Any homeowner putting up their house for sale will want to fetch the highest price possible. The best way to do this is to make your house as presentable, inviting, and well-kept as possible.
Self-storage is the flexible option that allows you to declutter your home and make it easier to sell. Here are some tips on how to use self-storage to your utmost advantage and get the highest price for your home.
Decluttering your home
Buyers do not want to see a cluttered house. Be ruthless when it comes to decluttering. Go through the shelves and cupboards to put as much into storage as possible.
Common areas where junk tends to build up are garages, sheds, pantry and other storage-style cupboards, laundries, and kids play areas. Examples of what to put into self-storage are ironing boards, laundry baskets, cans of paint, old tools, boxes and boxes of toys, linen, memorabilia, and Christmas decorations.
Home buyers want to imagine how they will put their own items in so as to empty the shelves and storage spaces as much as possible.
Decluttering the benchtops, counters, shelves and cupboards will also give interested buyers the impression that your home has more space. Neat, organised, minimalist spaces also tend to be much more inviting.
Make your house as neutral as possible
When listing your house, the photographs and open house appointments should show your house as an empty palette for buyers to picture their perfect home easily. Depersonalise and keep your house as neutral as you can. Box up photos, kids’ drawings, artwork, bills, fridge magnets and put them into self-storage.
Remove “busy-looking textures” in your home that can be distracting such as curtains with bold prints, eye-catching rugs or carpets, animal print wallpaper.
As for decorations, it’s a good idea to keep a few because you don’t want the house to look too bare either. For example, your glass vase, the wall clock and living room lamp can stay if they give your home a warm feeling. Though the Balinese masks your aunt got you, crystals, college sporting trophies probably won’t be missed at viewings if you put them into self-storage.
Think of how minimal, neutral and decluttered luxury hotels look and imitate this look for your open home. This is a good rule of thumb to help you decide what to box up for self-storage.
Staging and property styling
Home staging and property styling specialists are individuals and businesses that stage your home for viewings. Instead of going through all the above yourself, you can hire someone to do it for you!
Property stylists will usually ask that you move everything out. They then put in their own furniture, and contents to style your property in a way that is appealing to buyers.
No matter how often viewings are, whether you’ll have your house contents out for a while or for just one weekend, self-storage is a flexible solution for moving your items in and out!
Repairs and maintenance
Have a look all around the property, the front yard, the backyard, the exterior of the house as well as everything inside. As you did with the inside, declutter the outside: tools, flowerpots and plants, BBQ, outdoor decorations can all personalise too much. Put them into self-storage.
Check for any outstanding repairs and maintenance jobs. Replace cracked tiles, regrout or reseal as required, do any paint jobs, deal with mould. When you’re done you can put all the paint, equipment, and additional material into self-storage.
Keeping your house clean and fresh
After decluttering and the repairs get your house deep cleaned. There is nothing more inviting than a fresh, smelling clean home. Having less clutter at home and more space, it will be a lot easier to keep your home clean and fresh for every open house.
You’ll find interested buyers and seal the deal in no time!