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March 10, 2017

Dallas Vanline Storage vs. Self Storage When Moving

A-1 Freeman Moving Group knows that, with the myriad other things you’ve got to contemplate regarding your Dallas residential move, there’s one thing you perhaps haven’t thought about: storage. But that could be a big hangup. Many, to weed the nonessentials from their homes before a move. Others need to vacate their current homes before their new homes are ready for them. And still others have all manner of reasons for not being able to take delivery of their belongings at their new destinations directly. What then do they do with their stuff? They find somewhere 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 Dallas people prefer 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 assumes complete 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 handled for you professionally by one company.


·         The task of locating 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 personnel from multiple companies – a new company with new people at every stage of the transit-storage-delivery out process.

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


·         You must 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.


·         At the time a driver delivers your belongings to the discrete storage warehouse you’ve picked, he’ll  remove all furniture pads because they belong to him or his company; you can’t keep them. You’ll need to^ must}112} find something else to drape over your stuff if you want it safely 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 prone to break-ins.

·         insects and critters tend to ’re removed from storage. 

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


·         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.


·         Too many a tractor-trailer. That means the driver has to offload your possessions onto a smaller truck to get them into storage. The upshot? Your possessions have to be handled one more time than would otherwise be necessary – which increases the potential for damage and may raise your costs.

Balancing the good and the bad of vanline storage versus self storage, one must surely hand 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 help deciding? Contact us at A-1 Freeman Moving Group. We’re confident you’ll like the storage choices 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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