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Military Moving Tips and Storage Recommendations

Military Tips

February 1, 2018


5 min

Storage for military families

Military Families on the Move

Moving is part of everyday life for military personnel and their families. Members of the military can be required to relocate every two to four years—nearly three times more often than civilian families. These deployments and assignments can happen on short notice, too, requiring servicemen and women to quickly formulate a moving plan for their families. There are special moving and relocation departments at each military base, called the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, who will help with personal and family deployment. They also provide military family moving checklists and other relocation information.

Military deployments can last anywhere from six months to a few years. If out-of-the-country assignments are for more than a year, it is recommended that soldiers store their personal items at a self-storage facility during their time away. Storing items in a self-storage unit is a safe and economical storage option for military personnel during deployments or relocations. Military families can use self-storage as a place to store belongings during frequent moves or if the housing in a new assignment is much smaller.

Military Moving Checklist and Tips

Military families are experts in frequent moving and they can easily provide insight for a military moving checklist. They have learned tips for moving with the military to help make the entire process go smoothly. If you’re in the process of moving—or moving soon—below are some tips to help.

  • Start Planning: Create a moving binder with the moving orders, important dates and other documentation.
  • Declutter: Having less items to move helps reduce stress on moving day. Start decluttering as soon as you receive your moving orders. Sort through and store, sell, donate or throw away items that are broken and you do not use.
  • Inventory List: Create a detailed inventory list, including photos, of everything that will be moved.
  • Don’t Keep Moving Old Boxes: Do not keep moving boxes from previous moves. Professional movers recommend if you haven’t used an item in two years, then you don’t need it anymore.
  • Clean Up: Have family and friends help with cleaning the old home when it is empty. It is also recommended to pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen.
  • First Day Boxes: Pack items in a bag that you will need for the first day at your new home with items such as sheets, towels, shower curtain and soap. Military families cannot control what goes where on their moving trucks, so it is better idea to make a checklist of household items like laundry soap, brooms, mops, household cleaners and even drinks and snacks that you will need to buy once you arrive at your new home.

Moving with the Military Storage Recommendations

Renting a self-storage unit is a great option for servicemen and women to store for during a deployment. The most important thing a solider should have to worry about when renting a storage unit is deciding what items will need to be placed in storage and what items they will need to take with them during their assignment. Storage units are great to place to store furniture, electronics and appliances. Many self-storage facilities also offer vehicle storage for motorcycles, cars, trucks and boats.

Soldiers can have peace-of-mind knowing that their items are protected by secure storage amenities at most ezStorage locations such state-of-the-art security systems, 24-hour video surveillance, building and personalized gate access, individually alarmed storage units and resident managers. Many self-storage facilities, including ezStorage, are located near military bases. ezStorage offers self-storage military discountsto active duty military personnel and it’s easy to sign up for auto pay while away for assignment so you never have to worry about paying your rent.

The self-storage industry supports many different aspects of military life from sending essential gift boxes to those deployed overseas to providing economic assistance to our wounded heroes. ezStorage thanks every member of the military past and present who have fought for and defended our freedoms!

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How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

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Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

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Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

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What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

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Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

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Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

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  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!