Real estate agents often advise you to stage your home before it goes on the market, because buyers are more attracted to well-arranged, spacious-feeling homes. With the help of a storage unit, you can give buyers the look they are wanting without getting rid of any of your belongings. The following steps will help you decide what to put in storage and what to leave out while your house is on the market.
Step #1: Thin Out the Furniture
When working through your home before a sale, look at each piece of furniture in the room and ask yourself two questions: is it beautiful and is it useful? Pare down each room to its essentials, and keep the most attractive of these essentials in the room.
For example, in the bedroom should be no more than a bed, a nightstand or two, and possibly an armoire or dresser if the space is large enough. Move extra chairs, coffee tables, and book shelves from the living room to your storage unit.
Step #2: Bust the Obvious Clutter
Next, move on to the all too obvious clutter. Clear shelving so that it's almost empty, leaving out only a few carefully styled shelves of pretty books or knick-knacks.
Do the same for the cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom. Chances are you won't need a serving for 12 while your house is on the market, so go ahead and pack it away. Potential buyers are drawn to homes that feel spacious.
Step #3: Tone Down the Art
During the sale, your personal photos need to go. Take down the majority of the art (and patch and paint the mounting holes on the wall) to add to that sense of spaciousness. Taking down photos of your kids also helps potential buyers imagine themselves in the home, instead of another family.
Step #4: Tackle Everything Else
The next and final stop is all the clutter you have hidden away. Clean out the closets, attic, and basement storage areas. Buyers will be checking these out too, and once again spaciousness rules. Pack up those winter coats, rarely used kitchen utensils, and boxes of holiday decorations and take them to your storage unit.
One major benefit of home staging with a storage unit, other than improving sales, is that it also simplifies moving. You can quickly pack and move the essentials in your home to your new place, and then bring over everything else from the storage unit. To learn more, contact Falmouth Self Storage.