New Baby: Self Storage to the Rescue

Congratulations, you’re expecting a new baby! How exciting. Whether this is your first or your third, you have so many things to think about: naming the baby without offending a family member, having a gender reveal (which, if you have older children will surely send one of them into a tantrum), researching the safest car seat (they change every season and if you don’t buy the newest, most expensive model you may be risking your child’s life every time you drive to the corner drugstore), and about a million other issues 

Read below for some tips on how to tackle the most important concerns on your list. You can leave the other 999,990 for later.

Choose Your Self Storage Unit

Once you’ve decided on a room for baby, the hardest part is trying to figure out what stays and what goes. Considering that this tiny human will need more furnishings, supplies, and accessories than NASA getting ready to send a couple of astronauts to the space station, you’re going to have to clean out the room. You’re going to need a secure, convenient, affordable storage unit for a roomful of furniture, as well as other miscellaneous junk.

Look for a local facility that has drive-up access. This will not only make it easy to store large,cumbersome items, but convenient when you need to retrieve something from your unit.

Decide What to Keep, What to Store, and What to Scrap

As mentioned above, this is the hardest part. Depending on whether this room is being used for exercise equipment, a guest room, or junk storage, it’s time to take a look at each piece with an unbiased eye. Ask yourself how often these pieces are being used. Are you exercising on that treadmill or using it as a “last stop before the closet” clothing rack? Do you really have that many guests, or are you just hoping someone will visit (or not)? Does the junk give you joy – as in the KonMari method – or is it time to thank it and throw it away?

Remember, self storage gives you options. You don’t have to throw anything away (in spite of Marie Kondo). With self storage you can keep everything and decide what to dispose of later. And, if you miss your junk, you can visit with it any time.

Get the Nursery Ready 

Now that the room is empty, you can spend a fortune getting it ready. Maybe you need some new carpet and a fresh coat of paint or a cute nursery-themed wallpaper. Then, of course, we have baby furniture and necessities. Check out this link to 56 (yes, I said 56)  baby essentials. Along with the bassinet, crib, changing table, lamps, stuffed animals, and wall decor, don’t forget the rocking chair with matching ottoman for you, and lots and lots and lots of diapers.

Additional Uses for Self Storage

You will plenty of clothing that won’t fit the baby for a year or two. Doting grandparents and friends will shower you with toys and gifts that won’t be useful for a while. Your space will be limited, especially if this isn’t your first child, and self storage will be a life saver. Remember to store everything for easy access, mark the boxes, and leave space to move around in your unit.

Another consideration is safety. You need to get down to the business of baby proofing your home. Store Great Aunt Harriet’s antique Limoges vase and any other heirlooms and delicate items. If you have coffee and end tables with glass tops or sharp pointed edges, they may need to be put in storage for the time being. As your little one grows and starts to crawl, you’ll need lots of open space for safety and exercise; you may need to store less sturdy pieces, like magazine racks or unstable shelves. You don’t want them to fall over and cause injury.

Enjoy Your Baby

Now that you have everything in order, and all your rubber duckies in a row, you can relax. Ha! Just kidding. It will be a very long time before that happens. Enjoy your new life; and, someday, you’ll be able to get all of those things out of storage.

Self Storage: The Secret Weapon to Staging Your House on a Budget

Selling your home is stressful on so many levels: it’s emotional, bewildering, and expensive. Whether you’re selling your home for the  first time or your tenth time, it’s never easy. If you talk to 5 real estate agents you get 5 different recommendations on everything from price to paint colors. But, the one thing they all agree on is that you have to “stage” your home.

Professional staging has turned into big business, and it’s not cheap. On HomeAdviser professional stagers cost anywhere from $508 to $1,881. There are a couple of problems associated with this trend. 

The first one is HGTV. Watching HGTV can be fun and entertaining and you’ll pick up some valuable redecorating tips, but these programs make homeowners (and buyers) think that staging involves ripping down a wall or two, adding bathrooms, and giving the kitchen a complete remodel. This is a bit misleading. 

