Are you putting your home up for sale?
One of the most important tasks you need to get around to in preparation for an open house is a thorough cleanup. You need to make sure that the property looks as appealing as possible to potential buyers.
Cleanup is rarely easy. It doesn’t only involve getting rid of clutter and dirt; you also need to find a place to store all the items that are eating up way too much space in your home. Every real estate professional will tell you that staging your home for a successful sale depends a lot on how spacious the house looks. Therefore, it’s imperative to create the appearance that the house is actually bigger than it truly is.
Also, you want interested folks to see the fullest potential of the space, and that’s difficult to do if different things are occupying it.
So, what do you do with the volumes of items you own? Here are four self-storage tips to use.
1. Take inventory of all of your possessions.
This is one taxing task, but you will need to do this not only for the open house, but also for when you finally move out. Create a list of all your belongings so you can determine which will stay for the open house, and which must be thrown out, given away, sold, and stored.
By doing this, you can reduce the amount of things that you need to put away in storage, as well as things that you will be bringing with you to the new house you’ll be moving into once you’ve sold your home.
2. Rent a storage unit.
Look for self storage companies in your area that offer a large selection of storage units. Find the perfect size of storage unit for the items that you don’t want to let go of and will be bringing with you to your new home.
A storage unit is a perfect solution for clearing as much space as you can for the open house.When you’re shopping for a self storage company, though, check how flexible it is with the contract. This is a must, especially if you just need to use the unit for the open house.
3. Consider MiniPods.
If you don’t have a lot of items to store away but you don’t want them in the property when people go for an ocular inspection, there are MiniPods you can use. MiniPods are like versatile moving boxes that are provided by storage companies.
You (or the packers) can fill them up, and they’ll be collected and delivered to the storage facility. They are affordable and don’t come with a lock-in contract. You can also easily retrieve the items you’ve stored in the pods if you need to.
4. Buy good quality packing or storage materials.
The quality of boxes, plastic containers, stretch film rolls, tapes and other packing supplies is rather important. You need to make sure that all the items you’re storing away will be kept safe. The right packing or storage material will ensure the quality of your belongings as they’re transported from your home to the storage facility.
● Bonus storage tip: For excesses that you don’t want to put in storage, tuck them away strategically in your home.
Use your home’s organizational implements for the job and make sure that you store all the items in a visually pleasing way. Should potential buyers inspect drawers and cabinets, they will not be turned off by the “organized chaos” stuffed into the home’s organizational features.
If you don’t want them to be seen at all, use locks for your drawers and cabinets. All the excesses will be kept out of sight and they’ll be secured as well.
Making your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers can prove tricky. However, with proper planning and organization, you can be sure it looks like the asset you’re pitching it to be. Make your home a spacious haven when you open it for an ocular. Use the tips provided here to store all the items that you don’t want cluttering your home.
AUTHOR BIOChris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services & storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sqft of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.