Renting a storage pod during a move
We have put a date on our plans to sell the house and move to a different state. I know we have too much furniture in the house for other people to view the house, so we were thinking of renting one of those storage pods. The ones we have in mind are the ones that are dropped off and you pack yourself, they then retrieve them and store them offsite until you tell them where to truck the pod.
My questions are
1) do they store the pods in big lots in the rain and weather?
2) how safe are the contents? We have one or two pieces I inherited that hold a lot of personal value. I don't want families to abuse them during their house search, but I don't want them in 110 degree heat someplace in the SW either. (When I sold my mom's house, I found the bed in the master bedroom lying in pieces in the floor, totally destroyed by being used as a trampoline by some kids one afternoon. My RE agent just shrugged and said these things happen. So I want to take steps to make sure these things don't happen again. ). Are the contents ever exposed to the elements? What are people's experience with the safety or potential damage to the contents?
3) how are the costs determined? Are they expensive?
4) are there better solutions I don't know about?
Thanks for your input.