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Should I Put My Things in Storage While I Sell My House?

If you’re getting ready to sell your house, you might have one big question: What do you do with all of your belongings? You probably realize that a cluttered home does not attract buyers. They need to be able to visualize their ideal life in your home—and their ideal life likely does not include excess “stuff”!

At MarketPro Homebuyers, we buy houses in Virginia and we know the real estate market and what homes need to sell. We’d like to share some tips on dealing with your things as you navigate the sales process:

Start with decluttering:

If you’ve been practicing minimalism and actively decluttering on a regular basis, you may be able to skip this step. If you’re like most of us, this step is probably essential.

We recommend you begin with getting rid of anything you won’t need in your new home. Sell or donate things that are in good condition, recycle what you can, and throw away what you must. Once you’re done with this, evaluate how much you have left.

If you still have more “stuff” than is ideal for selling your home, and the cost is not an issue, putting your things in storage is an excellent investment. Clearing up your home will make it look more spacious and will make your storage look larger. Getting storage can help your home look its best!

Here’s how to go about putting your things into storage:

Choose your type of storage:

Though specifics vary by company, most storage solutions fit in one of these three categories:

  • Local storage unit—you move your belongings into storage at a facility and then move them into your new home whenever you’re ready.
  • Portable storage unit—these are delivered to your current home. You can take as much time as you need to pack them, and then the company moves them either to their storage facility or straight to your new home.
  • Full-service storage company—these companies come and get your belongings. Some even pack for you. They then take your things to their facility, and bring them to your new home when you’re ready.

Consider these three options and choose the one that fits your budget, timeline, and storage needs best. Remember, we buy houses in Virginia and have helped our clients with one or more of these options. When you work with us, we can take care of moving and packing expenses. Something to consider when you move to the next big decision…

Decide what to put into storage:

As a general rule, you want to store things you don’t use often or won’t need until you’re in your new home. This might include:

  • Vehicles (not your daily driver, of course—think antique)
  • Outdoor “toys” (motorcycles, boats, bikes, sleds)
  • Sports and adventure gear (camping supplies, golf clubs, baseball equipment)
  • Furniture (an extra bedroom set or a desk you were using as a home office)
  • Small appliances (air fryer, pressure cooker, popcorn machine)
  • Clothes and shoes (anything off-season)
  • Books and papers (keep some books for decorating)
  • Sentimental items (photos, religious items, awards)

Of course, you should avoid storing anything you use very often or anything you might need for last-minute staging.

Sell to MarketPro Homebuyers

If you’d rather not worry about dealing with your extra belongings or paying for storage, there’s an easier way to sell your home.

At MarketPro Homebuyers, we buy homes in Virginia for cash. We’ll give you a fast and fair cash offer for your current home just as it is now; no repairs, no inspection, no commissions or fees, and no need to store your belongings! Our team will walk you through your quote, including a review of what your home would likely bring on the open market. We can also cover packing, moving, or storage costs!

If you’re in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, or Pennsylvania, we’d love to show you how easy and stress-free the sales process can be. Contact us today for a same-day, no-pressure quote.

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