Home Staging Tips- Where To Put Everything When Selling Your Home

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Ok...I’ve edited my stuff...now what am I supposed to do with everything?

 

If you’re thinking of selling your home, everyone from your agent, neighbor, friend, relative, home stager and the UPS person has told you to get rid of stuff.

That’s really easy for us to say because we’re not the ones having to do it. home staging tips 

So many of my clients have asked me the same question…”Ok, genius want to tell me where I’m supposed to put everything?”  (They’re often smiling when they ask me this but not always!)

The first thing to do is get a plan and enlist everyone in the household to pitch in.

Once you’ve edited what you need, don’t need, will need at your new home but not now, then you have to decide where to put everything.

 

Offsite Storage

There are many self-storage solutions that offer temporary or month to month rentals.  Some 10’x20’ units may rent for under $200 per month.  And there are different sizes that will accommodate your belongings.  

Tips to remember:

Location is key, even in storage units. How much the fees are can depend upon where the facility is located and where your particular unit is.  For example, you could pay more for a first floor location.  

Consider a climate controlled unit.

If all you’re storing is outdoor furniture, you would not have to worry about climate control but that’s probably not the case. Climate controlled units are on the interior and can protect your belongings from dust, dirt and heat and humidity.

Look at it as an investment in getting your home sold.

Would you be willing to spend $200 to get your home sold?  Of course you would.

home staging tipsDonate

The best way to get into the mindset of editing what you have is to think about the people you’d be helping by donating your clothes, furniture, and other items.  

There are numerous organizations that will be more than happy to accept your donations. Here are just a few:

Faith Farm Ministries

AVDA (Aid for Victims of Domestic Abuse)

Habitat for Humanity

Sell It

There are Craigslist and eBay and you can make some extra cash for your move. You do need to do your due diligence first.  If you are not comfortable with this, you can take your items to stores who will sell it for you.

Early Gifts

One of my clients place what she didn’t want on her dining room table and throughout the room and invited her children and family over to take what they wanted. These were treasured items, such as crystal and other collectibles, that she’d been planning on passing down to her children.

Yard Sale

If your community permits these and if you want to organize it, consider a yard sale.
 

Your Garage (a last resort)

If what you have are a few boxes, and if you have room in the garage, you can stack some NEATLY in a corner.

Remember: Your MLS will state that your garage is a 2 or 3 car garage but your Buyers will need to be able to see it!

The Leftovers

There are still items that you’ll need while you’re living in your home and buyers understand that.  What you want to do is keep the principles of staging in mind...allow your buyers to see your space!

You can purchase bins and baskets that you can store under your sinks for personal items.

If you have a three or four bedroom home make sure your buyers can still see that.  This is marketable space and you don’t want your buyers to open the door and see floor to ceiling boxes.

If you’re not sure what can stay and what can go, call Room Service Home Staging and ask for our tailored-for-you Home Staging Consultation.

 

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Kathy

Great tips on what to do with the extra stuff in a home when you list it for sale.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 02, 2016 12:07 PM #53
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Congratulations on earning the gold star feature for an outstanding post.

Good luck and success.

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Sep 02, 2016 12:12 PM #54
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This is a very helpful post for sellers, Kathy. Sellers are always worried about their stuff.

Sep 02, 2016 12:30 PM #55
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I feel like I'm doing it all myself as well. Donate. Gifts. Giveaway. Lol

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Lauren Selinsky 

Sep 02, 2016 03:27 PM #56
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All great reminders. Folks may also want to consider one of the more helpful books on this topic: "Clutter's Last Stand".

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Kathy Streib "The first thing to do is get a plan and enlist everyone in the household to pitch in. Once you’ve edited what you need, don’t need, will need at your new home but not now, then you have to decide where to put everything."

Right on target - and - reblog!

Sep 02, 2016 10:14 PM #58
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It is best to rent a storage unit until the new home is found.

Sep 03, 2016 12:41 AM #59
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While I'm not a fan of clients storing items in the garage, sometimes it just can't be avoided. I would rather they put their belongings in the garage than leave it in the house. Not many people have basements here, so it's pretty typical for owners to leave their cars parked in the driveway to use their garage as storage. Buyers are used to looking around all the stuff left in the garage.

Sep 03, 2016 01:15 AM #60
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Good Morning Kathy - it is never to soon to start that process whether you are moving immediately or not.  You build up "stuff" over time.

Sep 03, 2016 01:50 AM #61
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A well staged home is far better than an empty one or a cluttered one.

Sep 03, 2016 04:06 AM #62
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Great ideas!!!

There are still items that you’ll need while you’re living in your home and buyers understand that.  What you want to do is keep the principles of staging in mind...allow your buyers to see your space!

You can purchase bins and baskets that you can store under your sinks for personal items.

Sep 03, 2016 06:13 AM #63
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Good afternoon Kathy Streib,

Just got back from vacation so catching up reading and commenting. I love this post..really great ideas of what to do with your stuff. When your hme is on the market a well staged home is always the way to present your home in it's very best light!

Sep 03, 2016 07:55 AM #64
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Great advice Kathy! And a Home Owner would do well to prepare their home for going on the market well in advance, so they can accomplish these tasks without stress!

Sep 03, 2016 12:24 PM #65
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Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is great advice to share.

Sep 03, 2016 10:18 PM #66
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Thanks Kathy, that's a real life situation. More often than not, it ends up in the garage for thise who can. Sometimes, that can help too... Hey, they are moving. They see a motivated seller....

Sep 03, 2016 11:56 PM #67
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Great Post and advice!

Sep 04, 2016 09:24 PM #68
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I used to live in Palm beach county, I have a Realtor friend there who inspired me to become one. Still working on getting my first listing. I am sharing your article in facebook.

Sep 05, 2016 09:05 AM #69
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I like how you phrased the storage cost issue. It is easy to cringe at spending hundreds of dollars on storage and the hassle of moving thigns more than once. But it is definitely better than letting a house sit on the market while you make mortgage payments.

Sep 08, 2016 06:42 AM #70
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Great advice.  I am working with a seller now who is working on preparing her home for staging before it goes on the market.  It's great when clients understand that planning in advance (staging and pricing correctly) is a way to minimize the house sitting on the market for a long period of time.

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Excellent post Kathy.  I had missed it and come via Roy Kelly.  I will be doing a post of my own on my personal site with a link to yours.  Declutter is something we can not emphasize enough and with your post the 'how to's ' are made a bit easier.  Mark

In bookmarking found a well deserved 'star' for you!!!   Kudos

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