Moving can be a messy chore, especially if you're trying to declutter, sort and live your life all at the same time. If you're also trying to keep your home looking presentable for prospective buyers, it can be downright impossible to also keep your relocation on track. Don't turn off potential buyers with the mess of your move; instead, here are a few tips to help you successfully get out of your current home while you're packing up and relocating:
Consider Renting a Storage Unit
As you get closer to moving day, you will begin to eliminate more and more of your stuff, including the big ticket items. However, before you begin stacking boxes in the foyer or extra bedroom, keep in mind that all the clutter can be very off-putting. Instead, consider renting a storage facility to house the bigger objects and boxes you cannot store in your basement or the corner of the garage.
When choosing a storage facility, look for a unit that is climate controlled, that can be rented on a month-to-month basis and that is on the bottom floor. This will cut down on the extra trips, which is crucial because you'll be moving these heavy objects from the storage unit to the moving truck. In addition to keeping your boxes and totes from cluttering up your home, the storage unit is a great place for you to go through the clutter and even sell some of your belongings.
Learn the Basics of Staging
In order to make their property more attractive to potential buyers, many homeowners are choosing staging. Unfortunately, you might not have the money to stage your home in the midst of your move. Luckily, many of the concepts of staging are the same steps you will need to take while you move.
Here are a few of the basic concepts of staging:
- Start With the Clutter – The first step in staging your home is also one of the first steps you need to take while packing: getting rid of clutter. A clutter-free home makes it easier for homebuyers to imagine themselves living in your space. If you've rented a storage unit, go ahead and place all your excess clutter inside!
- Eliminate Your Personal Belongings -- According to Cube Smart, it's important to eliminate as many personal items from your home as possible. This is because it will help any potential homeowners imagine themselves and their stuff in your house. Not only is depersonalizing your home a great way to sell it, it is also a great place to start packing.
- Cut Back On Your Furniture – Keeping the furniture in each room to a minimum helps the space seem bigger. For example, eliminate the extra recliner from your living room or the small sofa from your bedroom. Once again, a storage facility is a great place to keep the extraneous furniture.
- Choose Neutral Colors – Potential homebuyers will be more attracted to neutral colors. After you remove all of your photos from the walls, consider covering them with neutral paint colors.
- Deep Clean Everywhere – Finally, one of the most inexpensive steps is staging is one of the last things you will need to do before completely moving out of your old house: cleaning. Go the extra mile and scrub the walls, shampoo the carpets and clean out the appliances. Potential buyers will definitely notice the clean surfaces and great smell.
From eliminating the excess clutter, including your personal belongings, to renting a storage facility, there are several ways you can pack up your home while successfully showing and selling your home. Click here for more info on how to make your move easier.