Selling This Summer: The 3 Quick Storage Solutions
If you’ve been thinking about selling, it may be time to speed up that decision. Low inventory and low mortgage rates are still creating the conditions for a seller’s market this season. When homes hit the market, they generally go fast.
While this is great news for potential sellers, there’s something that may be in the way of being able to jump into the market — literally. We’re talking about stuff in your home. Whether you’re dealing with decades’ worth of memories or just the everyday pile-ups that pop up in rooms (and in closets), clutter can complicate the selling process.
For one, clutter makes it difficult to even think about selling due to just how overwhelming and time-consuming it can be to deal with. Second, clutter makes rooms feel smaller and overwhelms buyers so that even in a hot market, your home may not get what it’s truly worth. Third, clutter is just a pain to move.
The best solution to all of the above is the simplest: Put (most of) it in a storage unit and get it out of your way. To make it even easier, opt for an offsite storage pickup service. Typically, these companies drop off a big storage container to you and then pick it up when you’re finished to store it in their facility. Other companies simply pick up your boxes to store in their own offsite facility. When you need your stuff, the company delivers it to your new home.
Here’s an overview of a few of the more popular services:
You’ve probably seen the big PODS-branded white containers in driveways around your neighbourhood before. There are different sized PODS available, ranging from ones small enough for a studio’s worth of items all the way up to a two-bedroom home. (If your home is larger, you may need to arrange for multiple PODS.) When you’re done, the company picks up the PODS container and stores it in one of their offsite facilities or brings it to your new place.
Good to know: You may need to get a permit to “park” a PODS container
Similar to PODS, U-Haul U-Box drops off standalone containers to your driveway so you can pack at your pace. You can arrange for the U-Boxes to be delivered to U-Haul’s offsite storage facility or your new home. However, the main difference is that U-Boxes are all standard size (U-Haul states that each can hold about a room’s worth of items.)
Good to know: Like the PODS above - those of you in townhomes should check with your strata bylaws first regarding storage containers in your driveway
Alluster offers an alternative to traditional storage units. They deliver and pick up packed items and furniture at your doorstep. It's a cheaper, more convenient, and civilized alternative to traditional storage units. Professional movers will safely handle your belongings and save you the trouble of transporting it to the facility yourself. Alluster catalogues your items with a photo inventory, so you can manage, retrieve and share your stored items online and select exactly what you need when it’s time to arrange for delivery.
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