When you are looking to buy a new home, you want to walk through the house or condo and be to visualize yourself inside it. You think about where your things will go, and how you’ll decorate it. In other words, you want to see if it “feels like home.” The same goes for the buyers who will be walking through your home when you’re ready to sell.
As we know this visualization process is so important in selling a home, so it’s important to get this part right. When you get your home ready for viewing, clutter is the number one thing that will keep others from seeing themselves in it. Luckily for you, we have a fix that is not only going to help you when laying out your next new space, but it can also help you sell your current home much faster.
The fix: Minimize clutter in your home and only leave your basics.
- Keep items off your counters and tables, and try keeping essentials in drawers.
- Remove your personal photos from the walls and get them packed into boxes right away.
- Eliminate excess furniture and anything else that could make a room appear smaller.
- Remove any pieces that aren’t neutral in tone, as bright colors and the buyer’s personal style and items can clash.
- Consult with your realtor when thinking about what to leave, and what can be packed away for now while selling.
To help you decide on what to store away and other downsizing tops, download and read our exclusive decluttering guide.
The next step is to get yourself a storage unit near your property to easily make trips to and from the unit. You’ll need to get yourself a spot to move your things out of sight, and into safekeeping.
Think about the number of items you plan to move into storage and consider the space you will need to accommodate them. Most storage units break down storage size by square feet. For example, a garage-size unit is about 10×25 feet. This is a good rule of thumb for storing multiple large pieces of furniture with space for boxes and other items.
Below is a list of storage facilities in or near Evanston to help you get started:
2484 Oakton St, Evanston, IL 60202
CubeSmart Self Storage
3526 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076
Daze Depot LLC (summer storage for NU students)
2113 Greenleaf St, Evanston, IL, 60202
Extra Space Storage
7540 McCormick Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076
2020 Greenwood St, Evanston, IL 60201
Metro Self Storage – Skokie
3220 W Touhy Ave, Skokie, IL 60076
2050 Green Bay Rd, Evanston, IL 60201
8050 N McCormick Blvd, Skokie, IL 60076
5830 W Howard St, Skokie, IL 60077
8220 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077
The Lock Up Self Storage
5250 Golf Road Skokie, IL 60077
U-Haul Moving & Storage
2125 Dempster St, Evanston, IL 60201