About ContractsIf your contract isn’t expiring and you just need out, you might consider breaking the self storage contract lease. That’s not a good idea because it creates a slew of new problems you’ll be smart to outright avoid. But, if the lease is nearing its end, you’ll probably have a renewal period in the contract. This clause generally gives renters some incentive to stay but if the stuff you’re storing isn’t worth the extra cost, you should carefully review the lease contract.
The U.S. has more self-storage facilities than all other countries in the world put together — by a considerable margin. Which means that although we have more places to store our surplus stuff, there are also more opportunities for unscrupulous unit owners to scam renters. While most self-storage owners are honorable in their dealings, as in any business, there are also some crooked ones. —Scam BustersIn most cases, there are different dates you need to be aware of — like the earliest date of giving notice of vacating, the first day to opt to renew, and so on. It’s a good idea to be completely out of the unit well before any of these dates to avoid any costly fees or just plain hassle.
Storage Unit Contract Expiration Tips in VacavilleStorage unit contract expiration presents an opportunity to step away and save some money. Here’s what you need to know about self storage contract expiration:
- Take an inventory of what’s inside your storage unit. Even if you’ve only rented the storage unit a couple of months, it’s likely that you won’t remember precisely what’s inside it and all the various boxes. Go through everything and take an inventory of what’s inside so you are in-the-know rather than in the dark.
- Organize and separate all items into categories. Now that you know what you have in the unit, it’s time to get organized to make your exit go smoothly. Divide your things into three categories: stuff to keep, things to give away and donate to charity, and, items to throw away.
- Formulate a plan to pare down on possessions. Don’t believe that stuff you are willing to part ways with will just disappear. Contact and go to local charitable organizations to see which are open to accepting what you have on-hand. Some charities will actually pickup what you’re donating right from your storage unit.
- Remove everything you want to keep. At least a few days to a week before your contract expires after you’ve given notice, move all the stuff out you want to keep.