Trying to sell your home often leaves you struggling to keep every room immaculately clean and organised, just in case a potential buyer comes to take a look. But life still goes on around you when you’re trying to sell your home, meaning the dinner dishes still accumulate and shoes will undoubtedly line the hallway. Keeping your house looking its best the entire time it’s on the market can be difficult, and we often obsess over the tiny details. But with just a few simple changes that make a big impact, you can ensure that your house looks spacious, uncluttered and organised. One of the best ways to achieve this is to keep certain items in storage when you’re in the process of trying to sell your home.
In this blog post, we share 6 items you’re better of keeping in storage when selling your home.
While most of us are guilty of collecting knickknacks that are meaningful to us, it’s important to remember that these items will look like clutter to people viewing your house. Too many family photos can also make it difficult for viewers to imagine themselves living there. At the same time, you want your home to appear as personal and lived in, not sterile and cold.
The best way to strike a balance is to pack away your kitsch and replace it with neutral décor, with a few items such as a vase, a candle, and coffee table book. You should also pack away the majority of your family photos, leaving out just a few of your favourites.
Most of us have items in our home that are far too large for the room they’re in. It could be a big, squishy arm chair or an antique sideboard passed down through the family. It’s likely you’re attached to the item, though you don’t have to actually get rid of it.
The problem with items like these is that they can overpower a room and make it seem smaller than it actually is, which can put off potential buyers. That’s why items such as these are ideal for putting into storage, because they will be out of the way while your house is being viewed, but you can still use them when you move to your new home.
If you’re short on storage space in your home, or if you lack a shed or garage, you’re probably forced to keep things inside your home that don’t really belong inside. Large items like bicycles, other exercise equipment, or toolboxes are perfect examples of items you typically wouldn’t keep in your home if you had a better place to store them.
Keeping items like these can make your house seem very disorganised and will highlight the fact that you don’t have enough storage in the home. That’s why it’s best to pack these items away in storage while your house is on the market.
Children’s toys can take up a lot of space and they can make a home look cluttered and disorganised. While it’s not possible to put all of your child’s toys in storage while you’re trying to sell your house, you should definitely pack some of them away. Larger items like play kitchens, dolls houses, trikes and tepees take up a lot of space and draw a lot of attention, so it’s best to put things like this in storage.
If you are fortunate enough to have a garage or shed on your property, you’ll want to make sure you’re showing them to their greatest potential. Potential buyers often view garages and sheds as a huge bonus, so it would be a shame to have yours looking dirty, cluttered and overstuffed. For the shed, try and make sure you keep only the basics in there, such as the lawn mower and garden tools.
In the garage, you want to show that there is actually enough room in there to park a car. So pack away any unnecessary boxes, holiday decorations, camping equipment in a storage unit and show off just how much room your home has to offer to potential buyers.