Do you have property which you want to keep but which you are unwilling or
unable to take with you? Consider storing it. For example, if you are moving
to a smaller home but don't want to sell furniture which will not fit, you can put it in
storage. Large tools and work benches can be stored if there is no workspace in your
new home. Air conditioners and other appliances which are incompatible with your new
home as well as clothes which are inappropriate for your new climate can also be put away
for your return.
Inspect the storage facility carefully. Ask such questions as: Is it clean?
Are there palates for raising stored items off the floor? Are the rugs rolled
or folded and is the rolling or folding done by you or the facility? Are rugs also
stored off the floor? Is there evidence of any water damage? Are there
sprinklers, fire alarms, and security devices?
Find out if insurance is available through the storage facility or if you will need to
get it from your insurance agent.
Clean your property and make any necessary repairs before you store it.
This Homebuyers Tip was excerpted from:
Moving: A Complete Checklist and Guide by Karen G. Adams,
Silvercat Publications, San Diego, 1994
ISBN # 0962494569