If you are trying to sell your home, a common piece of advice you’re likely to hear is that you should get a storage unit. There’s a lot of advice that floats around about how to make your home more likely to sell, such as the tip that the smell of baked goods in your kitchen will make the house more appealing to buyers, and it can be difficult to tell genuinely useful advice from plain superstition. We at Thornburg & Associates, Inc. have extensive experience in the real estate industry, and we can testify that there are good reasons for the storage unit tip, and we’ll be going over some of them in this article.
- Remove Personal Touches- When trying to sell your home, it’s a good idea to remove personal items such as family photos or distinctive heirlooms. Potential buyers want to be able to envision their own lives and belongings in this space, and it becomes harder to do that if the property still has the fingerprints of its current owners all over the place. A storage unit gives you a safe place to store these treasures while showing your property to buyers, without having to clutter up your closets with them.
- Make the House Seem Bigger- Another reason that realtors, like our team at Thornburg & Associates, Inc., recommend using storage units to sell your home is that removing some of your stuff makes the house seem bigger. A general rule is to remove about a quarter to a third of your possessions in order to make the rooms seem more spacious and, therefore, more appealing. Having a storage unit gives you a way to store these items while still being able to access them if necessary.
- Make Moving Easier- While this last reason doesn’t necessarily help your house sell faster, we at Thornburg & Associates, Inc. still recommend it because it will help streamline the moving process once it does. If you already have a portion of your belongings in a storage unit, you’ll have less to move to your new home. You’ll also have a safe place to store your valuables, so they don’t get damaged during the moving process. You can simply retrieve them in person when you are ready.