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Down-Size Your Home: Selling, Donating, and Renting Space in Local Storage Facilities

If the time has arrived to move into a smaller home, you must have a plan in place before moving day comes. To start with, is your move a temporary one or do you plan to live there for a long time? If the move you are making is only going to be for a short period of time, you may want to contact local storage facilities about renting a residential storage unit. This is a great way to have your household goods stored in a climate-controlled environment until the time comes for you to need them again.

What if My Move is Permanent?
If your move into a smaller home is permanent such as when you retire or after your kids have moved away, you might want to consider a different solution for some of your items other than paying for local storage facilities indefinitely. This type of solution might include auctions, consignment shops, eBay, yard sales, or donating your excess items to a homeless shelter or charity organization.

Will Your Furniture Fit in Your New Home?
How can you be confident that the furniture you have in your current home is going to fit in your new one? Start by using a tape measure, a sheet of paper, and a pencil to create a diagram to scale of your new home. Then draw in outlines of your furniture using the same scale to see if your furniture will fit, you can try different arrangements. Gaining this knowledge will help you to determine how much of your furniture you can take with you, and how much you need to place at one of the available local storage facilities in your neighborhood.

If you have any items that have already been handed down from one generation to the next, this is an excellent time to pay it forward by passing the pieces down to a member of the next generation of your family. Not only is this an excellent way to get rid of the excess furnishings in your home, but it is also an excellent way to make someone in your family very happy.

Making a Little Extra Cash
If you are like most people, you can always use a little extra money during a move. Garage sales can be an excellent way for you to raise a little extra cash. When you sell items in a garage sale, the buyer becomes responsible for transporting the things they have purchased. Not only do you make money, but you don’t have to worry about moving these items into one of our local storage facilities.

Auction houses and consignment shops only keep the items for so long before disposing of them. Be sure you understand their policies before leaving items with them to sell. You should also check to see who is responsible for transporting your items.

Of course, if you are planning to store items in local storage facilities, you will want to contact Republic. We make home storage a breeze and can help you with a storage solution to fit every circumstance and budget. Contact us today!  


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