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When it comes to relocating to the bustling city of Chicago, ensuring the safe and efficient storage of your belongings is paramount. Today, we break down what you need to know about Chicago storage solutions, ways to minimize potential damage, and how AAA Movers can help. 

Learn how AAA Movers stands above other Chicago moving and storage companies. 

What to Know About Storing Your Belongings in Chicago

As you’re researching different Chicago moving and storage companies, here’s how to ensure your belongings remain safe: 

  1. Choose a Secure Facility. Look for facilities in safe neighborhoods with a sound security system, including surveillance cameras, gated access, and on-site staff. Check online reviews and ratings to gauge the facility's reputation.
  2. Climate-Controlled Units. Chicago experiences fluctuating temperatures with cold winters and hot summers. You want a climate-controlled storage unit, especially if you're storing electronics, wooden furniture, or delicate fabrics.
  3. Insurance Coverage. Even if storage facilities typically have security measures, insure your belongings against theft, damage, or loss. Check if your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy covers items stored off-site, or consider purchasing additional insurance.
  4. Proper Packing and Organization. To prevent damage during transit and storage, pack your belongings using sturdy boxes, packing materials, and protective covers. Label boxes clearly and create an inventory. Organize your storage unit, placing frequently accessed items near the front so you can easily reach them.
  5. Accessibility. Choose a storage facility with convenient access hours that fit your schedule. Some facilities offer 24/7 access; others may have restricted hours or require advance notice. We recommend finding a spot near your home or workplace.
  6. Legal Considerations. Before signing, review the storage rental agreement's terms and conditions, especially clauses that talk about rental rates, payment schedules, late fees, and termination policies. Understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
  7. Preventative Measures. Protect your belongings from hazards such as pests, dust, and moisture. Use pest control measures—mothballs or traps—to deter insects and rodents. To reduce humidity levels, place moisture-absorbing products inside storage containers, like silica gel packets or desiccants.
  8. Regular Inspections. Periodically inspect your storage unit to ensure everything is in good condition! While there, look for signs of water damage, mold, or pest infestations. Report any concerns to the storage facility management as soon as possible.

By following these guidelines and taking necessary precautions, you can store your belongings in Chicago, whether moving, decluttering, putting your house on the market, or simply needing extra space.

Contract vs. Non-Contract Chicago Storage Units 

In Chicago, as in many other locations, you can choose between contract and non-contract storage units. Not sure which option is right for your needs? We've broken down the benefits and considerations for both and why you’ll want to consider AAA Mover’s storage units! 

Contract Storage Units
  1. Long-Term Commitment—Contract storage units typically involve signing a lease or rental agreement for a specified period, such as six months or one year.
  2. Fixed Rates—Contract storage units often come with fixed monthly rates for the lease term.
  3. Potential Discounts—Some storage facilities may offer discounts or promotions for signing a long-term contract, which can mean cost savings over time compared to month-to-month rentals.
  4. Penalties for Early Termination—If you need to end your contract storage agreement before the agreed-upon term expires, you may have to deal with penalties or fees.
  5. Greater Security—Contract storage units often provide more robust security measures (i.e., gated access, surveillance cameras, and on-site staff) due to the longer-term commitment and investment from the tenant and the storage facility.
Non-Contract Storage Units
  1. Flexibility—Typically, non-contract storage units offer month-to-month rental options, which means you can rent the unit short-term. Because of this, you don’t have to worry about penalties or fees (as long as you give proper notice.)
  2. Variable Pricing—Some units fluctuate prices based on demand, seasonality, and promotional offers. While this can sometimes be advantageous, it may also mean less predictable pricing.
  3. Limited Security Commitments—Since non-contract storage arrangements involve shorter-term commitments, they can sometimes be less secure.
  4. Convenience—Non-contract storage units are often preferable for short-term storage needs, like when you’re moving. 

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Why Trust AAA Movers With Your Belongings 

Whether you're seeking short-term storage during a transition or a long-term solution for your valuables, AAA Movers combines expertise with personalized service to provide peace of mind in the storage process.

Our Chicago storage units (7’ x 5’ x 7’) are climate-controlled and monitored 24/7. Our rates are $75 per vault a month without fluctuations or price changes. And we offer prorated options, so you only pay for the days you use it!

When we arrive, ProCertified staff will inventory your stuff before packing everything up and putting it on our truck. We’re ready to protect larger pieces so they’re safe during transport and while they’re being stored. Then we’ll unload everything into your vault which you can access when you need it. 

Time to Securely Store Your Stuff

Ready to ensure the safety and security of your belongings? With a reputation built on reliability, professionalism, and a commitment to customer satisfaction, AAA Movers stands out as a premier choice for individuals, families, and business owners navigating the complexities of moving and storage in the Windy City.

Don't hesitate—contact us today to safeguard your possessions with confidence! Learn more about our Chicago storage solutions. 

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