San Antonio Vanline Storage vs. Self Storage When Moving

A-1 Freeman Moving Group knows that, with the myriad other things you’ve got to assess relative to your San Antonio residential move, there’s one thing you perhaps haven’t thought about: storage. But that could be a huge headache. Many, to weed the nonessentials from their homes prior to a move. Others need to vacate their old homes before their new homes are ready for residency. And still others have all manner of reasons for not being able to take delivery of their possessions 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 assuredly one of them – give their clientele various short-term and long-term storage options. The industry word for this is “vanline” storage. Its cost is dependent on the company and the options you choose, naturally.

But a good many San Antonio residents prefer to arrange their own storage solutions, apart from those of their moving company. It’s advantageous 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 assumes total responsibility for your move from beginning to end.

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

·         You interact with but a single point of contact.

·         You can rest easy knowing everything is being taken care of for you professionally by a single company.


·         The task of researching a moving company, plus a separate mini-storage facility, plus a outfit to move your possessions out of storage falls squarely on your shoulders and your shoulders alone79].

·         You must hand your belongings over to people from multiple companies – a new company with new people at every step of the transit-storage-delivery out process.

·         “Delivery out” is reflected in the moving company’s storage fee.


·         You have to contact 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.


·         When a driver delivers your possessions to the discrete storage warehouse you’ve picked, he’ll  remove all furniture pads because they’re his or his company’s; you can’t keep them. You’ll need to^ must}112} look for something else to drape over your stuff if you want it sufficiently shielded in storage.

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


·         While it’s true they can be safe and secure, many mini-storage units are too easily accessible to the public at large and subject to break-ins.

·         Bugs and critters tend to {{have a field day for their condition while stored or after they’re taken out of^’re removed from}145} storage. 

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


·         Mini storage, by comparison, gives you total control of your personal items 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 has to offload your possessions onto a smaller truck to haul them into storage. Result? Your possessions have to be handled one more time than would otherwise be necessary – which increases the potential for damage and might raise your costs.

Weighing the good and the bad of vanline storage versus self storage, one must surely give the advantage to vanline storage. Your specific state of affairs, however, may lead you to another conclusion. But the choice is yours. And it’s well worth considering early on in your move planning. Need some assistance deciding? Contact us at A-1 Freeman Moving Group. We think you’ll like the storage choices we give you.


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