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5 Storage Shed Cleanout Tips

storage shed cleanoutA few pro storage shed cleanout tips can go a long way, particularly when you want to purge and organize your stuff. Somewhat like the most common foreclosure cleanout mistakes people make, emptying and organizing a shed has more to it than meets the eyes. This is especially true if you haven’t clean it out and sorted it out before or just use it as a catchall space. If you just purchased a house and don’t know what’s in there, do yourself a huge favor and call a junk removal service to deal with it for you.

5 Storage Shed Cleanout Tips

Storage sheds come in a wide variety of sizes and construction materials. Older residential sheds might be wood or metal and newer models are made of composite materials. The latter is designed to be exceedingly durable and provide more function than older models. If you are planning a storage shed cleanout as part of getting rid of the structure, you can opt to dismantle it. However, if it’s in good condition, you might consider selling it.

Storage sheds tend to become dumps for just about everything. Because they are big open spaces, they’re easy targets for that suitcase that won’t fit in the closet, the rollerblades your daughter doesn’t want to throw away yet, the sewing machine you need to give back to your neighbor, and anything else that doesn’t have a set place. —Houzz.com

You could sell the shed with the stipulation the buyer is responsible for dismantling it and hauling it away. But, if it’s not in useable condition, a shed removal take-down will be necessary. That’s a big job and one which requires more than a few hand tools and a couple of people. If it is in good, useable condition, use the following five storage shed cleanout tips to make the process easier and less stressful:

  1. Dedicate a weekend. In most instances, you’ll need the bulk of a whole weekend to get the storage shed cleanout done right. Be sure to check the weather forecast to choose a weekend that’s supposed to be rain, sleet, and snow free. Inclement weather will only slow you down and besides, it’s not fun or even safe, to work in.
  2. Pull items out carefully. If you haven’t been inside the unit in a long time, there’s a really good chance it’s become a safe home haven for any number of insects and creatures. Rats, snakes, cockroaches, bees, wasps, spiders, and more all favor sheds because the structures provide shelter from the weather and protection from predators.
  3. Be prepared to junk stuff. Now isn’t the time to be a packrat, embrace the opposite philosophy and purge, purge, purge. It’s a great opportunity to get rid of so much stuff. You can junk it, sell it locally, donate it to charity, give it away to family and friends or a combination.
  4. Keep only what you need. While it’s important to purge to maximize space, it’s equally as important to keep what you actually need. Think about how much use items get and for what purposes. You might discover that one thing is suitable for more than one task.
  5. Properly dispose of materials. If you have things like paint, paint thinner, lacquer, stain, gas, oil, and more stored in the shed, don’t be irresponsible with their disposal. Check all expiration dates on the containers and dispose of any stale gas and other materials.

When you’re ready to take on a storage shed cleanout, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away. We offer quick and efficient storage shed cleanout and junk removal of all kinds.

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