Storage units are great resources when you temporarily need a place to put your things for three to six months, like you needed to do with this move. Storage units, however, are not where things should go to live for years. When you abandon things in storage units you end up spending more money storing the items than you would selling everything and buying replacement items in the future. Additionally, the storage units are much more likely to be infested with bugs, rodents, mildew, mold and other possession-ruining things than they would be in your home. --Unclutterer.com
That can seriously add to your moving stress. But, you can forego the worry when you are prepared. All you need is a few helping hands and some simple supplies to turn that stuff into cash. After all, putting some money in your pocket is a strong motivator.
Making Money through a Storage Unit Cleanout
Here's how to turn a storage unit cleanout into a money maker:
- Organize everything. Everything inside won't have value. But, this doesn't mean nothing is without value. You just need to know which items you can sell, which you can junk, and of course, what you need to keep. A little organization goes a long, long, way.
- Learn each item’s value. Next, it's time to separate things that you can sell. Do a little research to find what you can sell and what's headed for the trash heap. When you price something, price it to sell quickly. Don't worry about making a profit because that's just not going to happen.
- Advertise far and wide. Once you have everything priced to sell, you need to spread the word. Do this at least a week in advance. Use social media, online ads, bulletin boards, and street signs to advertise.
- Host a storage unit sale. Instead of lugging all that stuff from the storage unit to your house, opt to host the sale right at the facility. It saves time and effort, plus you won't have people parking in your driveway and on your street.