New Year’s Storage Unit Cleanout TipsThe first thing you need to do is learn about self storage contracts. Not surprisingly, these legally binding documents heavily favor the storage company and not its customers. It is true if you don’t keep up the monthly lease payment the storage facility can place a lock on the unit to prevent you from accessing the unit. It’s also true if you fall into an arrears, the storage company has the right to keep charging you the monthly fee, plus late charges.
Storage units are great resources when you temporarily need a place to put your things for three to six months, like you needed to do with this move. Storage units, however, are not where things should go to live for years. When you abandon things in storage units you end up spending more money storing the items than you would selling everything and buying replacement items in the future. Additionally, the storage units are much more likely to be infested with bugs, rodents, mildew, mold and other possession-ruining things than they would be in your home. —Unclutterer.comAnd, it is true if you do get into an arrears the storage facility can auction off your possessions. However, if there is any money left over from the sale after paying what’s owed, the storage company must return the surplus cash. Instead of getting into that mess, it’s best to move your items out of the storage unit and save some serious money. Here are some helpful storage cleanout tips you can use:
- Check your lease. The first thing you need to do is read through your storage unit lease. There is typically a notice requirement, which could be as long as a month, longer, or shorter. You need to become familiar with the contract to know if you have any obligations.
- Start in the front. When you are ready to do the storage unit cleanout, it’s time to get down to business. Start in the front of the storage unit, on one side. Then, work your way down that side to the back, go across, and then, up the other side to the front.
- Catalogue everything. As you work your way around the storage unit, be sure to note everything you come across. This will make it easier to get organized and take the guesswork out of what’s in which boxes.
- Organize like items together. While cataloguing the boxes and items, take the time to put like items together. This way, you’ll sort all of your possessions into things to keep, things to sell, things to donate and give away, and stuff to junk.
- Host a big garage or yard sale. Once you have all that stuff organized, you can sell what you don’t want to keep by hosting a yard or garage sale. Be sure to price everything to sell, not to try to make money on to get rid of stuff quickly.