When you put your home up for sale, you want your house to be as enticing to buyers as possible. In addition to painting and tidying your home and yard, it helps if you declutter and remove everything but the essentials. Fewer belongings make your home seem larger and more attractive. You can rent a self-storage unit to temporarily hold your excess belongings, and rent it by the month for as long as you need. Here are tips for decluttering your home to get it ready for the market.
Thin Out Your Closets
Closets are of interest to potential buyers, and the larger and roomier they are, the better. If your closets are stuffed full of clothing and disorganized, they may turn off buyers. You can thin out your clothing by putting seasonal clothes and things you don't wear very often in storage. If you decide you need something, you can always get it out of storage later.
Moving and storing clothes is easy if you use a wardrobe box. This type of box has a bar for hanging clothes just like you do in your closet. This saves you the trouble of folding clothes and then rehanging them when you get your things out of storage. With fewer clothes, you'll be able to organize your closet and show off the space so buyers are impressed with the amount of closet space in your home.
You'll also want to clear out and organize other storage closets in your home as well as spare rooms and the garage if you use them for storage.
Pack Up Personal Items
Your real estate agent might suggest removing things like family photos and personalized items from your home so your home has a blank slate that makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize their belongings in your home.
Even if your real estate agent doesn't suggest it, you may still want to remove sentimental and valuable items from your home since strangers will be touring your house when you're not there. You can pack the items in your storage unit where they'll be safe until you're ready to place them in your new home.
Remove Excess Furniture
Too much furniture makes your home seem small and cramped. You may need to remove chairs or a dining set. Your real estate agent might offer advice on what furniture to remove, and if your furniture is old and worn out, they might even suggest bringing in staging furniture for your living room to make your home seem fresh and modern.
You can keep all kinds of furniture in your self-storage unit, but if you rent a smaller unit, you may need to take the furniture apart first so everything fits without being crushed together.
To learn more about storage, contact a facility like LoDo Self Storage & Moving Center.