Even under the ideal circumstances, packing up your life and home can be overwhelming and very time consuming. Unfortunately, if you are trying to stage and sell your home, trying to make your house look attractive while it’s littered with boxes and packing peanuts can seem downright impossible.
Luckily, you can do several things to make your home look desirable while you prep, pack, and move to your new home.
Declutter Every Room
The first step that most people take before packing is to get rid of any unwanted and unnecessary items. If you weren’t selling your home, you would have the luxury of carefully going room by room. Unfortunately, because you must make your home desirable to buyers, you must start the decluttering process early and complete it before attempting to sell your home.
The best way to declutter your home is to go room by room. Go through each drawer, closet, box, nook, and cranny and take an honest inventory of each belonging. A simple rule to remember is that if you haven’t used or worn an item for six months to one year, you can live without it.
This rule doesn’t apply to seasonal items, such as winter clothing or holiday decorations. Box up the items that you are planning to keep but do not want to use for staging or aren’t necessary for everyday life. Any items that you are planning to donate and sell should be placed in separate boxes or totes.
If you don’t have anywhere to store items you’re planning to sell or donate, get them out of your home as quickly as possible. Finally, toss out or recycle any items that are broken, damaged, or stained. Eliminating as much clutter from your home will help potential buyers focus on your home’s features and not your belongings.
Pack Up Any Personal Items
If you’re like most homeowners, you house is filled with pictures, knickknack collections, and other items that are priceless to you but won’t be as attractive to potential homebuyers. Packing any personal items will help a potential homeowner see the space as a blank canvas, rather than another family’s home.
The best way to pack photos is to wrap each individually with newspaper or Bubble Wrap. Place the frames inside the box vertically, and fill any remaining space with packing peanuts or newspaper. Each knickknack should be wrapped individually with several sheets of newspaper or Bubble Wrap, as well.
Place the heavier knickknacks on the bottom and fill any gaps in the box with newspaper or packing peanuts.
Leave Out Pieces for Staging
If you’re not familiar with the process, staging your home refers to arranging furniture and decorative items in a specific way to make your property more desirable to potential buyers. Here are a few items you should keep out of moving boxes and in your home to help you successfully and inexpensively stage your home:
- Throw pillows and throw blankets
- Area rugs
- Select artwork
Choose items that are neutral, work well with your home’s color scheme, or would be appealing to a wide variety of potential buyers. For example, lighting candles is a great way to make your home smell amazing and feel inviting, so choose a scent that is not overwhelming or too peculiar.
When it comes to furniture, choose pieces that won’t overwhelm the space, and hang mirrors on the walls to help make the room feel bigger.
Your boxes are packed, home is staged, and now all you have to do is find somewhere to store all of your stuff until your house is sold or you are ready to move. Friends and family in the area might have some extra space, but a garage, basement, or attic is an ideal space to store boxes for several weeks.
Self-storage is a great option because it is secure and allows you to access your belongings. When choosing a self-storage facility, consider one that is close to your home, and rent a unit that is larger than you need. A large unit close to home will make it easier to get items that you need and will allow you wiggle room to dig through boxes. Also, if you have several electronics, choose a climate-controlled unit.
Your moving company might also offer temporary storage solutions. Working with your moving company is a great option because it allows you to add the cost of storage to the moving quote, and you will have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your items are secure and already with the movers.
Moving while trying to stage and sell your house can be challenging, but it is possible. If you have any other questions about storing or moving your belongings, contact the professionals at Bekins Van Lines, Inc.