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February 23, 2017

Estate Sale

What is an Estate Sale?

An estate sale—typically much larger in scale than a yard sale or garage sale—is held when someone needs to sell the vast majority of items in their home. This is usually due to the death of a loved one, downsizing to a much smaller home, divorce or declaration of bankruptcy. If you are dealing with any of these situations, it can be overwhelming, and estate sales are large undertakings in and of themselves. That’s why many people opt to hire a professional liquidator to handle the process. The charge for their services is usually anywhere from 25-50% of the proceeds.

The sale usually happens inside the home with potential buyers browsing items on display. Professional liquidators will limit the number of people inside at a time, but depending on the turnout, you may see anywhere from 10-20 people browsing items marked for sale. Not everything in the home is guaranteed to be available for sale, however.

How to Store Items You Want to Keep During an Estate Sale

If you want to avoid the potential issue of a cherished keepsake or family heirloom being sold, stolen or discarded during an estate sale, the safest practice is to remove it before the sale takes place. You may not have room to store it just yet, but ezStorage does!

Our self-storage units range in size from 5’x5’ (perfect for storing a small piece of furniture or a few items and boxes) all the way up to 10’x30’ (capable of storing an entire four-to-five-bedroom house). We even have options for vehicle storage including cars, trucks and boats.

We offer climate-controlled self-storage at most locations. Any items that may be sensitive to severe temperature fluctuations or extremes at either end of the thermometer should be kept in this type of storage unit—particularly if you intend to store those items for longer than two-three months.

ezStorage facilities have a number of security features in place to keep your belongings safe, too. Well-lit interiors and exteriors will keep your surroundings and belongings in sight. Secure gate access at most of our locations ensures that only people with pass codes are allowed inside. Many of our self storage units feature individual alarms, and you alone control access. Security cameras keep an eye on things 24 hours a day, and on-site resident managers are stationed at most ezStorage locations.

Our managers are trained and knowledgeable in handling all kinds of storage needs and situations. They can help you determine the right features, size and location for your storage solution. ezStorage managers receive ongoing education and training to keep up with the latest industry trends and developments, and they are ready to put their knowledge to work for you.

Visit an ezStorage location near you for help with your estate sale storage or any other storage needs.

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5x5 locker

5' x 5' (25 sq ft) (Locker)

Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' Storage Unit (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

5x10 unit size

5' x 10' Storage Units (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

10x10 unit size

10' x 10' Storage Units (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

10x15 unit size

10' x 15' Storage Unit (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' Storage Unit (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

10x30 unit size

10' x 30' Storage Unit (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

Renting Online is Simple

  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!