When you start thinking about buying a new house, the list of things you need to consider can be overwhelming. How do I find a realtor? Where do I look for my new house? How do I sell my old house? Do I need a moving company? Do I need a storage unit?
Okay, that last one probably wasn’t at the top of you list, but you might want to add it.
Do I need a storage unit for staging?
When you are selling a house, whether it’s to move into a bigger home to raise your children or downsizing as you get older, you’ll likely be trying to sell the home where you are currently living. Unless you are very unusual, one of the first pieces of advice from your real estate agent is going to be staging the house for sale.
Staging your home is the process of making it look most appealing to potential buyers. For some people that’s just a matter of taking down some family photos or adding a fresh coat of paint. But for many homes, that means getting rid of the extra stuff so that you emphasize the size of the house.
Whether it’s a few extra toys, your husband’s tool collection or all the extra gadgets that fill the kitchen and the pantry, staging your home usually means taking things out of the house. And since you want to sell the garage and any out buildings along with the house, you probably shouldn’t fill them with boxes.
So what do you do with your stuff while you are staging for photos or hosting open houses?
That’s when you need a storage unit.
A small storage unit to hide away the things that are precious to you, but look like clutter to the new buyer, is a good investment that might even be considered part of your selling expenses. Just be sure to check with your real estate agent or tax advisor.
Do I need a storage unit for packing?
The last time I moved, the first room we packed was the spare bedroom. Then, all the boxes we were packing could be piled in the extra room. No tripping over boxes while we tried to pack. And it was a lot less stressful to not have to look at boxes when we finally had a chance to relax at the end of the day.
But the reality is if you are moving, especially if you are moving to something bigger, you might not have a spare room to put all those extra boxes in.
That’s when it can be nice to have an offsite storage unit.
If you are going to have more than a few weeks between listing your home and closing on the new one, taking your packed boxes to a storage unit can help you get a jump of sorting through things before ethe big move and reduce the time you need to spend later.
And if you are hiring professional movers, anything already in a box is one less thing they are going to charge you to pack.
So if you are moving in the Audubon or Collegeville area, or just across the road here in Phoenixville, a storage unit might make the process easier. Thinking about it? Contact us to see if we have storage that can make your move easier and less stressful.