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You will probably need a moving service to transport your items into the warehouse. The most sensible option is to hire a moving and storage company. They will perform both services. The movers will transport your items to their storage facility where your items will be stored for as long as you wish.

Contact a moving and storage company and request a free estimate. An estimator will be sent to your home to determine the size and cost of your storage need.

Before your items are transported to the warehouse, a crew will arrive at your home to wrap and prepare all items that will be placed into storage.

You also have the option of delivering your items to the warehouse yourself and arrange for space and an inventory list to be prepared for your arrival.

Inspecting the facilities

You should visit the warehouse for inspection purposes. It is important that you are comfortable with the place where your items will be stored. The warehouse should be clean. Check the security features.

The warehouse operators will be completely responsible for your items in storage. See how the items such as furniture are stored. Are they placed in secure wooden containers, known as vaults or pallets? Are they neatly stacked on shelves? These are good indicators of how well your items will be handled.

You should check the facility's history of service and performance by contacting the Department of Consumer Affairs, which issues their operating licenses, and with the Better Business Bureau for any prior complaints.


All paperwork is completed and signed at your home, unless you deliver your items by yourself. Otherwise, you never have to pay a visit to the warehouse, other than for purposes of inspection.

At the time of pickup, the crew foreman will create a detailed inventory of your items and their condition at origin. The warehouse operators accept the responsibility of your items under a contract. In addition to the inventory sheet, you are given a written contract that states where your items will be stored, the monthly rate for the space that your items will occupy, and the schedule and charges for retrieval. You are also provided, free of charge, with a minimum coverage. The amount depends on each individual company. Ask about replacement coverage for your items.


You will have the option of visiting the facilities or having your items delivered to you. In either case you will have to work within the warehouse operators' schedules. They control the access to your items. You may be charged the appropriate handling and retrieval fees. It is best if you contact the warehouse operators a few hours in advance to access to your items.

Storage Fees

Your use of storage space is billed on a monthly basis. There may be a minimum charge of one full month for the first month. If you choose to remove your items any time after the first month, your charges for the space will be pro-rated.

If you do not pay the warehouse storage bill, the operator is allowed by law to place a lien on your items and auction them to cover the charges. The operator must notify you in writing in advance, as well as provide you with the opportunity to dispute it.