The Best Strategies to Cleaning-Out a unit
Cleaning out a storage unit can be exciting and overwhelming. Here are a few strategies, to help you attack the job.
Step One: Create an “Auction Clean-Out Kit”
- Gloves – have various sizes for yourself and recruited helpers. A proper fitted glove is important for safety reasons. Also, include rubber, latex, or vinyl gloves to use for cleaning up rat/mouse/roach droppings.
- Disc Lock – this lock type is considered the industry standard. Purchase several locks keyed alike (a little more cost upfront but when buying several units it is much more efficient to have only one key to keep track of)
- Masks – never know what smells you may encounter
- Bags – a unit needs to be thoroughly cleaned out, including trash
- Broom – unit needs to be swept clean
- Packing materials – moving blankets, shrink-wrap, boxes (for loose items), hand-truck, etc...
- Rope/Bungee Cords – for your tie down needs
- Flashlight/tap light – for illuminating any dark places
- Resale and tax exempt Certificate – keep copies to give to a facility at time of auction payment, if applicable
- Cash Deposit – keep $100 in an envelope, always ready for a cleaning deposit
- The cleaning deposit does NOT allow a bidder to leave items behind in the unit, please make sure you clean it out completely.
Step Two: Plan Ahead
- Vehicle – make sure it is large enough to empty out the unit. Rent a truck or trailer if needed. Trailers are most cost effective as there are no miles to pay for.
- Extra Muscle – hire help or ask a friend or family member.
- Schedule – you may need more than one day to clean out the storage unit. Plan accordingly by being aware of the facilities clean-out time posted on the Storage Auction Details page and printed on your Invoice.
- GPS the facility - in case of multiple trips, you will know the distance and time required to complete the clean-out process.
Step Three: Organize
- Vehicle Loading – categorize you load – keep, toss, donate and sell. If you have time to view the contents of your unit, load your vehicle according to your categories.
- Toss –first load to come off the truck
- Donate – drop off on the way home
- Keep – Items to bring home
- Sell – last load to come off the truck
Step Four: Reminders
- All units are sold “AS IS”
- Always call the facility before you head out to retrieve your treasures!
- Cash – bring the correct clean-out deposit and “Balance Due at Facility” amount owed, most facilities do not have change
- The cleaning deposit is returned once the facility verifies the unit is empty and in “broom-swept condition”