When you are looking to sell your home, you want to make sure it looks presentable. Oftentimes, a cluttered home may put your sale at a disadvantage. A major contributor to a cluttered home is furniture. As a homeowner, you may not notice how much clutter you really do have but to a potential buyer, they want to envision the home as their home. Therefore, in this case, less is more and getting rid of clutter is imperative if you want your home to sell.
“Buyers often have a difficult time envisioning how a property can be used,” says Dan Keating, owner of Coast Home Staging, based in Long Beach, Calif. When they see a house that’s beautifully staged, it’s warm and inviting, and they perceive a much stronger value to that property. That stronger perceived value often translates into a higher selling price.” (Source: bankrate.com)
If you’re in a transitional stage where you’re selling a home but haven’t moved into a new home yet, then how do you hide the clutter? Removing excess furniture, possessions, and other items will also help you in the packing process, better preparing you to move into your own new home. Of course, you’ll need someplace to put all of the items you’re moving out of your house. Buyers are going to look everywhere in your home so make sure to clean and de-clutter your closets. You also need to clean and de-clutter garages and sheds. Every inch of space is valuable when selling your home.
A storage unit is a great solution to help you de-clutter when selling. All Storage provides many storage units of various sizes and can help customers during this transitional period.
Here are some tips on how to stage a home to sell:
Clean Your Home
Before you do anything else, clean your home. Vacuum, dust, do whatever you have to do to get it sparkling clean. This will be the biggest factor in making a home look presentable. In addition to cleaning your home, dust and clean your furniture prior to placing in a storage unit. This will help lessen the dust that it might collect while in storage.
Remove Unnecessary Clutter
Generally, a good rule of thumb is that if it has a home somewhere else: it’s clutter. The object should match with the function of the space that it is in and should need to be in that specific place. Piles of paper, boxes of items, clothing, old computers, and appliances are all examples of clutter. All of these items can be placed in a storage unit.
Don’t Get Personal
You want a potential buyer to see the house as theirs, not yours. Remove personal items like family photographs, personal trophies, and other items which are specific to you and your family. While these items and decorations may bring meaning to you, they will not help sell your home. Box up these items and place them in a storage unit along with all the other clutter.