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Relocating? How to Use Self Storage to Your Advantage

Lockaway Storage | April 18, 2023 @ 12:00 AM

Millions of Americans relocate every year, and many of them take advantage of the benefits offered by having a storage unit to get more space from their home, make their lives easier, protect their belongings, and much more.

Stage Your Home

Real estate agents will frequently recommend that you stage your home for sale, so that it may appeal to more buyers and hopefully demand a higher price. This typically means reducing as much clutter as possible, and removing some of your personal items, so that your new buyers can better envision themselves enjoying their (hopefully) new home.

Taking the steps to declutter makes your spaces look bigger, your shelves look less crowded, and prevents avalanches from overfilled cabinets and closets. Buyers can see that you really can put cars in the garage, their dishes will fit in your kitchen cabinets, and there’s plenty of room in your closets for their clothes. Having less clutter also makes it easier for you to keep your home clean for those open houses and prospective buyers’ tours.

Sort, Pack, and Downsize with Ease

There is no better time to go through your stuff than when you’re ready to move - who wants to pack, move, and unpack things they no longer want or need? By renting a storage unit a few months before your move, you can get all those boxes and items out from your closets, garage, attic, sheds, and from under the bed. Take all these things to your storage unit, where you can sort through them at your leisure, and not in the middle of the home you’re trying to keep clean for sale, let alone still live in during a stressful time. 

You can also do this in kind of a reverse order by renting storage at your new home’s destination. This allows you to put nearly all of your belongings in storage, and just move your absolute essentials into your new place. You may find that you just don’t need a lot of that stuff, and it never needs to start cluttering up your new, beautiful, and clean home. 

Protect Your Belongings

If you have sentimental and/or easy-to-damage items in your home, you might not want them on display or in the way of showing your home. Many people have items that are very special to them or especially easy to break or damage, and they want to handle moving them by themselves, and not leave them to the movers. Think about storing your sentimental items away from prying eyes and out of reach while you’re in the process of selling your home.

If you choose to store these items in your storage unit, be sure to purchase insurance from your storage provider for even more peace of mind.

Relocating can be a difficult and stressful time. By being smart about using storage, you can make your move easier, and more successful. Find the perfect storage unit for your move at today!

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