Selling a home is a stressful experience. You want to get the best price possible and you want your home to sell quickly. According to real estate professionals, staging your home is a crucial step in making that happen. Recent real estate reports have indicated homes that are staged sell for about 17 percent more than homes that have not been staged and sell for 6 percent more than the asking price. In addition, homes that are staged sell 79 days faster than those that have not been staged.
Decluttering is the first, and most important, step in the staging process. Home owners will have a difficult time seeing the potential your home offers and envisioning themselves living there if it is cluttered and filled with your personal belongings. Additionally, clutter makes your home feel smaller, which can be a turn off to potential buyers. But packing up a few things and stashing them in the closet or garage isn’t going to be sufficient. To really appeal to buyers, you need to remove as much as you can and remove it completely from your home. This is where we can help. A self storage unit from AAA Self Storage of Lansing is the perfect place to store all of your belongings until you’re ready to move them to your new home.
When staging your home, you need to be serious about decluttering by packing away anything and everything that you can live without during this transition period. Keep only what you absolutely need. Start by packing up anything personal, such as photos, books, collectibles, knick-knacks, and other similar items. Go through all of your closets and pack up any clothing that you don’t need right away, especially out-of-season clothing. The more you remove from your closets, the bigger they will seem to potential buyers. Clean out all of your cabinets and drawers, removing anything that is non-essential. Because curious prospective buyers will likely open all those drawers and cabinets, you should remove anything personal or valuable. Kitchens are a big selling feature. Make sure yours is appealing by keeping the counters cleared and pack up any excess dishes, storage containers, or small appliances that may be claiming valuable storage space. If you have children your likely to have a lot of toys. Pack as many away as you can to limit what your children can scatter around the house. This will enable you to tidy up quickly for those last-minute showings. You should also remove any unnecessary furniture from your home to make rooms seem more spacious.
Don’t forget to declutter your outdoor spaces. Consider storing your lawn equipment, bikes, and old or worn patio furniture in a storage unit. If you have a trailer or ATV, a larger storage unit can accommodate those as well.
Adequate storage space is a must-have feature for most home buyers. Avoid the temptation to simply store all the items you’ve packed up in your storage areas. Prospective buyers will want to scrutinize every area of your home, including closets, the basement, the garage, and even the attic. Filling these areas with boxes of your belongings will make the areas look smaller and less appealing.
Now that you’ve simplified and decluttered your home, make sure it appeals to a broad range of prospective buyers. Start by giving it a thorough cleaning. You may want to consider hiring a professional cleaning company to ensure every nook and cranny is spotless. The décor should be neutral and you should avoid bold or gender-specific wall colors by repainting rooms if necessary. Look for things that need to be repaired or replaced, as well as things that could benefit from an upgrade, such as hardware, lighting, and flooring. Make sure that each space has a single, designated purpose so that buyers don’t have to guess the intended use for that space.
Regardless of how much you need to store, AAA Self Storage of Lansing can help. We offer several different unit sizes to accommodate any need. If you will be storing items that are vulnerable to humidity or extreme temperatures, such as electronics, wood furniture, clothing, or valuables, a climate-controlled storage unit is recommended. With our month-to-month lease, you don’t have to worry about being locked into a longer lease period that you need. You can cancel your lease as soon as you’ve moved into your new home, or you may find it convenient to unpack and move items from your storage unit gradually.