Self-Storage Unit Cleaning Etiquette

flea-market-1132553_960_720Self-storage has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry, with tens of thousands of facilities set up throughout the country. If you're thinking about renting a self-storage unit or participating in an auction, though, there are a few things you should know regarding cleaning. While most facilities have a list of rules, there are other "unwritten" rules worth noting, as well.

Winning Bidder Must Clean Out the Unit

Assuming you win a storage unit through auction, you are typically required to clean out the unit's contents within 24-48 hours. Keep in mind that this includes both items of value, as well as items without value. So even if a storage unit contains little more than empty boxes and trash, you are still responsible for cleaning it. Failure to do so could result in your name being blacklisted from future auctions at the facility. And if they really want to make life difficult for you, the facility could call and share your name with other nearby storage facilities. To prevent these headaches from occurring, obey the rules by cleaning out your unit.

Sweep It

You don't have to necessarily leave the storage unit spotless, but you should go over it with a broom and dustpan when you are finished. Using a push broom to sweep away dust and dirt will make a world of difference in the cleanliness of your unit -- and it only takes a couple of minutes of your time. Once you get into the habit of sweeping your storage units, the process will become second-nature, allowing you to clean and turn units in less time.

Don't Block Entrances When Other Tenants are Present

There are times when you'll need to use a truck or van to haul off items from a self-storage unit, which is perfectly fine as long as you don't block the entrances to other units when the respective tenants are present. If the tenant next to you is trying to access his or her unit, for instance, refrain from parking your truck directly in front of the unit. I know this sounds like common sense, but you would be surprised to learn just how many people fail to abide by this rule. Be respectful of your neighbors by giving them the necessary space to access their unit. After all, you wouldn't want someone blocking the entrance to your unit, would you?

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