Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Preparing to Sell Your Home This Summer? Tips from Your Local Storage Company near Orinda

Preparing to Sell Your Home This Summer?

Tips from Your Local Storage Company near Orinda


Selling your home is an “event” with all the elements of excitement, drama, surprises, action and stress. Whether you are in the process of purchasing another home in Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Contra Costa County, or you are moving out of California, selling your current home is the first big challenge.

Putting a home up for sale requires careful planning and a sensible workflow. While you are cleaning up and getting ready for all the showings and open houses, you may be wondering if you should clear out the place entirely or just de-clutter. To help answer that question and get you better prepared for the selling process, here are a few tips from your local storage company in Orinda.

  • Clean out the garage. Items that take up space and that you don’t need right now can make the garage seem smaller - such as your Christmas and Halloween decorations. Pack up these items and move them to a rental storage unit so that your prospective buyers can see how spacious the garage is. While it can be tempting, do not move unwanted furniture or décor items from the house into the garage. A potential buyer needs to be able to picture parking their car inside. 
  • Get rid of bulky furniture items. Bulky and large furniture, and home décor items such as statues or faux house plants should ideally be removed from your house before the showings. These take away square footage and make the interior of your house look smaller. It’s easy to save these in a storage unit until you are ready to settle into your new home.
  • Pack up seasonal clothes. Go through all the closets, including your hall closets, and pack up seasonal clothing items you do not need. For example, during summer months, winter coats, boots and other cold weather items can be packed into storage so that closets look tidy and uncluttered.
  • Do not forget lawn items. Lawn ornaments and excess patio furniture can be put into storage too. These can make your yard and patio areas look cramped or untidy by cluttering and taking up too much space. Just leave a few chairs on the back patio, but remove side tables, ice chests and any other non-essentials.
Selling your home is a difficult task and the unpredictable housing market makes it even more stressful. But by “Showcasing” your home, making it look bright, clean and spacious, you will make it more attractive to potential buyers. You may be able to reduce the period of time that your home stays on the market so you can move on to bigger and better things sooner than you thought!

Call 5A Rent-A-Space, your storage company in Orinda area, at (925) 631-7000 to learn about our storage units. Read our FAQs to learn more about self-storage. You can reserve your unit online now. Not sure how much space you need? Feel free to use our online space calculator tool.

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