It’s important to have a plan before moving into smaller space where there isn’t enough home storage. First, you’ll need to consider if this is just a temporary move. If it’s a temporary situation, how long do you plan to live in your home with reduced square footage without proper storage? Priority Moving can help with extra furniture and belongings by providing storage in a climate-controlled environment. When you’re ready and able to use your household goods again, they’ll be available for you.
If you are downsizing permanently because your children have grown-up, or you’ve retired and now have different priorities, there are different options for reducing extra items. Consignment shops and auction houses will pay you if and when goods sell, or there’s the option of a garage sale. Alternately, if you’re not seeking compensation for the value of the extra items, simply donate the goods to your local homeless shelter.
Will your furniture fit into your new home? Be sure to carefully measure in advance. Make a sketch of each room before movers arrive, using graph paper. Use pencil to draw your rooms with true dimensions, then draw the proposed furniture placement. Don’t settle on a solution before trying several ways so you know what you want before the movers show up. It will make everything go more smoothly for you and the movers. Next, what will you do with the leftover furniture? Decide whether to keep or let go of each item. With heirloom pieces, consider that it might be time to pass these valuables to the next generation. Finally, your remaining items require another decision. Where should they go? It is often at this point that extra home storage is an option.
When eliminating your extra belongings, keep in mind that if money is a concern, going the route of a garage sale could be worth the time and effort involved. The benefit for you is that garage salers will have to move their purchases from your home to theirs, which makes it easy for you. Auction houses and consignment shops sometimes pick up items from your home. They will pay you if the items sell, but they have a time limit before they will release your unsold goods to a donation center. Be sure you understand the way they operate. Plan in advance if you know you won’t have ample home storage. Ask your movers about additional costs for dropping off extra items at a local donation center, too, so you can make plans accordingly.
Priority Moving is happy to answer any storage questions you may have. Call today and speak to a moving specialist to learn more about our home storage service offerings.