How to Break a Storage Unit LeaseOkay, so breaking a storage unit lease isn’t exactly simple. There’s a reason there’s so much fine print in the contract. And, it’s a business which is in business to make money. So, it’s not a walk in the park. But, this isn’t to say you are totally stuck. You can request an early release from the lease. Or, buy out the remainder of the contract.
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.comIf possible, you might attempt to transfer the lease to someone else. (Be aware that most contracts prohibit transfers or even subleasing.) Of course, you can just wait out the rental agreement and not renew. Regardless, if you don’t need the space anymore, you’re probably legally responsible to clear it out.
Top Crestview Storage Unit Cleanout TipsIf you are at the end or near the end of your lease agreement, you’ll probably be required to not only clear the space out, but also, to leave it in “broom swept” condition. Here are some helpful storage unit cleanout tips you can use:
- Empty it out. Take everything out of the storage space unit. Clear it out entirely so you have ample motivation to do something with all of it. Otherwise, you’ll rationalize keeping it just a bit longer. If you take everything out, you’ll be less tempted to put it all back (or any of it back, for that matter).
- Document your stuff. Next, document what you have on-hand. Then, you can decide what you’ll keep and what you’ll offload. This will also help you to better organize what you’re keeping when you take it back home.
- Purge as much as you can. Take this opportunity to really purge as much as possible. This is a great time to pare down and lighten the load so you only keep what you really need.