Why Self Storage can Help you Sell your Home Fast
Many sellers never realize that all of those prized
possessions they have collected and held onto over the years could be what is
causing their home to sit on the market for months on end without attracting
prospective buyers. Selling a home today is drastically different than it was a
few years ago. Before the housing market went bust, it was highly recommended
that sellers take some time to remove personal items from their homes before
putting up the For Sale sign. In a hot seller's market, you can get by with
more because there are fewer homes for sale and buyers are more willing to
overlook certain things. Not so in the current market. In today's market, it is
not just recommended that you clear out your house before trying to sell it,
it's almost a requirement.
Removing personal items and de-cluttering your home serves
several primary purposes. First, removing extra furniture and other items can
make a home seem more spacious and roomy. This is often at the top of the list
for what many buyers today are looking for. Homes that appear crowded and small
often sit on the market for far longer than homes that appear airy and
spacious. While you may not be able to actually increase the square footage of
your home, you can remove items to make it appear larger.
Taking out personal belongings from your home can also make
it much easier for prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in the home.
This is absolutely crucial. Many buyers are simply not able to look beyond the
current owner's furnishings and personal items to imagine what it would be like
to actually live in the home. If a house doesn't feel like ‘home' to most
buyers, they are going to keep on looking.
So, what do you do if you need to clear out excess furniture
and other items from your home before you sell it, but you are not able to
actually move out? This is the situation many sellers find themselves in today.
Most people simply cannot afford to move out of a home until it actually sells.
Renting a self-storage unit can neatly and inexpensively solve the problem.
This can be particularly advantageous for the homeowner who has collected a lot
of things over the years they do not wish to get rid of because of sentimental
reasons, but that also needs to clear out their house to make it more appealing
to prospective buyers.
Renting a self-storage unit can be relatively inexpensive,
depending on whether you get an inside or outside unit and whether it is
climate controlled or not. The cost for renting a self-storage unit so you are
able to clear out your house and sell it faster, is certainly negligible when
you consider the benefits you stand to gain. It may even make it possible for
sell your home fast at a higher price when it appears more spacious and less
cluttered, making the cost of renting a storage unit a savvy investment.
In addition, removing items from your home and into a self-storage unit
also makes it much easier to get a head start on your packing. This, in turn,
can provide you with more flexibility. If you should happen to get a cash
offer on your home or some other type of offer that would require a quick
closing, you will be able to respond much faster if you have already moved
a significant portion of your belongings into storage.
When considering which items to remove from the home, there
are a few areas you can focus on. First, make it a point to remove any items
from the home that personalize it. Now is the time to start taking the family
photos down from the walls, the art collection from the fridge door anything else
that screams your name when a buyer walks through the front door. If you have
to walk around furniture to make your way through the house, it is also a good
idea to begin paring down on the furnishings as well. Keep only those items
that are essential. Do a clean sweep of the kitchen counters and place any
small appliances you do not use on a daily basis either out of sight or in
storage. Finally, go through the closets and remove any out-of-season clothing.
This is a great way to make closets appear more spacious, which can be a
serious incentive to prospective buyers.