Last week, we celebrated ET Speaks From Home’s 6th Blognniversary and also mentioned that I will be slow down on blogging for a while. The reason is we are looking at moving home soon! One of the things we did was to declutter and stage the house for sale!
To be frank, our house was in a mess. Living in our current house for 10 years, we have filled the place with so many memories but we have also accumulated a lot of junk! We frequently tripped over McDonald’s Happy Meal toys and pass mountains of board games piled up on top of the shelves! On top of that, there were so many kitchen gadgets scattered everywhere collecting dust. It definitely needed a tidy up from the ground up to prepare the house for selling. Here are a few ideas on what to do with your clutter:
A better use of loft space/garage
From a buyer’s perspective, I would always want to be able to see the amount of space we would get when we buy a house. It is best to clean and clear the junk up into your loft and/or garage. These will provide good hiding places to store items that you will be using frequently for the next six months while selling! Selling house can be so daunting and often takes months! However, try to limit the amount of junk in your attic or garage!
Hire a skip!
We hired a midi-size skip through our local skip company. It is always best to hire from a reliable and reputable company. The last thing you want is to hire ‘man with a van’ and get fined by your council for fly-tipping! We filled our skip full to the brim! It was unbelievable!
Ask Family & Friends to help!
We really struggled with asking for help with storage through family and friends but if you do have family members, friends or even next door neighbours willing to help, that would be a bonus! We didn’t get much help from my husband’s relatives as they have homes that could do with a declutter too. But we did manage to pass a few heavy and bulky items to them, like the ironing board and portable radiators for them to use and keep.
Hire a Storage Unit
If you don’t want to get rid of things permanently, storage can be the ideal solution. A good way to store belongings is to start packing up items that are not needed for this home, and store boxes neatly in a storage rental building. This process will clear up, open and appealing viewing space for homebuyers to see. For peace of mind and the safety of valuable possessions, choose a storage building that offers secure self-storage options, such as CCTV surveillance, gated entry, and individual alarm systems.
We have so many photos albums, movie mementoes and all sorts of items that can be stored in storage units until we move into our new home! In fact, I have bought a lot of 80-litre plastic boxes from Plastic Box and now I am getting ready to have it packed and shipped to a storage unit soon. If you are an account holder with Topcashback, then it is worth clicking through their link to earn cash back!
If you live in London or Thames Valleys, why not want to try out Shurgard. If you are not sure what size of storage unit you need to hire, then you should try out their ruler ‘Calculate the size you need’. It gives you a clear picture of the amount area you require! You can also do a virtual tour to check out their facility.
Do remember that people do buy into your lifestyle and keeping it clear and clean will definitely help to sell the house more quickly!
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