By Tyranni Rineer, Certified Self Storage Manager
So, it’s getting to the point where you are ready to clear out your storage unit and vacate. In opening your unit, you realize there are a bunch of items that you no longer want or have any need to keep. What can you do these items? Let’s go over some great options on getting rid of unwanted property.
First thing to remember is that per your rental agreement you are required to remove everything from the storage unit when you move out. Nothing is to be left behind. This is because your property manager is not legally permitted to remove any tenant items from a unit at any time. Because of this, if you leave any items behind the storage unit continues to legally be yours because you are still occupying the unit. To avoid that situation when you are ready to vacation, we have some great options on what you can do with those unwanted items so you can leave your storage unit empty upon move out.
Are there any items that could be donated to someone else? You know the saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”? That certainly rings true for all sorts of items. You can ask your friends and family first, then look into donation centers such as Good Will, Community Aid and Salvation Army to name a few. And most communities have churches that will accept donations as well. Make sure to check their websites because there are some limitations on what they can accept. For example, they no longer take items like stuffed animals, car seats and even playpens and cribs.
I’ve even taken the time to list off some convenient locations in Lancaster, PA to get you started:
- Good Will
- 1668 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-394-7079
- 1048 North Plum St, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-394-0647
- 121 Rohrerstown Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603, 717-396-6786
- 2600 North Willow Street Pike, Willow Street, PA 17584, 717-464-1858
- Salvation Army
- 1244 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, 800-728-7825
- Community Aid
- 31 Rohrerstown Rd, Lancaster, PA 17603, 717-412-7706
Do you have items that you know are of no use to you or anyone else? Or, maybe they are damaged or broken and not work keeping or giving to anyone. These you can take to Lancaster County Solid Waste Management located at 1299 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601. You can contact them at 717-397-9968 or check their website at www.lcswma.org for more information.
If there are items you need to get rid of but you do not feel like hauling yourself or you are physically unable, just do a quick Google search for junk removal companies. You can find a bunch of companies in your area to help you out. These companies are usually able to take care of things like junk removals and estate cleanouts, and removing items from your self storage unit fits right into their skill set.
Here are there that I have found with 5-star reviews:
- JDog Haulers
- College Hunks Hauling and Moving
- Knight Hauler
With these tips, you should be able to get everything cleared out of your storage unit so you can vacate properly. Now all that’s left to do is a quick sweep out and close the door. Remember to take your lock with you, and notify the property manager that you have fully vacated.
If you have any other questions or concerns about getting rid of your unwanted items, please feel free to contact your property manager. He or she can likely give you the names for local companies in the area who will take donations and others who can help haul away your junk.