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March 10, 2017

Austin Vanline Storage vs. Self Storage When Moving

A-1 Freeman Moving Group recognizes that, with the myriad other things you’ve got to contemplate regarding your Austin residential move, there’s one thing you might not have planned on: storage. But that could turn out to be a major issue. Many, to weed the nonessentials from their homes prior to a move. Others need to move out of their old homes before their new homes are ready for residency. And still others have all sorts of reasons for not being able to take delivery of their household goods at their new locations directly. What then do they do with their stuff? They find someplace to store it..

Most moving companies – A-1 Freeman Moving Group is definitely one of them – offer their customers a variety of short-term and long-term storage options. The industry jargon for this is “vanline” storage. Its cost is up to the company and will take into account the options you select, of course.

But a number of Austin home- or apartment-dwellers want to arrange their own storage solutions, as opposed to those of their moving company. It’s smart to compare|contrast|juxtapose|correlate]59] what vanline storage enables with what self storage provides. The chart below should help you do that.





·         The van line takes total control of your move from A to Z.

·         You have the convenience of one-stop shopping for every one|each and every one]65] of your moving and storage needs.

·         You deal with but a single point of contact.

·         You rest assured that everything is being directed for you professionally by one company.


·         The task of researching a moving company, plus a separate mini-storage provision, plus a company to move your stuff out of storage falls squarely on your shoulders and no one else’s79].

·         You must turn your household goods over to personnel from multiple companies – a different company with different people at every stage of the transit-storage-delivery out process.

·         “Delivery out” is included in the van line’s storage fee.


·         You have to get hold of a local mover to move your possessions out of mini storage or do it yourself.

·         All your belongings – especially your more cherished furniture pieces and equipment – remain pad-wrapped and shielded while they’re in vanline storage.


·         Once a driver delivers your household goods to the discrete storage unit you’ve picked, he has to  unwrap all furniture pads because they’re his property or the property of the company for whom he works; you can’t keep them. You’ll need to^ must}112} hunt up something else to place over your stuff if you want it sufficiently covered in storage.

·         Your possessions are kept safe, secure, and bug free inside the vanline’s commercial warehouse.


·         Though they can be safe and secure, lots of mini-storage units are too easily hold sway}132] in these places.

·         The valuation on your possessions remains in effect – because the van line can continue complete coverage on them during transit, storage, and final delivery out.


·         If your possessions are transported to independent mini storage, the van line ’re removed from storage. 

·         Vanline storage does have one conceivable downside: While your possessions are in storage, you have extremely prohibited access to them. They can be accessed, but that requires vanline labor and will cost you extra.


·         Mini storage, on the other hand, affords you complete control of your possessions and access to them 24/7.

·         All vanline warehouses are designed with tractor-trailor units in mind and can accommodate a moving van.


·         aren’t made for a tractor-trailer. That means the driver must offload your possessions onto a smaller truck to transport them into storage. So? Your household goods have to be handled one more time than would otherwise be expedient – which ups the potential for damage and could raise your costs.

Weighing the good and the bad of vanline storage versus self storage, one pretty much has to give the advantage to vanline storage. Your specific state of affairs, however, may lead you to some other conclusion. But the choice is yours. And it’s well worth considering at the start of your move planning. Need some guidance deciding? Get hold of us at A-1 Freeman Moving Group. We think you’ll appreciate the storage choices we have for you.


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The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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