Rental properties abroad are typically furnished, meaning you’ll have the freedom to move with little more than your personal belongings. But if you expect to need your furniture and other household goods after moving back, long-term storage solutions can keep your belongings safe until you are ready for them again.
These are a must for long-term storage. Without temperature controls, wood furniture will warp, and upholstery will dry out with the change of seasons. Pests, bacteria, and dust also are less likely in a climate-controlled storage unit.
Using sturdy boxes and carefully wrapping fragile items will protect them from being broken. Consider using plastic storage bins in case of dampness, flooding, or insect infestation. But skip the plastic bags because they may cause condensation and possible mold or mildew growth. If you are storing appliances, clean them thoroughly, and leave the doors slightly ajar to prevent odors.
Consider placing white sheets or cotton covers over furniture to prevent dust accumulation. Polishing wood furniture will create a seal to prevent it from drying out.
Read your homeowner’s policy to see if it covers items stored in a different location. If not, purchase an additional policy for peace of mind.
Storing Cars When Moving Abroad
A garage is best for long-term storage of vehicles. Top off the gas tank, and have a friend change the oil on schedule even if it’s not being driven. Arrange to have someone drive the vehicles to prevent flat spots on the tires. Prepay the insurance in your absence and don’t let it lapse.
Ask for Help
Have a friend check your belongings from time to time to make sure the unit is still in good condition and the climate controls are adequate.
Payment Options for Storage Units
Consider either prepaying or auto-drafting a bank account to avoid late fees for your storage unit or the sell-off of your items in lieu of back rent.