How to Declutter Your Home Without Making it Unlivable

Image of super messy home that needs to be decluttered. Decluttering your home maximizes your sale price.

Do you know how much value you can add to your home by using a portable storage or moving container to organize your belongings? Read on to find out how to add $$$ to your home’s sale price.

Are clutter and personal items affecting your chances of selling your home for the best possible price? Would you stand a better chance of getting your full asking price, or more, if you decluttered and depersonalized your home? Are portable storage or moving containers the answer to successful decluttering? The answer to all those questions is a resounding YES and here’s why:

Clutter clutters buyers’ minds

Remember, selling your home is all about your potential buyers. They don’t care about you OR your pets OR your hobbies OR your beliefs – they care about whether your home is RIGHT for them. If your home is cluttered with too many personal belongings, buyers will have difficulty imagining themselves living there, because all they can see is you.  

Now, we aren’t telling you to erase your life from your home – it’s your home – you need to be able to live there until you find a buyer, right? However, getting rid of unnecessary clutter, depersonalizing and organizing your home will help you achieve your full asking price. It will also make moving house much easier for you too!

Storage and moving containers are a declutterer’s dream as you can keep your belongings safe, secure and within easy reach, but out of your newly staged house that is all set to WOW buyers.

How much decluttering is enough?

That really depends on the state of your house. What we’d suggest is that you get some honest opinions from family and friends, because, truth-be-told, we all start to see past the clutter in our own homes.

Look at both the inside and outside, as curb appeal is important too. You only get one chance to make a great first impression guys. If you’ve already had a Buddy Box portable moving container delivered, great! That will give people the impression that you have plenty of interest from buyers and are likely to be on the move soon, which translates into a sense of urgency that if they want your home, they’d better act fast!

You should be aiming for show home quality when staging your home:

  1. Clear clutter away: You’ll want to clear out some clutter and store the rest away. Order a skip and a Buddy Box moving container to get you organized and your home in a beautifully decluttered state that buyers will love.
  2. Clean like you’ve never cleaned before: Buyers notice everything, so your home should be sparkling clean before all viewings – without exception. Cleaning won’t cost you a bean either – just a bit of elbow grease.
  3. Tidy up outside: Don’t forget the outside of your property. Make sure your windows are gleaming and your entrance welcoming. Anything that shouldn’t be on display should go right into your portable storage container or skip.
  4. Keep your style restrained: Remember, it’s all about the buyers and the extra dollars on the sale price of your home. Stage your home, so that it has mass appeal and store the stylish pieces that you love in your moving container. There’ll be plenty of time for you to put your stamp on your new home and if you stage your current home well, you’ll probably have some extra cash to splash out on your new place too.
  5. Make your home welcoming: Clean, organized and depersonalized are all very well, but don’t take it to the extreme. No one wants to live in a hospital, so aim to create a warm welcoming ambiance with luxurious soft furnishings, tasteful decoration and clever lighting.
  6. Help buyers’ imaginations: We know this one may be a little hard to live with, but it works. Give your buyers the lifestyle they are looking for. Set your dining room table, make up your bed beautifully, place some interesting magazines on your coffee table, etc. Your hard work really will make a difference to your sale. If you want to add an extra personal touch, simply go grab something lovely from your moving container. Don’t forget to stage the outdoors too.

If you want to add thousands of dollars to your sale price, you need to think LIFESTYLE. Really sell your home to buyers by decluttering and staging the lifestyle people want to live. Your lifestyle won’t be lost as the beauty of Buddy Box portable moving containers is that they sit on your driveway or at the curb for however long you need them. If you need something that has already been packed, open up the container to get it. It’s that simple!

For more information or to request a quote for BuddyBox portable storage containers, please give us a call on (+1) 844-BUDDYBOX or send an email to buddy@buddyboxstorage.com.

How Portable Storage Containers Can Help You Declutter

Spider diagram that will help you decide whether to keep or throw clutter.

Whatever your reasons for decluttering your home, portable storage containers are the perfect solution.

Most of us have quite a lot of excess stuff lying around the house that we only use once or twice a year, seasonally or, more often than not, not at all. But here’s the thing, our homes shouldn’t act as storage containers. Homes should be functional, comfortable and a pleasure to live in, but if you let our belongings take over and never declutter, your home will take on a life of its own.

