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Moving Out of Your Storage Unit

Moving Out of Your Storage UnitRenting a self storage unit is a great storage solution for many of life’s transitional events.  There are many reasons people decide to store their belongings at a self storage facility from moving to downsizing to a smaller home. Self storage is a perfect option to store furniture and belongings if you are renovating or remodeling a home. Storing in self storage is a temporary solution from one or two months to many years.  According to the Self Storage Association, 13% of all self storage renters will rent less than 3 months, 18% for 3-6 months, 18% for 7-12 months, 22% for 1-2 years and 30% for more than 2 years. At some point in time, either because of an expected or an unexpected event, you will need to move your belongings out of your storage unit.

Cleaning Out your Storage Unit

Every storage facility will have different move-out procedures for your storage rental units, so make sure that you know about them before you start cleaning out your storage unit.  Some facilities can ask for up to a month written notice before you move your items out of the facility, while other facilities do not ask for any notice. Stop N Stor requires notice within 5 days of the end of the prior monthly term. All occupants must have moved out of their storage unit by the first of the month. All move-outs must have a move-out receipt to avoid being charged for an additional month. When you are moving out of the storage unit, you want to avoid any additional storage unit fees that could occur if you do not follow the proper procedures.  However, there are some steps that need to be taken before you vacate the storage unit.

  1. Make sure to remove all items from the storage unit when you are cleaning out your belongings. Do not leave any items behind.
  2. Sweep out the storage unit and remove any stains or spills to the best of your ability.
  3. The storage unit should be in the same condition, if not better, than when you moved in.
  4. Remove the lock from the storage unit.
  5. Drop off your lock to the management off when you are moving out.


If you have any question about self storage, check out the most frequently asked questions with answers to general self storage questions or stop in to our 5 Stop N Stor locations.   Our storage managers are there to help you with any future storage needs.

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