How to Store Your Stuff When Selling Your Home: The Best Tips

Written by Posted On Thursday, 03 October 2019 06:05

If you are trying to sell your home, you know you can't leave your stuff all over the place. Click here for tips on how to store your stuff when selling.

In 2018 alone, more than 5.34 million homes ended up on the market and sold to new owners. That number will likely increase this year.

If you’re planning on selling your house this year, you know that finding a way to store your stuff is important. The less stuff you have inside your house during showings, the better and the more money you’ll save during the move itself.

But if you’re like most people, figuring out how to store your belongings can feel like a bit of a mystery. Here are a few simple tips to help.

Get Rid of Items You Don’t Want or Use

Before you even start thinking about looking for storage solutions, go through the items you have in your house.

Are there things you thought you’d use but haven’t? If so, get rid of them. This will help you get rid of the clutter taking up space in your closets, drawers, and shelves.

Even better, you won’t have to worry about packing those items up to move them. You’ll save time and money over the course of the move. And your house will instantly look cleaner and more spacious before you move the rest of your stuff to the storage unit.

Pack Out-Of-Season Items Ahead of Time

Think about the items you’re not willing to get rid of before you move. These can be out-of-season clothes, holiday decorations, and anything else that may look out of place during showings.

Remember, prospective buyers need to be able to picture themselves in your house. The more decorations and personal items you have, the harder that will be.

By packing up your out-of-season items, you’ll further declutter your home and can free up more usable space in the house while you’re there.

Choose the Right Type of Unit

Unless your new house is ready to move into before you sell your old home, you’ll need to find a storage unit to keep your stuff safe. Just make sure you choose the right type of unit.

According to these storage facilities, you need to think about the items you’re storing and the frequency with which you’ll need access to those items.

If you’re storing fragile items like antiques or artwork, you’ll want to rent a climate-controlled unit. But if you’re storing sports equipment, books, and other items that won’t get hurt by changing temperatures, a standard unit will be just fine.

Keep in mind that you need to choose a location that’s convenient. If you feel that you can’t get to your items when you need them, you’ll feel tempted to move those boxes back to the house. When this happens, you’ll have to deal with clutter right when your home needs to look pristine and clean.

When in Doubt, Go Big

It’s far better to rent a storage unit that’s too big than it is to choose one that’s too small. Plan for the worst-case scenario.

Think about the number of items you know you’ll want to bring to the storage unit. Then, double it at least. This will give you an idea of how large a unit you’ll need.

If you’re still not sure how much space you need, speak with the staff at the storage facility. They’ll be able to help you decide which unit fits your needs and can even help you figure out what to do if you outgrow the unit.

Remember, storage units should help solve stress, not add to it.

Label Your Boxes

No matter how confident you are that you’ll remember what’s in each box while you’re packing it, there’s a great chance that you’ll forget what’s in them by the time you move.

Take the time to label your boxes before you put them in storage. If you pack in clear plastic boxes, create an inventory list and put it towards the front of the box. This way, you can read what’s inside easily.

If you choose to use cardboard boxes, jot the list down on the outside of the box.

When you need something from the storage unit, all you’ll need to do is glance at your boxes. You’ll save yourself the time and frustration you’d spend going through each one.

Leave a Walkway in the Storage Unit

You still need to be able to access the items in your storage unit. If you stack box after box in the unit, filling it from front to back, you won’t be able to get to most of your items.

Spare yourself the headache and arrange boxes so you have a walkway around the entire storage unit. Stack heavy boxes on the bottom and lighter on top.

Start by building stacks along the walls of your storage unit. Once you fill up the walls, add stacks to the middle of the unit, taking care to leave enough room to walk around the stacks.

With walkways, you’ll be able to access boxes quickly and can better organize your stuff as needed throughout the moving process.

Use the Right Packing Materials to Store Your Stuff

Yes, there are right and wrong packing materials to use and it all depends on the stuff you’re packing.

For fragile items, use packing paper to add padding. Using newspaper may be eco-friendly, but the ink can and will transfer from the paper to your belongings, potentially ruining your belongings.

Wrapping items in plastic may keep the water off of them, but it also traps moisture against your items. Instead, use old towels or sheets to pad those fragile items. This keeps them safe but allows them to breathe so you won’t have to combat mold or mildew once you’re in your new home.

Final Thoughts

Using a storage unit to store your stuff when you’re selling your home is a great way to cut down on clutter and clean up the house without getting rid of your treasured possessions. Even better, you can keep it after you move into your new home to help stay organized year after year.

Just make sure you keep the space organized and choose the unit that fits your needs best.

For more helpful tips on getting your home ready for sale, check out our latest posts.

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pat ferguson

Pat Ferguson is a real estate agent and consultant, a writer at his blog as well as a senior editor here at usdailyupdate, where he maintains the across the pond feature

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