry, we understand the stress that comes with moving, particularly with those facing deployment. Moving, and the subsequent need for storage, is a part of life for more than 2.7 million American servicemen and women.
So, when being deployed, what do military families do with all of their stuff? We’ve provided answers to these questions and included other factors to consider in this straightforward military storage guide.
Whether you plan to store just a few personal items, a vehicle, motorcycle, or an entire household, renting a storage unit can make for an easy transition. You’re not alone! Military members and families rent an estimated 95% of storage units near U.S. military bases.
The first step is finding a convenient storage facility near you. There are some considerations to factor in when selecting a storage facility and unit, including payment options, length of stay needed for your long-term storage needs, safety of the location, and easy access, just to name a few.
An important consideration when selecting a storage unit is to think about whether you will be returning to the current base you’re leaving, or if you know ahead of time where you’ll be stationed upon your return, consider choosing a storage facility near the new base. Storing your possessions closer to your return destination makes moving out of your unit more convenient when the time comes.
Don’t overpay by selecting a unit larger than you actually need. Our self storage managers can help you determine the correct size needed to safely store your belongings. We also have a convenient storage calculator to help you in this effort. Some common unit sizes include:
If you will be on an extended deployment, you may want to consider whether you need climate controlled storage or not. Depending on what you will be storing, humidity, sunlight and fluctuating temperatures can have an impact on your possessions.
What to Store
For piece of mind, it’s important to make sure that the storage facility you select has security features to protect your items. Common features should include:
Personalized gate access
We hope this guide has been helpful and suggest that for more advice and specific questions, you contact us directly. Our knowledgeable and friendly management staff is here to help make your storing experience an easy and pleasant one.
At Cochrane Road Self Storage, we sincerely appreciate your dedication and service to our great nation. As a special thank you, we offer discounts for the military throughout the year. We invite you to contact us today!