If you’re selling your home, your Realtor® has probably already discussed home staging with you—at least the basics.
However, in order for you to properly stage your home (short of hiring a professional home stager, that is), you need to start by removing the excess. In some cases, that means renting a storage unit and putting some of your furniture away until you move.
So should you take furniture out of your home when you’re staging?
Home Staging Basics
You need to stage your home so buyers can envision themselves in your space. Ideally, you’ll have just enough furniture and décor in each room to give it a purpose (you want people to visualize a home office, a bedroom, and other spaces for what they are—or be able to reimagine them as other purposeful rooms that they’ll actually use).
One of the first things on your to-do list should be to remove personal or eclectic décor. It’s fine if you have a unique style—but remember that your home needs to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible if you want to sell it quickly and at the right price.
What to Remove From Your Home
If you have a cozy recliner that doesn’t match your other furnishings (or your décor), move it to storage. The same goes for décor that’s too bold, items that are highly personal, or items that don’t present a streamlined, cohesive look. Anything that could potentially alienate buyers should go, and that requires you to be completely honest with yourself (and it’s not easy!).
How to Choose a Storage Facility
One of the upsides of finding a storage facility and keeping things in it before you move is that it will force you to get a head-start on your packing. You’ll be able to put away things you don’t use very often, and your home will look more well-organized and roomy than it does when everything’s inside.
When you’re looking at storage facilities, cost will be a factor—but you should also check for:
- Security measures, such as video surveillance or physically present guards
- Fire prevention equipment
- Night lighting
- 24-hour access for customers
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