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Home selling tips for handling storage while staging

Tips for Handling Storage While Staging

A well-staged home is a sight to behold. We walk between the perfectly laid out furniture and marvel at the elegance and simplicity. Or, rather, we don’t marvel at this because we don’t notice it much. Which is the point. The primary goal of home staging is to create an environment that is welcoming, cozy, home-like and completely ambient. Which means that it carries with it very little personality of the people actually living in the home at the time when the home is sold.

If you are a homeowner looking to sell, then you are likely in a position where the staging of your home is a priority. While the end result is a lovely setting through which potential buyers can wander and imagine themselves, the path to this result is neither clear nor easy. When one walks through a staged home the one thing that does not emerge is personality. This means that for a while, during a period of time when you might even be living there, the interior of your home might be devoid of all the things that make it yours. It is highly probable that these things do not make a small pile. It is, therefore, very possible that you are facing the issue of just what to do with this pile while you are waiting to move somewhere else.

The best-case scenario is that you’ve already bought a new place and can simply move it there, but most people are not in this luxurious position. The conversation then begins to focus on alternatives.

Storage Units

Not the most cost-effective, but definitely a way to move all non-essentials from the home and into another space for a limited period of time. Storage units have the added bonus of ensuring that all areas of the house can be safely explored by prospective buyers, from the living room to the basement.


While it is a hassle to get things up there and a hassle to get them down, attics do provide immediate storage in an area not likely to receive much scrutiny when the time comes for an open house.


Like attics, basements create some transportational difficulties, although often at a lesser degree. Unfortunately, they are also an area definitely included on the home tour, so things like boxes and totes will hamper – albeit in a limited way – the vision of prospective buyers. Basements also pose the risk of flooding, which means that your belongings might be in harm’s way unless properly secured.


Easiest when it comes to accessibility, garage storage also suffers from the same drawbacks as basements when it comes to visibility as well as exposure to the elements. Still, if you have the garage as an option then it might be your best alternative to a storage unit as it frees up the entire home without the stress of navigating creaky attic stairs.

If you chose the route of the attic, basement, or garage, be sure to let all prospective buyers know that, yes, you have found yourself needing to store some belongings for the time being, but that they will all certainly be absent from the home at the time of the sale.

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