What To Do When Moving Out of Self Storage

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The need for additional space often drives the decision to move items into storage, whether for a short-term or long-term storage arrangement. Now that the time has come to reclaim your belongings, it’s essential to approach the move-out process with organization and efficiency.

This blog will provide invaluable insights, expert organization tips, and step-by-step guides to make moving out of self storage a breeze. From packing strategies to budgeting considerations, we’ve got you covered.

Steps for Moving Out of Self Storage

Much like when moving into storage, you must ensure you are well prepared when taking items out of your storage unit. Thankfully, we have all the critical steps you need to take for all your moving needs. These steps include:

  • Evaluating your storage needs
  • Checking your storage agreement
  • Notifying the storage facility 
  • Cleaning and organizing 
  • Handling paperwork and logistics

Evaluate Your Needs

Before diving into the moving-out process, take stock of your belongings. Assess what you need immediately and what can remain in storage. This will help you plan the transportation logistics and determine the size of the moving vehicle you’ll require.

If you need a smaller storage unit after taking stock of what you do and do not need to keep storage, contact your storage facility as soon as possible. They will be able to get you into the unit you need for all your belongings.

Check Your Storage Agreement

Review your storage agreement to understand any specific requirements or procedures for moving out. Some facilities may have advance notice requirements, and there may be specific steps to follow to ensure a smooth transition.

Notify the Storage Facility

Once you have a move-out date, notify the storage facility in advance. This fulfills contractual obligations and allows the facility to make necessary arrangements. Maintaining open communication with the storage facility throughout the process is always good practice.

Of course, if you opted for a month-to-month leasing option, you must ensure your facility knows you will no longer need the unit the following month. If you are moving things into a smaller storage unit at this time, check with your facility at least a month in advance to ensure a unit of that size will be available. 

Clean and Organize Before Transporting Items

Take the opportunity to clean and organize your items before loading them into the vehicle. This ensures everything is in good condition and makes unpacking at your destination much more straightforward.

Cleaning and organization steps to take before transporting your items include:

  • Dusting items not in a box with a rag or duster
  • Examining all items in boxes or bins to ensure everything is in order 
  • Switching fragile items into new boxes depending on the stability of the old boxes
  • Sweeping or vacuuming the moving truck to prevent dust accumulation during transportation 

Handle Paperwork and Logistics

Address any paperwork or logistics involved in ending your storage agreement promptly. If you’ve provided a security deposit, inquire about the process for its return. Ensure all outstanding payments are settled, and obtain any necessary documentation to confirm the termination of the storage agreement.

Packing Strategies for Efficiency

A person moves the largest items out of their unit first to clear up space

Optimize your packing strategies to make the process efficient and stress-free. Categorize items and pack them accordingly. Ensure you are not overfilling your boxes. Only place a few heavy items in a box at a time. You will also need to create a plan for packing up the moving truck based on the height and weight of each item.

Consider the fragility and weight of each item to prevent damage during transportation. This means fragile items shouldn’t be in the back of the moving truck. Finally, purchase all the necessary items for move-out day, including:

  • Boxes in a variety of sizes
  • Packing tape
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Packing peanuts
  • Labels
  • Furniture covers
  • Dollies
  • Moving straps

Budgeting Considerations

Moving out of self storage involves costs such as transportation, fuel, and potentially hiring movers. Budget accordingly to avoid any financial surprises. If you’re on a tight budget, explore cost-effective options such as renting a smaller vehicle or asking friends for assistance.

Make Your Storage Journey a Breeze With ClearHome Self Storage

An empty self storage unit after all belongings have been removed

From efficient packing strategies to budgeting considerations and paperwork handling, these insights will help you easily navigate the move-out process, preparing you for the next chapter in your storage journey. 

Give yourself a leg up when it comes to an efficient move-in process with the help of ClearHome Self Storage. Find a storage facility near you to rent your self storage unit today.

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