Move out of your public storage unit, that is. If so, you’ve come to the right place! Operating for over 20 years, licensed and insured moving company, we at Green City Movers assisted many of our clients with the process of moving in or out of a public storage unit.
As a result, we are equipped with many tried and tested moving tips that can help you avoid additional costs and unnecessary stress when moving out of your public storage unit. Despite popular belief, moving into a public storage unit is the easy part.
Moving out of public storage can get a bit tricky and believe it or not, costly. Outlined below are helpful tips and tricks on how to move out of your public storage unit, while saving money.
Provide sufficient notice of your move-out date
Be sure to contact your public storage provider ahead of time and notify them of your move. If you don’t do this in advance you may face fines or additional charges as a result. When you first move your stuff into a public storage unit, you will be asked to sign a legal document, which will disclose several important factors to be considered.
One of the things this contract will outline is how far in advance you will have to notify your property manager of your upcoming move. Be sure to contact your storage providers with a written and verbal notice when moving out, to avoid any miscommunication or confusion.
More Public Storage Places Opting Not To Offer Their Clients Prorated Rates
Most public storage lease agreements are on a month-to-month basis, but not all will honor prorated rent charges. In fact, more and more places are opting not to offer their clients prorated rates in hopes of bringing a larger profit. For example, you move out mid month, having already paid in full.
Another paying customer moves in right after, therefore allowing the storage provider to collect double the profit for the remaining 2 weeks of that month.
The places that do offer prorated rent will need specific dates of the planned move and enough notice. Either way you will need to contact your storage property manager to make arrangements and provide them with proper information.
What you need to know about prorated rent
Public storage rent can be prorated from the date you move in until the day you move out. For example, if your monthly storage rent is $100 and you store your items for only 1.5 months, instead of charging you $200 for the two full months, they will only charge you up until your move out date, which should amount to $150. As mentioned before, not all public storage providers offer prorated rent.
Depending on the size of your storage unit and the items you’re moving out, you may be in need of professional Long Island movers to help you make the transition. Theoretically speaking, all of your items should already be packed and ready to go.
You may want to hire professional Long Island movers to load the items onto the truck, transport them to their new location, unload, and perhaps even unpack or assemble or both. If you decide that your personal needs do call upon the help of professional movers, be sure to do your homework beforehand to avoid hiring rogue movers.
Empty out your storage unit
Although this step should go without saying, for the sake of this article it is worth a mention. On the day of the move, make sure you clear out all the contents of your storage room and make arrangements for the items you no longer have use for. If it’s something worth giving, consider donating to Red Cross or a similar organization. Otherwise you will need to arrange a removal service.
You can speak to your movers regarding this matter as well, although it may be an additional charge. If the items are small enough, handle their disposal personally to avoid extra costs.
Make sure your unit is in good condition
You are responsible for keeping the unit clean and in good condition while your items are in storage. You are also required to leave the unit in the same condition when you move out.
To avoid any additional fees, be sure to clean up any debris, dirt, and spills prior to leaving for good. Once all is good, invite the property manager or someone in charge for a quick inspection to ensure your account is in good standing and is ready to be closed. Once the inspection is complete, you will fill out a vacate form and can be on your way. Be sure to save all of the paperwork just in case.
Make sure to remove your lock .When you move into a storage unit, you are required to obtain your own lock and key. You can either purchase one from the storage provider directly or use one you already own. Since you are the only person with access to the lock combination or keys,
if you leave your lock on, you are still considered to be the occupant of that unit, even if it is empty. If the property manager has to cut open the lock, there may also be a $25 lock-cut fee that applies.
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