Besides location, price, and job opportunities in the local area, the physical condition and decor of your home is a major factor in ensuring a successful sale of your property – and it’s the one element that you can take complete control of.
Presenting your home as a desirable prospect for would-be buyers is rather like setting the stage for a theater or movie production – which is why they call it staging.
The “makeup department” (repainting or repairing stuff that’s broken or loose) will add the finishing touches. But before you get to that stage, you’ll be looking to impress people with the amount of space available in the house – with possibilities for new owners to do with as they please.
Home Staging Tip #1 – Begin By Decluttering
To free up more space for impressing potential buyers, you should start by removing items that detract from the spaciousness of your living room, family room and bedrooms – and the amount of storage space available within the house, in closets, the attic, your basement, and the garage. Items to consider would include:
- Excess furniture
- Toys and games
- Personal collections
- Boxes of assorted stuff
Home Staging Tip #2 – Clear the Curb
Vehicles, trailers, boats, and large pieces of outdoor or garage equipment will detract from the appeal of your home’s exterior, so these should be hidden away or moved off-site, as well.
If you rent a self-storage unit, you’ll have a secure and sheltered place for all the loose items and furniture that you temporarily remove to emphasize your free space. There are self-storage facilities that will let you store your vehicles, as well.
Home Staging Tip #3 – Repair and Repaint
Any outstanding repairs or replacements should be done before putting your home on display. As part of the staging process, it’s also worth considering a fresh lick of paint – and keep in mind that neutral tones and lighter colors play best.
Home Staging Tip #4 – Photograph and Display
Finally, it’s a good idea to take some photographs of your home (inside and out), for display online and in printed brochures.
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If you choose to stage your home for sale and use self-storage as part of the process, you will want to be sure that the items you’ve moved remain safe from theft, pests or rodents, and damage due to environmental factors such as fire, flooding, storms, and lightning.
In terms of pricing, coverage, convenience, and reliability, the SnapNsure™ Contents Program is the best choice you can make, to address all of these concerns. Coverage plans range from a minimum of $2,000 up to a maximum of $25,000 of coverage per unit.
Coverage will renew every month upon payment of your storage rental costs and your SnapNsure™ program fee. It starts as soon as your completed application is received electronically at the SnapNsure™ website – so you can even purchase coverage by mobile phone as you’re signing the storage facility’s rental contract.
And the coverage you’ll get with SnapNsure™ is comprehensive, allowing you to add specific incidents coverage for Named Storms, Flood, Rodent, and Earthquake. SnapNsure™ is the only company in the U.S. offering all of these coverages together – and the only company offering Named Storm coverage for self-storage, at all.
SnapNsure™ is underwritten by The Hanover Insurance Group – the holding company for one of the largest, admitted insurance carrier’s in the United States.
It simply makes sense to get the coverage you need from SnapNsure™.