Ways That A Self-Storage Unit Can Help In The Wake Of A Family Member's Death

Posted on: 29 September 2016


When a family member who doesn't live with you passes away, you'll likely be preoccupied with the grieving process. However, it's also useful to think about the duties that you'll likely begin handling in the days following the person's death. The list of these jobs will often be lengthy, but it's useful to add one more thing to your list — rent a self-storage unit near the person's home. The availability of this storage space will come in handy in a number of different ways, thus making your life easier during this trying time. Here are some ways that this unit can help.

Preparing To Sell The House

One of the things that you'll need to do upon your family member's death is divide up his or her estate, and that often includes selling the house. To do so, you'll need to at least remove some of the possessions from it to allow it to look clean and uncluttered. Instead of moving these things into your home, the logical solution is to transport them to a storage unit. You can then work on selling the home, and when the sale is complete, you can take the time to go through the items in the storage unit and divide them according to the family member's wishes.

Venue For An Estate Sale

There will invariably be items left behind by your family member that you, your siblings, or other family members do not wish to take. This can leave you with a sizable number of things on your hands that you'll need to get rid of. The logical solution is to hold an estate sale right in the storage facility. Many facilities allow renters to have sales of this nature, which means that you can advertise and have people visit the facility on a given day to go through the items and select those that they want. This is preferable to taking everything to your home for the sale.

Dividing Things If You Don't Get Along With Family Members

It can be awkward to spend time with family members after a death if you don't have a close relationship. If you're in charge of dividing up the possessions, you might be resistant about meeting family members awkwardly. If you move everything to a self-storage unit and lock it with a combination lock, you can then communicate via email with the family members and provide them with the address of the storage center and the combination to the lock. This will allow people to drop by and pick up what they need to get — without you having to be there.

For more information on renting a storage unit, contact a facility near you, such as Statewide Self Storage.