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With the kids home from school and work schedules more relaxed, summer is undoubtedly one of the best seasons to sell your home. In fact, according to Opendoor, “Homes not only usually sell faster in the spring and summer, they are also more likely to sell at or above the asking price.” While there are benefits to selling during the summer months, there are also various challenges – the main of which being competition. Buyers have countless homes to choose from, so finding ways to help make your home stand out is key.

According to Investopedia, staging your home is an ideal way to help drive foot traffic and offers, as it can, “…increase a home’s selling price and the likelihood that it will sell quickly [as it] helps prospective buyers better imagine how they can use the livable space.” 77% of buyer’s agents agree, with industry analysts finding that, “Staged homes sell faster and for more money than those that are unstaged.” In fact, Pro Tips To Help Your Home Sell Faster, For More Money states that, “A staged home will sell for 17% more on average than a non-staged home, and 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less. That is statistically 87% faster than non-staged homes.”

While most homeowners fully understand that staging their home is integral to selling at or above asking price, they feel overwhelmed by the idea. Moving in and of itself already brings an immeasurable amount of stress and anxiety, with some surveys reporting that moving is “the most stressful life event, with divorce coming in a close second!”

Though moving can be challenging to say the least, staging your home doesn’t have to be. By renting a local self-storage unit to keep furniture and items that have already been packed, families can remain organized, while simultaneously making their home appear more spacious as potential buyers walk through. It is important to note that now, because of COVID-19, numerous home tours are being conducted virtually – so the need for your home to appear clutter-free is truly of the utmost importance!

If cost is an issue, you would be surprised to learn how inexpensive touches can net big results. New lighting, plumbing fixtures, a welcoming lawn, and some fresh paint are all ways to lighten up a space. It is also recommended that family photos and bold decor are removed, opting for a more neutral pallet. This way, the people that are viewing your home can envision themselves living there. Best of all, by keeping your items off site in a self-storage unit, you can make updates (regardless of how big or small) without worrying about damage to your belongings.

Additional moving tips:

Alleviate chaos by clearly marking, coordinating, and storing boxes.

Number and color coordinate each box you pack, keeping a running list on hand so you can track which items are within each box. When your boxes arrive within your new home, you will know which need to be unpacked immediately, and which ones can wait in until later. Plus, if you have a storage unit, you can keep these boxes out of sight until you are ready to tend to them, helping to alleviate mess (and stress)!

• Research movers thoroughly beforehand, obtaining several quotes and sorting through numerous reviews.

Moving companies are notorious for offering an initial low price and then increasing it just before unloading your items, which is why it is essential to obtain numerous, written quotes. Remember: the quality of the service you receive is far more important than the price tag, so ask around and do your due diligence to ensure you are working with a company that is professional.

Update your billing address, paperwork, and mail in advance.

List out your financial institutions, utility companies, schools, employers, medical providers, etc… speaking with them several weeks beforehand to coordinate your move. Best of all, the USPS website allows you to update your mailing address online, so that any mail sent to your old address will be forwarded (for up to one year).

Actress Jodie Foster once said, “It’s very hard for me to get a new car. It’s really hard for me to get a new house. It’s really hard for me to move on from the things that give me stability.” And most Americans can agree! But, by renting a self-storage unit to stage your home and remaining proactive through research and preparation, you can help make your move and easy one.

Wishing you a successful summer move!