Selling This Summer: The 4 Quickest Storage Solutions
If you’ve been thinking about selling, it may be time to speed up that decision. Low inventory and low mortgage rates are still creating the conditions for a seller’s market this season. When homes hit the market, they generally go fast.
While this is great news for potential sellers, there’s something that may be in the way of being able to jump into the market — literally. We’re talking about stuff in your home. Whether you’re dealing with decades’ worth of memories or just the everyday pile-ups that pop up in rooms (and in closets), clutter can complicate the selling process.
For one, clutter makes it difficult to even think about selling due to just how overwhelming and time-consuming it can be to deal with. Second, clutter makes rooms feel smaller and overwhelms buyers so that even in a hot market, your home may not get what it’s truly worth. Third, clutter is just a pain to move.
The best solution to all of the above is the simplest: Put (most of) it in a storage unit and get it out of your way. To make it even easier, opt for an offsite storage pickup service. Typically, these companies drop off a big storage container to you and then pick it up when you’re finished to store it in their facility. Other companies simply pick up your boxes to store in their own offsite facility. When you need your stuff, the company delivers it to your new home.
Here’s an overview of a few of the more popular services:
You’ve probably seen the big PODS-branded white containers in driveways around your neighborhood before. There are different sized PODS available, ranging from ones small enough for a studio’s worth of items all the way up to a two-bedroom home. (If your home is larger, you may need to arrange for multiple PODS.) When you’re done, the company picks up the PODS container and stores it in one of their offsite facilities or brings it to your new place. Good to know: You may need to get a permit to “park” a PODS container.
Similar to PODS, U-Haul U-Box drops off standalone containers to your driveway so you can pack at your pace. You can arrange for the U-Boxes to be delivered to U-Haul’s offsite storage facility or your new home. However, the main difference is that U-Boxes are all standard size (U-Haul states that each can hold about a room’s worth of items.)
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Airport Self Storage
From boxes to RV storage units, this place has something for everyone. Bonus! As part of my services, I offer a self-storage unit that is virtually empty for my clients that are in a pinch and need a place to store some of their items.
Kuenzli Self Storage
This storage facility is located in downtown Reno and offers convenient drive-up access to the units, and with 10' ceilings; it will make storing your belongings simple. It's also a very inexpensive option, and perfect if you are storing stuff long term.
799 Kuenzli St
BONUS: the best places to give stuff away
Whether you are moving now or in the next couple of years, it is never too early to do a little charity and give old clothes and gear away.
Tahoe Forest Health System
Donate to local hospice thrift stores. They will appreciate any of the following:
- Clothing donations in bags off of the hanger
- Household donations in clean sellable condition
- Furniture (Truckee store only), electrical items, and sports equipment accepted on an approval basis. Please check with employees before unloading.
When you donate to The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores, you're not only helping someone get a great deal on household items, furniture, and clothing - you are helping to change lives right here in Northern Nevada. Proceeds from stores fund Rehabilitation Programs for men who struggled with addiction, homelessness, and other serious life problems.