Your Guide to Moving Out of a Storage Unit

September 15, 2021

People rent storage units for plenty of reasons. Perhaps you needed a short-term rental to store your belongings while you were studying abroad for six months. Or maybe, you needed to store personal items for a longer period.

Whatever your situation, moving out of a storage unit is common, and lucky for you, there are easy steps you can take to make packing a storage unit a breeze and leave it in excellent condition for the next renter.

1. Give the Storage Facility a Heads Up

If you haven’t already, let the storage facility know that you will be moving out of your storage unit. Most storage facilities require renters to sign a contract that states when their rental agreement is up. Even if your rental agreement is flexible (e.g., month-to-month), you may be required to provide formal written notice. If you’re not sure what the exact steps you need to take to terminate your rental agreements are, give the storage facility a call.

2. Take an Inventory of Your Belongings

It can be tough to remember everything that you have stored in your storage unit. If possible, take an inventory of your belongings before you start moving out of your storage unit. In doing so, you’ll have a clear understanding of all of the items you’re storing, which can help you ensure you have enough space elsewhere for everything. 

3. Rent a Moving Van and Enlist the Help of Friends!

Like moving, packing a storage unit isn’t always a one-person job (especially if you have heavy items like a dresser or bulky appliances). Before moving day, make sure you’re prepared logistically. If you don’t have a vehicle big enough to accommodate your belongings, you may need to rent a moving van. In addition, it’s always helpful to enlist the help of friends when moving! Teamwork makes the dream work (and makes moving much easier).

4. Be Mindful of Fragile Items

Like moving, it’s essential to be mindful of fragile items when packing a storage unit. If you have fragile items like antiques, dishware, or vinyl records, make sure they get packed last, so they aren’t topped with heavier items. 

5. Clean Your Storage Unit

When moving out of a storage unit, it’s important to do just that. Make sure you don’t leave any items behind, even if you no longer want them. Once you move your items out, you can move on to cleaning. Not sure how to clean a storage unit? While not necessary, some people like to lightly sweep the floors after packing up their storage unit.

6. Take Your Lock With You

If you provided your own lock, make sure you take this with you. If the storage facility provided you with a lock, check in with an employee to see where to return it. 

7. Let the Storage Facility Know You’re Moved Out

Once you’re officially done moving out of your storage unit, make sure to inform the storage facility. Some storage facilities will have a front desk employee that you can check in with, while others might require you to call a specific number. 

8. Leave a Thoughtful Review

Did you like the storage facility you used? Did the employees go above and beyond? Leaving a thoughtful review online is a quick and easy way to get the word out and support a business.

Learn More Tips at Storage Locker

Whether you’re looking for more storage tips or want to get your own storage unit for your belongings, the professionals at Storage Locker can help. We provide clean, pest-free facilities, 24/7 security, three accessible locations, ready-to-help staff, and much more. 

Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a tour.

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