The Self Storage Cleanout ProcessThe first thing you need to do and probably dread more than anything, is to take a serious inventory of all that stuff you’ve got stored away. Your likely have an idea of what’s stuffed into your unit, but would probably be surprised by what you’ve long forgot. Open the unit and take note of every single item.
You may be able to get a lower six-month or yearlong rate if you contract to longer-term periods, instead of opting for regular month-to-month leasing. Once you sign such a commitment, avoid cancelling early as you may be responsible for a cancellation fee and/or the remainder of rent due on the lease. —Sparefoot.comThough this might not be an exciting task, it’s still necessary because the less you have to store, the smaller the space you’ll need. Once you have a detailed list, it’s time to prioritize what’s most important and work down to the things you no longer really need.
Self Storage Unit Fee Reduction: How To GuideThe pack rat inside of you might fight this notion, but if you’re serious about saving money, you’ll go through with it. Your goal is to get rid of as much stuff as possible, and, the bigger the better. Here are some suggestions on how to save even more:
- Donate and sell. The less you have to store, the smaller the storage space you’ll need which means spending less. Donate and sell items that you don’t need and you’ll get a bit of money out of it, be it through tax deductions or cold cash.
- Reclaim existing space. You probably have the room to store at least some of that stuff where you live but have piled-up enough junk to make leasing storage space necessary. Follow the same suggestion and donate and/or sell what’s taking up so much space so you can use that space.
- Share space. You might know someone that’s in the same situation. Ask him or her about sharing a storage unit to cut down on cost. Here again, you can sell and/or donate items to make this feasible.