But Where Should I Put All My Stuff?

Real Estate Agent with William Raveis Real Estate

One of the tips we Realtors give our clients about selling their house is this:

De-Clutter De-Clutter De-Clutter The simple fact is this – rooms look bigger with less stuff in them.

* The photo array of your family tree on the wall (you know – on that wall under the stairs heading from the front door to the kitchen) has great sentimental value to you and yours. To a prospective buyer it is just a distraction. It’s better to have just a few photos to accent the wall rather than to blanket it.

* Your wine bottle collection (model car collection, cork collection, mug collection, etc) can take away from the beauty of the built-in shelves in your living room.

* It’s great to keep the spare bedrooms furnished for your grown kids and grand-kids who visit. The 4 poster bed, triple dresser and wardrobe may have a great, homey feel to them but they do make the room look a little smaller. Get the point? Some of your stuff has to go.

Sounds like a monumental and highly emotional undertaking to have to get rid of things that have great value but there’s a simple solution.

Remember, the goal of selling is to move. You are going to have to pack ALL your things at some point, so why not get some of packed up now, make your house look bigger and ultimately have less to pack when the day does arrive. So go through the house, pick out some things that will make a difference (I’m not suggesting that you empty the place – you do still live there) and put them in a self-storage facility.

When Shereen and I moved in 2007 we managed to empty out quite a bit of stuff and kept it in storage for a few months. I can’t remember exactly but the whole cost of it was well under $1,000. When we sold and moved, we simply had the moving truck make a second stop at the storage place and pick up the stuff and we were on our way.

Make sure to check the place out to make sure you are comfortable with it. Many facilities have climate control and the ones I have seen are typically very clean and secure.

If you're selling a home in Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown or New Milford CT, here is a list of some places in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield area. There are likely some others but this will give you a place to start.


Western CT Self Storage Facilities

Comments (2)

Corey Chase
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID

People do forget on how much people gather in the years of being in their home.

Mar 11, 2010 03:56 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

De-cluttering is so key, but also so hard, for many sellers.  It's a great idea to put some things in storage and make the home look larger for the potential buyers.

Mar 11, 2010 04:51 AM