When you are preparing to sell your home, your real estate agent may advise you to hire a home staging professional or to depersonalize the space. If you thought about storing all of your extra stuff in your closets, garage or basement, this is not a wise decision. A storage unit is a great idea for sellers, and here are four reasons why.
Clutter makes a space look smaller. If every one of your drawers, cupboards, shelves and closets is packed full, this gives prospective buyers an idea that your house is not big enough. Clutter also makes it difficult for buyers to imagine how they would decorate and live in the space. A good rule of thumb is to remove enough items so that drawers, closets and cabinets are only two-thirds full. Remove large pieces of furniture that could get in a buyer's way. If you have an entire wall of knickknacks, remove all but one or two tasteful pieces. This is also a good way to weed out what you no longer want.
Store Your Personal Items
Part of preparing your home for sale involves removing the personal touches that make the house your home. For example, the framed photographs you hang on the wall or display on bookshelves should be packed and placed into tubs or boxes in a storage unit. The same is true for your framed college diploma. If you have a collection of memorabilia, stow it in the storage unit. By removing these items, the prospective buyers will be able to imagine themselves living in the home.
Stash Your Packed Boxes
If you have already started packing in anticipation of your move, a storage unit is the ideal place to put the packed and sealed boxes. Label each box on all four sides. It is also smart to number them and create your own spreadsheet or use an app in order to track what is inside the boxes. This will help you move more smoothly. Prospective buyers will not see how eager you are to sell your house if your packed boxes are already off-site. If buyers think you are in a hurry or eager to sell, their offers might not be as high.
Stow Your Seasonal or Rarely Used Items
Chances are good that you have some items that are not exactly clutter, but they do take up space in your home and detract from its visual appeal. Before your real estate agent starts showing your home to prospective buyers, it is a good idea to remove seasonal and rarely used items to a storage unit. For example, if you are selling your home with showings to begin in April, you could put all of your Christmas, Valentine's Day, Halloween, autumn and Thanksgiving decor in a storage unit. You could also take your snow shovel, rake and skis to the storage unit. Pack your winter clothing, heavy quilts and flannel sheets for storage, too.