The second problem is that most of today’s buyers aren’t able to look past the paint colors and design the way they used to. They can’t wrap their brains around the idea that buying a home, in most cases, doesn’t mean that you keep the furniture and live with the paint. So they want everything to look like the “after” on an HGTV set. If you want to sell you home quickly, you have to do at least some minimal staging. Even if you can afford a professional, wouldn’t you rather DIY your staging and spend that money on something for your new home?

Staging can be done without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips and tricks to guide you in getting your home ready for buyers with a little help from your self storage unit.

Use Self Storage to Help You Stage on a Budget 

  • Begin by Decluttering – Remove all clutter from living areas. Newspapers, magazines, paperwork, and empty soda cans need to go. Keep closets from overflowing by removing half the clothes and miscellaneous items. You can put all of these items into a small storage unit to keep them safe until you need them. The same goes for your kitchen cupboards and linen closet; get those areas organized with baskets and containers and put the overflow into storage.
  • Remove all Personal Items – It’s easier for potential buyers to visualize themselves in your home if you remove your personal items. Family photos, trophies, awards, and memorabilia need to be stored so that they don’t distract buyers from the task at hand.
  • Give Your Home a Deep Cleaning – Before you put your home on the market, you need to give it a deep cleaning. If you’ve neglected certain tasks, it’s time to get them done. Baseboards, corners of ceilings, window blinds, and everything else from bathrooms to basements has to be thoroughly cleaned.
  • Keep it Fresh – Place a vase of bright, fresh flowers in the center of your kitchen table, and place a few healthy plants in areas that may need a little boost. If you don’t have time to maintain your plants, artificial ones should do. Speaking of freshness, make sure there are no odors. Empty trash daily and use some scented plug-ins in a few spaces. You don’t want your buyers being hit with offensive odors. 
  • Paint and Repair – Don’t let buyers pick up on signs of neglect. Remove scuffs from walls with a foam eraser pad, spackle and caulk as necessary, and do touch ups where paint is chipped and cracked. Another thought – your favorite colors may be a turn off to prospective buyers. It may be a bit time and cost intensive, but a coat of neutral paint helps buyers to understand that they have options when it comes to colorful accessories. 
  • Rearrange the Furniture – This is where you really need that self storage unit. It makes no sense to rearrange furniture if you’re going to shove it into the garage or another room, making that part of your home look crowded and chaotic. You want to show as much open, navigable space as possible. This will help your buyer to visualize their own furniture and possessions in each room. Store over-sized and/or damaged pieces to make your rooms look as spacious and appealing as possible. 

Set up the dining room table to look like a special family dinner. Arrange plates, cutlery and napkins on pretty place mats, and don’t forget an attractive centerpiece with clean, simple lines. Use fresh comforters or duvets in the bedrooms, and don’t forget the extra pillows and throws to make these rooms look tranquil and cozy. Use fresh white towels and a few plants in the bathrooms.

  • Keep it Light and Bright – Your home should look bright and welcoming. Open drapes and blinds, and turn on all the lights, including lamps and closet lights, for showings. This will not only make your home seem bigger, but it will keep buyers and agents from having to search for light switches and lamp controls when their focus should be on your home.
  • You Only Have One Chance to Make a First Impression – The first thing the buyer sees when walking up to your house is the front entrance. Start the showing off right by removing any seasonal decorations (they should be in storage by now), adding a fresh coat of paint or stain to your door, and power washing the front porch. A simple doormat and a few potted flowering plants, will add a welcoming touch. 
  • Not All Rooms are Equal – The rooms that hold the most importance for a buyer are the living room, master bedroom and kitchen. Don’t forget about the entryway. If you have a large entryway with a grand staircase, be sure to keep the decor simple and the paint neutral.

Don’t forget about the secret weapon to staging your home. Self storage is your solution for decluttering and presenting your home as an appealing, spacious place to make memories and enjoy family and friends. Now get to work on staging your house, and spend the money you save on something special for your new home!