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Are Storage Units a Good Idea?

To rent or not to rent a storage unit. That’s a big question for many homeowners.

According to industry statistics, more than 10% of Americans pay an average of $100 a month on self-storage units — often on items that are forgotten or left to languish for years. 

In addition to the financial cost, we find there’s an emotional cost to self-storage. If you store items indefinitely, often due to indecision or nostalgia, you likely won’t revisit them often enough to enjoy them. Instead, you’ll see the extra “stuff” as a burden — “out of sight” but not fully “out of mind.” 

However, as a short-term solution, storage units can be useful under the right circumstances. In particular, we recommend that our clients use self-storage when we’re preparing a home for market and have a tight turnaround time. 

By adhering to a few clear guidelines around self-storage, CMFTO helps you efficiently edit, organize, and prepare your home for sale:

  • Rent a storage unit on a month-by-month basis. (Remember: This is a short-term solution!) 
  • Consider the storage unit an extension of your home during the editing process.
  • Allow family members to take any treasured pieces before editing begins, so there are fewer items to move or store.
  • Put furniture and other items you’re undecided about into storage in the interim, making room for staging items.
Before – Family room with client’s belongings, which were placed into storage
After – Family room with staging items, used to create an inviting and neutral space

Our team will carefully pack and clearly label all your items for storage. Once it’s time to sort through your belongings and make decisions about what to keep, donate, or sell, CMFTO has the resources to expedite the process from beginning to end. For items you choose to move with you or gift to loved ones, we’ll coordinate pick-ups and deliveries to multiple people and places. For unwanted items, our team will work with a vetted third-party company to handle any donations responsibly. Finally, we’ll photograph any items for consignment or auction and shop them around to our trusted vendors to ensure you get a fair price.

While we don’t recommend using self-storage in the long term, it’s a helpful way to find extra space — and give yourself some breathing room — when preparing your home for sale. Rather than pack items in a hurry for fear of leaving something behind, you can thoughtfully consider which items to donate, gift, sell, or move to your new home. We’d love to discuss how we can help with your unique editing, organizing, staging, and move management needs!

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