Lake Mary Storage Unit Clean Out TipsNo matter how you eventually get out of the lease, the rental agreement states you must leave the storage space in good condition. You should empty it, of course, but there’s probably one or more clauses which make it your responsibility to leave it in clean condition. Start by checking the weather forecast. You’ll need a sunny weekend to work. Then, empty the storage unit out completely.
Some self-storage contracts spell out terms in plain language while others might leave you utterly confused. It’s smart to brush up on lease agreements before you sign on the dotted line. “If a manager is doing his or her job, there shouldn’t be any surprises,” said Kelly Epps, property manager at Pioneer Stor & Lok in Columbus, GA, who said she sits down with customers to make sure they understand their lease agreements. —SpareFoot.comOnce everything is out, organize and label all your stuff. Then, decide what you’ll keep and what’s got to go. (Purge as much as possible so you have less to store at home.) You can sell and donate what you no longer need or want.
Ways to Get Out of a Self Storage LeaseNow, as for the lease, if it’s still ongoing, you’ll also have to deal with it. Here are some options for how to get out of a self storage lease:
- Pay the balance. The easiest but likely most expensive way to get out of a self storage unit lease is to simply pay the balance. You might have to pay for the unused time, but you’ll be free.
- Wait out the lease. Another strategy is to simply wait out the lease term. Go ahead and empty out the storage space. Be sure to sweep it clean and sell and donate what you can. Then, just wait until it’s time to opt out of the renewal.
- Have someone else use it. You can also ask someone else to take over the space (and hence, the monthly fee) but keep in mind, most storage contracts prohibit subletting. So, put the arrangement in writing.
- Ask to be released from the lease. You can also speak with the facility management to request an early release from the lease. Here again, you might pay extra, but you will no longer be obligated.