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Self-Storage When You’re in the Military

If you’ve been in the military long enough, you’re likely all too familiar with the undertaking of frequent relocations or PCS, permanent change of station. It’s reported that military families can expect to move as often as every two years. Frequent moves can be stressful, not to mention expensive and it’s not always possible to take all your possessions with you.

Preparing for your move

When you’re in the military a PCS is common. You can relocate anywhere in the world. If you’re being deployed overseas, you have a lot more to do like getting proper paperwork in order, purchasing passports, purchasing proper boxes or packaging for your items, and insuring your shipments, among other things. Though the military typically allows you to take your possessions, and offer reimbursement for your move, there are alternatives. 

For example, you could sell or donate your possessions. The easiest way to sell your things in a pinch is through word of mouth or through friends. Knowing that your things are going to a good home will make the decision to give them away or sell them a lot easier. Almost every community has a local Goodwill or Salvation Army and many offer pick-up services.  

Of course, you can take it all with you and may even get a reimbursement from the military. It’s also completely acceptable to only take a few things. Decide on what you absolutely can’t part with and store the rest. 

Storing before you move

One of the best parts about self-storage is that units can be reserved month-to-month, no contracts are required and the lowest priced units are the size of a closet. If you anticipate a long stay, no problem. Leasing can be short or long-term. 

Here is a list of advantages:

  • Drive-up access — You can do-it-yourself or hire a professional. Drive-up access makes it easy for you to move on your own.
  • Prevent damage from shipping – You’ll avoid the risk of damage due to shipping. By using self-storage, you’re ensuring that your things will be kept safe until you return. 
  • Reserving self-storage is easy — Self-storage can be reserved within the hour at most locations. You can have your own key to your unit which will allow your family or friends to access your unit if you need them to ship items to you while you’re away.
  • Month-to-month reservations – No need to worry about a contract or long-term commitment. Reservations are month-to-month and payments can be made online or over the phone from virtually anywhere in the world. 
  • Affordable – Units range in sizes from 5 x 5 to 10 x 30, making it easier to find one in your budget. Packing for a unit is less expensive than packaging items for shipping.
  • Military discounts – Let the facility manager know you’re in the military. Discounts may be available.

Whatever you choose to do, Key Storage is here for you. We are experienced in assisting military personnel all across the country when a PCS is in the works. Focus on what’s important. Let Key Storage, worry about the rest. Call us today or visit us at to learn more.