By:
Kayla Coco-Stotts
Posted:
April 2, 2024
Article type:
Understanding Bailey's Moving
Applies to:
Storage

How Long-Term and Short-Term Storage Works with Bailey’s Moving & Storage

Many customers who call in to Bailey’s Moving and Storage have a few questions as to how storage works with our company. Are their items stowed in a temperature-controlled environment? How does billing work? Can customers access items after they’ve been stored?

The following blog can serve as your guide to understanding how storage works with Bailey’s Moving & Storage. From long-term solutions to short-term ones, we’ve got the answers you need.

The Details of Storing with Bailey’s Moving & Storage

When you obtain a free quote online or by phone, that quote pertains to strictly moving services. But if interested in getting pricing for storage, customers will have to meet with an estimator to share the details of how many household goods they need stored and how long they want to place it in storage. After meeting with an estimator, they'll determine the cost to put household goods into storage and what the customer will pay monthly.

What's the advantage of storing your items with your mover? Many who move long distance place some or all of their items in storage, either for a little while or up to years. Unlike numerous self-storage options available, utilizing storage through your mover guarantees that your items are safe, temperature-regulated, and able to be delivered to your chosen destination at any point.

Often people who request storage with Bailey’s do so while booking a move. The process of storing items through a moving company is simpler than self-storage; the customer isn't doing the relocation or packing of a storage unit. It also comes with a guarantee of safety for treasured items – the Bailey’s warehouses aren’t open to the general public and they’re temperature controlled.

That being said, Bailey’s Moving bills customers according to the type of storage they require. We offer short-term storage options for customers who need to store items for six months or less and long-term storage for customers who need to store items for an indefinite period of time.

Short-Term Storage

Storing items for under 6 months is considered as “stored in transit,” and the first month of storage is billed with your move costs. After that, you’ll pay a monthly fee for storage, which is determined by your estimator and depends on how much you’re storing. Often estimators will offer discounts for storage when you’re booking a move, so it’s worth asking when you meet with an estimator for your initial walkthrough.

Long-Term Storage

After the 6-month mark, your items are considered to be in “permanent storage,” and your billing exists outside your move costs.
Most customers who consider permanent storage are moving internationally or relocating for a few years – likely for a job, college, or to be closer to family. The billing works much the same as it does with short-term storage and your estimator will determine how much it will all cost after your initial walkthrough.

You Should Consider Valuation as Well

Both short-term and long-term storage can be covered by valuation to guarantee compensation for your items in the event they are damaged while in storage. We’ve got a whole blog that covers the importance of valuation if you want a more in-depth understanding of how insurance works with movers.

Valuation is a simple way to ensure that you're covered in case of mishaps during transit or while items are stowed away in our warehouse. Moving companies transport household goods constantly, and mistakes are bound to happen. So instead of worrying about the what-ifs, you can document damages that happened to your shipment with your move coordinator and submit a claim for reimbursement.  

Establishing Your Delivery Window When You Want to Take Your Things Out of Storage

Perhaps the biggest con to storing your items with your mover rather than a self-service storage location is that you have to establish a delivery window to get your items out of storage. Though you can make contact with your move coordinator to access items at their location within our warehouse, getting them out of storage requires a bit more planning.

To get your items delivered out of storage you’ll need to establish a delivery window with your move coordinator. This delivery window is determined by the availability of our crew and equipment. So, if you’re looking to get your items out of storage during our peak moving season, expect to figure out your delivery window about two months in advance. During the off season that number is closer to 10-14 days, but the more notice you give your coordinator the better.

Keep this in mind as you consider your storage options. Though storage with Bailey’s Moving & Storage is more secure and simpler to set up alongside your move, you can’t get your items delivered in a single business day.

Have Any Questions About Storage? We’d Love to Hear from You!

Customers don’t move too often in their lifetimes, so typically they have a lot of questions about how we do things. If you’re curious about storage options or just want more information about potentially scheduling an upcoming move with full-service movers, we’d love to hear from you. We have four locations across the Rocky Mountain region in Denver, Salt Lake, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction. You can call us at 888-260-5717, or you can submit a form through our website.