A great tip for home sellers from Kathy. This was something I didn't know existed:
Home Staging Tip...What to Do with Your Extras When You Prepare Your Home for Sale.
No doubt this is one of the first tasks you were given by your agent and home stager.
There are several things you can do but piling boxes and furniture in the spare bedroom or garage is not the answer.
Your buyers need to see the space. They need to not be distracted by boxes, bags, art, etc piled in a room.
Recently while on a neighborhood walk, I came across a relatively inexpensive solution...U-Haul U-Box Containers.
You can have the U-Box Containers delivered to your home then pack them yourselves. U-Haul will pick them up when you call them and store them in their warehouse or ship them to where you are moving.
I spoke with Ursula, who was retrieving 5 containers from one of our neighbors who is moving out of state.
You can go to the website but roughly, each U-Box Container can hold up to 2000 pounds and has an internal dimension of 95”x56”x83.5”. Per the website, each U-Box Container can hold about 1 ½ rooms of household items.
Per Ursula, each container costs about $79.99 per month to rent.
So all of the books and artifacts that you’ve removed and packed up...all of the extra clothes that you had stuffed in your closets…all of the Christmas decorations that have been in a corner of your garage...all of the toys that aren’t being played with….the extra chair that was eating up space in your family room but will be needed in the new house...can be packed and stored by you.
You’ll want to make sure that you don’t leave them in your driveway once they’re packed. While there is a waterproof top on the container, it is not meant to be left outside for extended periods. (The neighbor I met had hers sitting in her driveway for a week. During that time it had rained and when she checked everything was dry.)
Check out your local moving and storage companies and see what they have to offer. It is well worth the investment in getting your house sold so you can move on to your new home.