Austin Vanline Storage vs. Self Storage When Moving

A-1 Freeman Moving Group understands that, with the myriad other things you’ve got to juggle regarding your Austin residential move, there’s one thing you perhaps haven’t considered: storage. But that could turn out to be a major headache. Lots of Austin people have found it beneficial, if not {{necessary, to de-clutter their homes prior to a move. Others need to leave their old homes before their new homes are ready for move-in. And still others have all manner of reasons for not being able to take delivery of their belongings at their new destinations straightaway. What then do they do with their stuff? They find a good spot to store it..

Most moving companies – A-1 Freeman Moving Group is certainly one of them – give their customers a number 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 reflect the options you choose, of course.

But a good many Austin people want to come up with their own storage solutions, apart from those of their moving company. It’s a good idea 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 full responsibility for 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 just a single point of contact.

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


·         The burden of finding a moving company, plus a separate mini-storage facility, plus a firm to move your belongings out of storage falls heavily on you and you alone.

·         You must turn your possessions over to staffers from multiple companies – a new company with new people at each and every phase of the transit-storage-delivery out process.

·         “Delivery out” is included in the moving company’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 items – particularly your more cherished furniture pieces and equipment – remain pad-wrapped and secured while they’re in vanline storage.


·         Once a driver delivers your household goods to the discrete storage warehouse you’ve picked, he has to  take off all furniture pads because they belong to him or his company; you can’t keep them. You’ll need to^ must}112} hunt up something else to place over your stuff if you want it properly shielded in storage.

·         Your belongings are kept safe, secure, and free of pests inside the vanline’s commercial warehouse.


·         While it’s true 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 keep comprehensive coverage on them during transit, storage, and final delivery out.


·         If your items are hauled off to discrete mini storage, the van line {{has zero liability for their condition while stored or when they come out of^’re removed from}145} storage. 

·         Vanline storage has one possible disadvantage: While your possessions are in storage, you have extremely restricted access to them. They can be accessed, but that requires vanline labor and will cost you more.


·         Mini storage, by comparison, affords you complete control of your personal items and access to them round the clock.

·         All vanline warehouses are tractor-trailer friendly and can accommodate a moving van.


·         aren’t built for a tractor-trailer. That means the driver must offload your possessions onto a smaller truck to get them into storage. Result? Your belongings have to be handled one more time than would otherwise be necessary – which raises the possibility of damage and could raise your costs.

Weighing the pros and cons of vanline storage versus self storage, one is inclined to hand the advantage to vanline storage. Your situation, however, may lead you to some other conclusion. But the choice is yours. And it’s well worth considering early on in your move planning. Need some guidance deciding? Look to us at A-1 Freeman Moving Group. We suspect you’ll love the storage choices we give you.


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