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Monday, November 27, 2017

Tips for Storing Your Stuff When Staging Your Home

When you’re selling your home, it’s important it looks its best for open houses and showings. You need it to look ready for the new owners to move in and decorate it to their tastes. Clearing your home of clutter can help you sell your home more quickly—but what do you do when you have limited space to store your excess belongings?

Here are some tips to help you keep your belongings out of sight, and out of potential homebuyers’ minds.

Pack Up the Unnecessary

You likely don’t need everything you currently have in your home. Pack up non-essential items like extra linens and out-of-season clothing, and toss out items you don’t need. Donate clothing and other items that are still in good condition to a local organization. Store your boxes in a garage, shed, or if necessary, an off-site storage unit.

Decluttering will allow you to open your space and let homebuyers imagine your home as their own. Start with your kids’ playroom, your unused closets, the basement, and other areas where clutter tends to accumulate. You’ll quickly see the results of packing up your home.

Organize What’s Left

You can’t place everything into storage; many of your possessions are required for everyday use and are important for staging. Make sure to organize things in decorative baskets, bins, and storage containers. Reorganize kitchen cabinets in case buyers decide to look into them. By storing your items well, you’ll be able to quickly clean up before a home showing and help your home sell more quickly.

Search for Inspiration

If you’re running out of ideas for storage, other home sellers might be able to help. Go to open houses for other properties in your neighborhood, look at listings online, and take a look at model homes. You’ll get plenty of ideas for how to organize your home and present it to your buyers. You may even get some staging inspiration. You can also ask your Realtor for help with organization, as they have lots of experience selling homes.

Ask for Help from Friends and Family

Whether you’re moving across town or the country, packing up can be difficult. Your friends and family can be an asset in helping you move furniture, downsize, and even organize for showings. Utilize this network for a garage sale, help with donating items, or even moving to your new home. You can save money and clean up faster.

Storing belongings in your home while selling is a challenge, but you can do it with these tips. Start decluttering and make a plan with your family and Realtor. You’ll be ready and organized when your house is on the market.

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