Even though the real estate market is improving in most areas of the country, the process of selling a home still requires homeowners to do everything they can to make sure their home is as appealing as possible. Not only must the home be extremely clean and in good repair, it must also showcase every square foot to its best advantage. Even though buyers may understand that the homeowner is preparing to move, cluttered rooms and stacks of boxes can prevent even the most understanding buyer from seeing and appreciating the true spaciousness of the home:
A Convenient, Inexpensive Solution
Many homeowners make the mistake of storing their unused items and pre-packed boxes in their garages, attics or basements when they are preparing to move. Although this is better than allowing the clutter to take over the main living areas of the home, it still prevents buyers from seeing the amount of usable space that these areas of the home might offer.
A more buyer-friendly solution is to remove these items from the home and store them securely in a climate-controlled self storage unit near the home.
Ensuring Great Showings
Most homeowners plan ahead to move and renting a self storage unit should be one of the first entries on their moving to-do list. In fact, this should be done at least six months in advance of the move and even before listing the home for sale.
The photos and video tours used to market your home to buyers will look far more attractive when the home is comfortably, but sparsely furnished and decorative items are minimal. Here is a list of items that homeowners can pack and store months in advance of the move without any negative effects on the daily life of the family.
- Out of season clothing that will not be needed for several months
- Holiday decorations and yard ornaments that will not be used again until the move is complete
- Excess memorabilia, collectibles and decorative accents throughout the home
- Out of season sporting equipment
- Baby furnishings and clothing that are being kept for future additions to the family
- Out of season yard and garden tools
- Excess toys, books and games
Last In, First Out and Other Rules to Remember
When storing items in your self storage unit, use these basic rules to make the experience even more convenient.
- Label each box appropriately, on both the front and top
- Make sure box labels are as visible as possible
- Keep a master inventory list and update it each time you add to or remove a box from the unit
- Remember to reserve an access lane down the middle of the unit so that you can easily reach stored items
- Place any items that you may need access to near the front of the storage unit, or along the access lane
Your stored items will be safe, yet easily available when needed or when moving day arrives. Best of all, your home will feel more spacious when viewed and be easy to keep clean and neat throughout the marketing process.