Helping people stay in control of their homes is why portable storage containers were invented. Whether you are trying to sell your house, move to a new home or just banish the clutter, a secure storage container that’s placed on your driveway or at the curb can help control the clutter and keep your belongings safe and organized. So, let’s take a quick look at how a portable storage or moving container will take the stress out of storage and moving.

Stage that house

When you need to sell your house, removing clutter is essential. Let house buyers see your home at its absolute best, not at its disorganized worst. Renting a portable storage container from BuddyBox will help you to organize your clutter and keep it out of the house you want to sell. Decide which clutter you want to keep and which you never use again. Throw or give away anything that you don’t need.

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling your home and have a massive impact on the number of offers you receive and the offers you receive. So if you want a full price offer and a quick sale, declutter before you open your home to potential buyers. You want to present a clean, well-kept residence to the people who may potentially buy your home. The great news is that removing clutter will make your property look bigger, cleaner and well cared for – all important boxes to check for property buyers.

Organized, efficient, easy home moves

Portable moving containers do so much more than just helping you to declutter your home while you try to sell it. They are a safe, easy way to pack up at your old home and transport your belongings to your new home. Where you can unpack at your leisure.

When you move to your new home, make it easy to unpack by storing your things in the portable moving container until you are ready to unpack. An excellent tip from pro packers is to sort your items by category (i.e. books, clothes, games, toys, CDs, etc.) so you know what’s in each box and container. That way there are no surprises when you get to your new home.

Declutter your life

If you simply just have too much stuff then it’s time to declutter your life. This involves more than packing things up in portable storage bins though. That works great for seasonal stuff like clothes or holiday decorations, but if you haven’t used an item in the last six months or year, it’s unlikely you will use it in the future. Donate it or toss it. You will be amazed how much stuff you’ve amassed that you don’t need. Life will be much simpler and more enjoyable when you get rid of all that extra junk!

Remember that moving containers are not just great for moving; they make great storage containers for stuff that you only use occasionally. Are you ready to start organizing your clutter and simplifying your life?

For more information or to request a quote for BuddyBox portable storage containers, please give us a call on (+1) 844-BUDDYBOX or send an email to buddy@buddyboxstorage.com.

BuddyBox FAQs: Portable Moving Containers

Buddy Box FAQ - What are Portable Moving Containers?

We know you have questions about portable moving containers, so we’ve put together this handy BuddyBox guide with the answers you need!

If you are new to the world of portable storage or moving containers, you will definitely have lots of questions about how BuddyBox containers work, where you can put them and what you can put in them. That’s why the BuddyBox Team has created a pretty comprehensive list – if we do say so ourselves –  of the most common questions our clients ask, before, during and after they rent a moving container from us. We hope you’ll find the answer you are looking for here, but if not, please get in touch!

Where will my BuddyBox moving container be placed?

Basically, that’s up to you (as long as we can easily access your preferred location, that is). Most of our clients choose to have us place their BuddyBoxes on their driveways, but if there isn’t enough space or if you just prefer us to leave your moving container at the curb, we can do that too. Always keep in mind that you need easy access to your moving container. Try to avoid placing it too far from the entrance to your home or garage for ease of loading.

How can I lock my BuddyBoxes?

Keeping your BuddyBox secure is essential and you will be the only one with a key to the lock. We recommend that you purchase a strong padlock, to keep your moving container as secure as possible.

Are my belongings covered by my home insurance?

Your homeowner insurance will usually cover any belongings that are stored in your BuddyBox moving container, as long as it is situated on your property. However, we can’t guarantee that, so we would advise you to check that your policy covers you.   

I want to move my BuddyBox. Can I?

We strongly recommend that you are at home when the BuddyBox Team delivers your portable storage containers, so that you can tell us exactly where to place your containers.  Moving the containers to a different location on your property after delivery incurs an extra charge, so better to get it right first time.

Are BuddyBoxes waterproof?

Yes, they are. BuddyBoxes are completely waterproof, so even if it rains, your belongings will stay dry.

Which areas do you cover?

If you want to move to or from Limestone, Morgan and Madison, BuddyBox is here to help you move hassle-free!

 

For more information or to request a quote for BuddyBox portable storage containers, please give us a call on (+1) 844-BUDDYBOX or send an email to buddy@buddyboxstorage.com.