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Selling This Summer: The 4 Quickest Storage Solutions

Ron Bisher
May 4 5 minutes read

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:

PODS

You’ve probably seen the big PODS-branded white containers in driveways around your neighborhood 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.

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U-HAUL U-BOX

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.)

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UNITS

Cincinnati locally-owned and operated emphasizes 'Portable Storage made Simple.'  Proud of their customer service, when you call, you will speak to a person, not to someone in a call center. UNITS serves and delivers to the greater Cincinnati area, including Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. Containers come in two sizes and can be kept at your house or securely in their storage facility (where you have complete access to your container). Are you moving? Your UNIT can go with you! This is definitely aimed at the DIY-type as you'll pack and unload your UNIT yourself. 

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Pack-Rat

In partnership with Lowe's, you can stop at one of their stores to learn about Pack-Rat in your area to decide if it's right for you. Lowe's also sells packing materials to make storage/moving easier. Pack-Rat delivers the unit to you, you pack it yourself, and then they pick it up to store it or move it to your next location for you. They can move you locally or cross country. 

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