Getting To Empty: How To Clean Out A Storage Unit Using Cleaning Equipment And How To Deal With Cleaning Deposits

So you’ve finally won yourself your own storage units. Sure the hype’s all about the bidding but really, once you have your unit, the real work begins.

Now you need to think about clearing up your unit because self-storage companies take unit cleaning seriously.

So what are the things you need to know when cleaning out your unit using proper cleaning equipment? Here are the most important ones.

1. Take note of the cleaning deposit.

Many places make you put down a cleaning deposit when you win a unit. A cleaning deposit is a fee that will be returned once the unit has been cleared within 24-48 hours. The amount varies from one state to another. If you fail to clear out the unit, then you forfeit the money you paid for the cleaning deposit.

2. Have the proper cleaning equipment with you.

Use a proper cleaning equipment and expect that you will clean and clear out every time you go to a storage unit auction. So bring the right pair of gloves, protection glasses and even an extra shirt. You will need knowing that the unit has been there for the longest time. No one knows what you’ll end up seeing in the corners and inside the furniture.

Also keep in mind that you need to be dressed to clean. Moreover, have a cart or trolley to easily move things around.

3. Only buy units that you can handle.

If you get overzealous and buy too many units at one time then you can find yourself short on manpower and ability to clear them all out. Also, when you are scoping a unit, take note of any items which would be burdensome to move – I have seen gigantic stage props in storage units that would take several people to move, and wouldn’t fit in any normal truck bed.

So keep these things in mind the next time you’ll need to clear out a unit. This will save you tremendous amount of trouble as well as time.

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