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March 10, 2017

Oklahoma City Vanline Storage vs. Self Storage When Moving

A-1 Freeman Moving Group knows that, with the myriad other things you’ve got to balance relative to your Oklahoma City residential move, there’s one thing you may not have thought about: storage. But that could wind up] putting a the kibosh on at least some of your move arrangements. Many, to tidy up their homes in advance of a move. Others need to move out of their current homes before their new homes are ready for occupancy. And still others have all sorts of reasons for not being able to take delivery of their belongings at their new residences right away. 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 customers a variety of short-term and long-term storage options. The industry expression for this is “vanline” storage. Its cost is up to the company and will reflect the options you choose, to be sure.

But a good many Oklahoma City home- or apartment-dwellers prefer to find their own storage solutions, rather than 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 takes complete control of your move from first to last.

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

·         You deal with but one point of contact.

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


·         The chore of researching a moving company, plus a separate mini-storage solution, plus a outfit to move your stuff out of storage falls heavily on you and no one but you.

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

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


·         You have to get hold of a local mover to move your possessions out of mini storage or do it yourself.

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


·         At the time a driver delivers your possessions to the discrete storage warehouse you’ve selected, he’ll  take off all furniture pads because they’re his property or the property of the company for whom he works; you can’t hang onto them. You’ll have to^ must}112} look for something else to place over your stuff if you want it sufficiently covered in storage.

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


·         While they can be safe and secure, many mini-storage units are far too has no liability whatsover for their condition while stored or once 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 very prohibited access to them. They can be gotten to, but that necessitates vanline labor and will cost you more.


·         Mini storage, by comparison, lets you have total control of your possessions and access to them round the clock.

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


·         aren’t made for a tractor-trailer. That means the driver is required to offload your possessions onto a smaller truck to get them into storage. So? Your household goods have to be handled one more time than would otherwise be necessary – which increases the possibility of damage and may add to your costs.

Weighing the advantages and disadvantages of vanline storage versus self storage, one is inclined to give the advantage to vanline storage. Your circumstances, though, may lead you to a different conclusion. But the choice is yours. And it’s well worth pondering at the start of your move planning. Need some guidance deciding? Talk with us at A-1 Freeman Moving Group. We suspect you’ll appreciate the storage alternatives we give 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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