When showing your house to potential buyers, it needs to look as good as possible. This means removing all the clutter to create a clean and open space. But where should you put all of your possessions? Simply throwing items into the closet won’t work, as buyers often peak into these spaces to see how much storage is available. Here are a few helpful tips for removing your stuff from your old house to make it as appealing as possible.
Host a Garage Sale
The first step in clearing out your home is to go through your items. Start sorting room by room and toss any items you haven’t used and don’t plan on using into a box. If you’re stuck on whether or not to keep something, consider if you want to spend time moving it into your new home when you sell this one.
Once you’ve collected a sizeable amount of items, get rid of them by hosting a garage sale. Post signs around your neighborhood and line up the boxes on your driveway. This is also a good way to drum up interest in your open house, as you can advertise it as a moving sale to attract homebuyers.
Invest in Storage Containers
Once you’ve narrowed everything down to the bare essentials, it’s time to start organizing. Begin putting items in the areas where buyers aren’t likely to look, such as under the bed or in the attic. In particular, store things here that you won’t need until you move, such as knickknacks or seasonal decorations. You’ll also want to get uniform storage containers to make things look neat and tidy. Stack things in these boxes and pile them up away from view.
In particular, the most important areas to focus on here are the bathroom and kitchen. Avoid having more than three items on your kitchen counter, clear out cleaning supplies from under the sink, and minimize the number of dishes you have in the cupboard. In the bathroom, limit your toiletries to hand soap and keep the medicine cabinet and other cupboards free from your personal items.
Put Items in Storage
If you’ve gone through all of your possessions and found you still have too many to properly stage your home, it’s time to consider a storage unit. Self-storage rates vary depending on where you live; however, the average price of a 10’x20’ unit is $100 to $280 a month, with the low end of that being a small market and the high end being a large market.
Because that can cost a lot, you might want to ask a friend if you can throw a few boxes in their garage for a few weeks until your house sells. However, be sure not to abuse the privilege by leaving your items there long-term.
With these decluttering tips, your home will look presentable and appealing. You’ll have a much better chance of selling your home faster, meaning you can move to your new home that much sooner.