Little Rock Vanline Storage vs. Self Storage When Moving

A-1 Freeman Moving Group knows that, with all the other details you’ve got to balance relative to your Little Rock residential move, there’s one thing you may not have thought about: storage. But that could be a huge issue. Lots of Little Rock residents have found it worthwhile, if not {{necessary, to tidy up their homes in advance of a move. Others need to leave their old homes before their new homes are ready for occupancy. And still others have all types of reasons for not being able to take delivery of their possessions at their new residences directly. What’s the answer in that case? They find somewhere to stow their stuff in the interim.

Most moving companies – A-1 Freeman Moving Group is definitely one of them – offer their customers a range of short-term and long-term storage options. The industry expression for this is “vanline” storage. Its cost is dependent on the company and the options you pick, naturally.

But a fair portion of Little Rock people choose to arrange their own storage solutions, apart from those of their moving company. It’s smart 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 has total control of your move from beginning to end.

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

·         You connect with but one point of contact.

·         You can take comfort knowing everything is being overseen for you professionally by one company.


·         The weight of locating a moving company, plus a separate mini-storage facility, plus a company to move your stuff out of storage falls heavily on you and you alone.

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

·         “Delivery out” is provided for in the van line’s storage fee.


·         You have to contact a local mover to move your belongings out of mini storage or do it yourself.

·         All your items – especially your more treasured furniture pieces and equipment – remain pad-wrapped and protected while they’re in vanline storage.


·         When a driver delivers your possessions to the independent storage warehouse you’ve selected, he must  take off all furniture pads because they’re his or his company’s; you can’t keep them. You’ll need to^ must}112} find something else to drape over your stuff if you want it properly kept in storage.

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


·         Even though they can be safe and secure, a lot of mini-storage units are much too open to the public at large and predisposed to break-ins.

·         Bugs and o ther pests often {{have free reign for their condition while stored or after they’re taken out of^’re removed from}145} storage. 

·         Vanline storage does have one possible downside: While your possessions are in storage, you have very limited access to them. They can be gotten to, but that involves vanline labor and will cost you more.


·         Mini storage, by comparison, affords you complete control of your possessions and access to them anytime, night or day.

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


·         Too many a tractor-trailer. That means the driver has to offload your possessions onto a smaller truck to transport them into storage. The upshot? Your household goods have to be handled one more time than would otherwise be required – which increases the likelihood of damage and might add to your costs.

Balancing the pros and cons of vanline storage versus self storage, one has to give 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 at the start of your move planning. Need some guidance deciding? Get hold of us at A-1 Freeman Moving Group. We suspect you’ll really go for the storage alternatives we give you.


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