1. Don't Store Computers As sensible as it might seem, if you've got a desktop or two that need to be stored with your stuff, it's probably best to save the hard drives and junk the rest. In a year or so, depending on how old your computer is, it will be good to be thrown out or recycled. 2. Sell Appliances Appliances are heavy and take up a lot of space. It's best to sell these instead of storing them. If you're selling your house or condo, you can easily sell your appliances with the place. That's what a lot of homeowners do. If you rent and you've got appliances, try to sell them to the new renters or leverage your social network to make a quick sale. 3. Purge Before the movers come by to pick your stuff, purge as much as possible. Throwing stuff out or recycling is a lot better than just storing it, especially if when you retrieve your belongings, you'll end up throwing it out anyway. There's a lot of junk that people accumulate that doesn't need to be kept. Going through a purge like this every few years ensures that you don't complicate your life with unneeded belongings. 4. Yearly Fee Pick a company that allows you to pay a yearly fee. This is usually prepaid in advance and guarantees you to save a bit of money, anywhere from 10 to 40% compared to monthly fees.
5. Storage Location If you're really trying to save all the money that you can, then you should pick a storage facility that's not in the center of your town. If it's further away, in the suburbs, you'll save a lot of money. When we inquired for storage space, we saw differences of 20-60% to store our stuff in the suburbs compared to downtown. [images via Innsworth Technology Park, Face Off Movement, Channels, DG security] MORE Use Social Networking to Donate, Recycle, and Sell Your Tech