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March 10, 2017

Colorado Springs Vanline Storage vs. Self Storage When Moving

A-1 Freeman Moving Group understands that, with the myriad other things you’ve got to balance regarding your Colorado Springs residential move, there’s one thing you perhaps haven’t thought about: storage. But that could turn out to be a big hangup. Many, to weed the nonessentials from their homes prior to a move. Others need to vacate their present homes before their new homes are ready for residency. And still others have all types of reasons for not being able to take delivery of their belongings at their new homes directly. 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 – offer their clientele various short-term and long-term storage options. The industry jargon for this is “vanline” storage. Its cost is dependent on the company and the options you choose, of course.

But a fair portion of Colorado Springs home- or apartment-dwellers prefer to set up their own storage solutions, apart from those of their moving company. It’s smart to compare|contrast|juxtapose|correlate]59] what vanline storage gives you with what self storage provides. The chart below should help you do that.





·         The van line assumes complete responsibility for your move from first to last.

·         You have the convenience of one-stop shopping for all of your moving and storage needs.

·         You engage with but one point of contact.

·         You have peace of mind knowing everything is being managed for you professionally by one company.


·         The chore of researching a moving company, plus a separate mini-storage provision, plus a outfit to move your possessions out of storage falls heavily on you and you alone.

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

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


·         You must get hold of a local mover to move your household goods out of mini storage or do it yourself.

·         All your household goods – particularly your more valued furniture pieces and equipment – remain pad-wrapped and shielded while they’re in vanline storage.


·         When a driver delivers your possessions to the discrete storage warehouse you’ve chosen, he’ll  unwrap all furniture pads because they’re his or his company’s; you can’t hold onto them. You’ll find it necessary to^ must}112} hunt up something else to drape over your stuff if you want it protectively kept in storage.

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


·         Even though they can be safe and secure, the preponderance of mini-storage units are way too hold sway}132] in these facilities.

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


·         Once your belongings are taken to separate mini storage, the van line has no liability for their condition while stored or after they come out of storage. 

·         Vanline storage presents one conceivable disadvantage: While your possessions are in storage, you have considerably restricted access to them. They can be accessed, but that necessitates vanline labor and will cost you extra.


·         Mini storage, in contrast, lets you have complete control of your possessions and access to them 24/7.

·         All vanline warehouses are designed around tractor-trailer units and can accommodate a moving van.


·         Many a tractor-trailer. That means the driver is required to offload your possessions onto a smaller truck to transport them into storage. So? Your possessions have to be handled one more time than would otherwise be required – which ups the potential for damage and could raise your costs.

Considering the pros and cons of vanline storage versus self storage, one must surely give the advantage to vanline storage. Your specific state of affairs, though, may lead you to some other conclusion. But the choice is yours. And it’s well worth pondering at the start of your move planning. Need some help deciding? Talk with us at A-1 Freeman Moving Group. We think you’ll like the storage alternatives 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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