How to stage your home for a quick sale

One of the reasons that people choose to store with us is that they’re selling their house, so we thought we’d scour the internet and round up some helpful tips for anyone staging their home.

We hope you find these useful!

  1. First impressions count – people will start evaluating your house before they even step inside so make sure the outside of your home looks welcoming too. Tidy up the garden if you have one, make sure your door is clean (i.e. doesn’t have any remnants of last year’s Halloween decorations on!) and clean your windows.
  2. Clear your home of clutter – you don’t have to throw away all of your belongings but by de-cluttering your rooms, you’ll not only make the house look tidier but you’ll make the spaces look larger.
  3. Similarly, people are interested to see how much storage you’ve got and it doesn’t look great if your cupboards and closets are filled to the brim. Aim to have about 20-30% space left in each area.
  4. Consider rearranging your furniture a bit – there’s a common misconception that by pushing all of your furniture against the walls, the room will feel larger but apparently floating them away from the walls can help the space feel more friendly and open.
  5. If you’ve got a spare room that you’re just using to store things in, consider moving those items into storage and setting the room up as an office or a reading room or something that people can envisage themselves using.
  6. Painting your room in neutral colours can help potential buyers picture what they could do with the room, it is also much easier for people to paint over neutral colours than to get rid of a bold colour – i.e. less effort for the buyers.
  7. Make sure everything works – if you have any lightbulbs that are out or clocks missing batteries, these are small things but they can look like you don’t care enough about the property to fix them.
  8. Find the balance between clean and lived in – make sure the house is clean and smells pleasant, if you have a pet, make sure to let some fresh air in – you might be used to the smell but potential buyers won’t be. Maybe invite a friend or neighbour over and see what they think.
  9. Remove any potentially controversial items and anything too personal – people like to imagine themselves in the space and this is hard to do if there are lots of family photos or anything that people might be offended by. These can take pride of place in your new home but might sway potential buyers’ minds.
  10. Fresh flowers is always a nice touch – if they’re from your garden, even better!

At Kiwi Self Storage, we offer flexible rental agreements and our minimum stay is only one month so if you need us, you know where to find us.

Call 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website for more information. We make storage easy. 

How to pack for storage

As a general rule, everything that can fit into boxes – should, and anything that can’t – should be covered. Here are some tips on packing the most common items.

Electronics and computers

Where possible, pack all electronic equipment back in their original boxes and tape them closed, they should then be stored upright. If you don’t have the original boxes, wrap them in bubble wrap and store them in marked boxes. You should also remove the batteries from any battery-powered items as they may leak over time.

Fridges, freezers and whiteware

It’s really important that fridges and freezers are thoroughly defrosted, cleaned and dried before you store them. Once clean, leave the door wedged ajar to help them remain fresh. Ensure that washing machines and dishwashers are completely drained before storing. No items should be left plugged in or running.

Mirrors, windows, screens and paintings

All of these types of item should be protected by a packing material like bubble wrap or in a flat pack carton, and should be stored standing on their edges in an upright position, not lying flat.

Dishes and glassware

Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper. We don’t advise using newspaper as it can be very messy and possibly stain your items. Nest your cups and bowls, and stand plates, saucers, casserole dishes and platters on their edges. Fill in any gaps in the boxes with scrunched up packing paper or linen. Make sure you label all boxes containing fragile items like these and avoid storing heavy items on top of them.

Furniture

All furniture should be thoroughly clean and dry before being stored. Wooden furniture should be polished and wrapped with corrugated cardboard. It’s a good idea to buy proper protective covers for these items. Mattresses and bed bases should also be wrapped or covered.

Precious items

Ensure that these are wrapped in acid free tissue paper and packed in boxes marked ‘fragile’.

Lawn mowers and other machinery

Drain the fuel and oil from all machinery and store upright. Lawn mowers are very prone to oil and fuel leakage when stored on their side and spillage can damage other goods in your space. Gas bottles from BBQs and heaters must be emptied before storing.

For tips on storing anything else, feel free to get in touch with our friendly managers by calling 0800 58 57 56 or visiting our website.

 

How self storage adds value to your home

Do you get to benefit from every room in your house? Or, like many Kiwis, is one dedicated to storing stuff you will probably never use? If so, you could be failing to capitalise on thousands of dollars. In this post, we explain why.

UK storage company Big Yellow estimates that 61% of Brits use at least one room in the home for storage. Kiwis are pretty much the same.

Now, you’re probably thinking this isn’t earth-shattering news — and it isn’t. However, what you may not realise is how much storing your surplus possessions at home is costing you.

What is the cost?

The obvious cost is you don’t get to use the room for other things. How many people do you know who cram their garages with junk and leave their cars outside? However, many Kiwis are willing to put up with the inconvenience.

It’s a different story when it comes to financial cost, though.

According to Barfoot and Thompson, the price difference in Auckland between a three- and a four-bedroom house is around $160,000.

Currently, the average mortgage rate is about 5%. So, the cost of borrowing that $160,000 works out to around $8,000 per year. That’s a heck of a lot to pay to store things you may never use!

Why self-storage makes sense

Hiring a storage unit makes more sense. This is because, depending on location, the average cost of a 1.5m x 1.5m unit is only around $100 per month or $1,200 per annum.  A 1.5m x 1.5m unit can take 50 archive boxes – or if you put in shelving it can take a room full of stuff.  Now, compare that to $8,000.

By freeing up that storage room, you can do lots of things:

  • Make money by renting it out
  • Reduce your mortgage and buy a smaller home
  • Have a games/family room
  • Decide whether you really need that old fridge or TV
  • Have your own man/woman cave
  • Finally bring your poor old car off the street.

self storage unit

Is home storage costing you money?

Do you have a room dedicated to storage? At Kiwi Self Storage, we are professional, organised and make storage convenient. Take back that room and give us a call on 0800 58 57 56.

If you are selling your home, the last thing you need is clutter. Any real estate agent will advise you to get rid of your surplus belongings to create space and demonstrate your home’s full potential.

5 Ways to Save Money on Storage

Here are some ideas from Kiwi Self Storage to help you save money on storing your goods.

1 – Declutter Before You Store.

Now is a great time to think about whether you still need to keep everything in your home. Too many old magazines and books? Any old appliances you haven’t used in years?
You can save money on storage space if you clean them out.

2 – Decide Whether to Store It or Replace It Later.

Long term storage of some of your large items may not be cost effective.
Would you be better off buying a replacement refrigerator later, instead of paying for extra storage space?

3 – Rent the Smallest Space Possible.

Our staff have a lot of experience with customers shifting households small and large. Talk to them for advice on the smallest space you will need.
Don’t forget we have a free Space Calculator and a Size Guide to help you work out your needs.

4 – Stack It High.

Make the most of your storage space by packing efficiently. Shelves will save you money by letting you stack items to the ceiling.
Make sure you keep your most used goods near the front where you can access them without moving everything.

5 – Downsize your storage.

Review your storage needs regularly. Your needs might change and there might be items that you no longer want.
Our staff can help you choose a smaller unit that will save you money on storing the items that you still need.

When you’re ready to discuss your storage needs, we’re here. Give us a call on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website.