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March 10, 2017

Killeen Vanline Storage vs. Self Storage When Moving

A-1 Freeman Moving Group recognizes that, with all the other details you’ve got to contemplate in connection with your Killeen residential move, there’s one thing you might not have factored in: storage. But that could be a major hassle. in fact crucial, to tidy up their homes in advance of a move. Others need to vacate their old homes before their new homes are ready for residency. And still others have all types of reasons for not being able to take delivery of their possessions at their new destinations immediately. 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 definitely one of them – extend to their clientele an array of short-term and long-term storage options. The industry term for this is “vanline” storage. Its cost is up to the company and will depend on the options you choose, to be sure.

But a lot of Killeen residents prefer to come up with their own storage solutions, as opposed to those of their moving company. It’s a good idea 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 full control of your move from A to Z.

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

·         You interact with but a single point of contact.

·         You rest assured that everything is being managed for you professionally by one company.


·         The burden of finding a moving company, plus a separate mini-storage provision, plus a company to move your household goods out of storage falls heavily on you and you alone.

·         You must pass your household goods off to strangers from multiple companies – a new company with new people at every phase of the transit-storage-delivery out process.

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


·         You’ll have to find a local mover to move your possessions out of mini storage or do it yourself.

·         All your possessions – especially your more cherished furniture pieces and equipment – remain pad-wrapped and secured while they’re in vanline storage.


·         When a driver delivers your belongings to the discrete storage warehouse you’ve chosen, he has to  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 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.


·         Though they can be safe and secure, many mini-storage units are way too open to the public at large and prone to break-ins.

·         insects and critters often ’re removed from storage. 

·         Vanline storage presents you with one conceivable disadvantage: 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, in contrast, lets you have complete control of your belongings and access to them 24/7.

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


·         Many a tractor-trailer. That means the driver must offload your possessions onto a smaller truck to get them into storage. So? Your belongings have to be handled one more time than would otherwise be required – which raises the possibility of damage and may elevate your costs.

Weighing the good and the bad of vanline storage versus self storage, one would be inclined to hand the advantage to vanline storage. Your situation, though, may lead you to some other conclusion. But the choice is yours. And it’s well worth pondering early on in your move planning. Need some assistance deciding? Look to 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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