Selling Storage Items Safely: A Guide To Profiting From Your Unit

Posted on: 2 August 2016

A storage unit is not just an ideal place to pack away items for extended periods of time. These units can also help keep items in great condition as you prepare to sell them. When selling locally, it's typically common to meet up with the person and exchange the item for the money. Doing this safely will ensure that you are protected and do not fall for any scams. Follow this short guide whenever you plan on selling items from a storage unit.

Storage Unit Meeting

When renting a storage unit from a facility like East "O" Street Self Storage LLC, you are typically given access through a key fob or code that lets you into the gated area. It is a privilege to have access to this area and you should not allow strangers into the facility. When selling items directly from the unit, it's a good idea to retrieve the item and meet them outside the unit property. This can ensure that the person doesn't gain access to your unit and you are not held liable for any damage or criminal activity that occurs.

Aside from the unit facility itself, you can choose another public location like a gas station, library, or fast food restaurant. These spots are easy to meet up and sell at.

Storage Unit Item Listings

When posting pictures of items for sale a unit, you want to pay attention to the details of the image. The image itself should only feature the item that is for sale. If your picture features other items in the unit it can tip off potential criminals as they potentially try to rob the items from the unit. Keep an identifying information out of the images and listings. This includes the unit number and the location of the unit facility. Using a plain backdrop like a sheet or poster board can help with this.

Bulky Products

For bulky products like large appliances or furniture, it may seem easier to exchange the items right at the storage unit. As an alternative, you can rent a hardware store moving truck or van to transport the item for sale. This allows you to easily move the item and deliver it where it needs to go. The price of the rental can be included in the price of the item. This will help you still make a profit on the bulky items that you end up selling. A short truck rental can range anywhere from $20 to $50 for an hour.

Always be safe when selling items. It's also good to have a family member or friend with you while selling for a little extra safety.


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