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Getting a house ready to sell is a big and exciting task with a long To Do List. It means repairing things, doing a bit of landscaping, and keeping things tidy. It also means decluttering and boxing up many of your personal items so potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. The question for many homeowners then is what to do with all of the things that need to get out. A storage unit is a logical choice, and here are a few of my top tips for finding the right one for you.
Decide what kind and size of storage unit you want.
Indoors or outdoors? Temperature controlled or not? These are important questions to ask before starting your search. Take a look at the things you plan to store. Antiques, wood furniture, or family heirlooms and photographs should probably go in a temperature-controlled unit. Bicycles, metal tables and chairs, or camping gear will be fine in a non-temperature controlled unit.
Check for weather and pest proofing.
Keep in mind that Ohio summers are hot and humid, while winter is cold and snowy. Early spring is a bit messy, and autumn sends the squirrels looking for good storage units, too. Look for signs of dampness or pests large and small. If you don’t want a stash of acorns and walnuts in your box of books, make sure doors and walls are properly sealed and secure.
There are plenty of storage places in the Columbus, Ohio area, so make a list of those within a certain radius of your home or where you hope to move and head on out. Don’t go for the very first one you see, but check out a handful to compare. The closest one may not be the best or have the best deal, which means a little legwork could really pay off. Some offer deals on the first month or a bulk rate if you agree to sign up for a longer-term contract.
Ask to see the actual unit you will be renting.
Some places will show you a unit that is similar, but try to get a look at the one you will be using. Depending on its location, it may be easy or difficult to maneuver large or heavy items. It may also face the direction weather always comes from (here in Columbus that’s usually the west) or take the brunt of afternoon sun. Make sure the floor and walls are clean and not stained, too, as those may attract pests or seep or into your stuff.
Review the contract.
After shopping around for the kind of unit you think you want, take home a copy of the contracts and look them over. Make sure you know what the late-payment policy is and if your homeowners insurance covers the items in the unit. If it doesn’t, the storage facility might offer a cheap insurance to cover the cost of your items. Most places will let you hold a unit for twenty-four hours while you make up your mind, so don’t be shy if you see something you like.
Columbus, Ohio Real Estate Agent
Taylor Kolon’s years of experience helping people sell or find the right home taught him that his work is about more just land and buildings. It’s about hopes, dreams, and a secure future. It’s about helping individuals and families turn a challenging situation into an opportunity, and to that end Taylor listens carefully to his clients as he guides them to their goal.
A jump from corporate sales in the Ohio metals industry to real estate was only natural for this outgoing guy. As a result, Taylor brings a sharp eye for detail and well-honed negotiation skills to work for every client every time. Taylor earned his degree from Central Michigan University where he also played on the men’s volleyball team. The fast pace and the teamwork as well as the physical and mental challenge he found on the court are some of what he loves best about his work. He also understands the value of continued training and education to keep his game in top shape. Every time he hands over the keys to an ecstatic new homeowner feels like a win.
Taylor believes in the importance of community and making sure he’s giving back what he can to Columbus through various volunteer activities and membership in the Clintonville Chamber of Commerce. However, there is no denying, that his favorite way to spend his free time is with his wife, Mandy, and their daughter, Elena.
Contact Taylor today.