Is it a waste of money to put stuff in storage when trying to sell?

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soverylucky Wed 14-Nov-12 09:11:15

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Sinkingfeeling Wed 14-Nov-12 09:45:38

We did this - and it was money well spent! We did have an offer on our house within a couple of weeks of it going on the market though, so we only needed to use storage for around 8 weeks in total. Shop around for deals on storage - ours was half-price for the first 6 weeks I think. We used it not so much for clutter but for large items like a few pieces of furniture we'd inherited from various relatives, some pictures, extra kitchen stuff which made the cupboards look too full and for dh's sports gear, which took up masses of room in the garden shed. I do think it's worth making the rooms appear as spacious as possible.

7to25 Wed 14-Nov-12 10:58:10

It is money very well spent.
Nothing should have anything on top of it.
I was going to qualify that with phrases about ultra desirable locations, but you have answered that yourself.
All you can do is go in with all guns blazing and if that involves storage, then so be it.

ClareMarriott Wed 14-Nov-12 15:53:12

You don't mention if you have a loft or not so if not, yes try Big Yellow Box or the companies near you and you'll probably get a good deal

ISeeSmallPeople Wed 14-Nov-12 16:08:51

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ISeeSmallPeople Wed 14-Nov-12 16:10:35

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soverylucky Wed 14-Nov-12 16:15:40

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ISeeSmallPeople Wed 14-Nov-12 16:20:42

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PickledGerkin Wed 14-Nov-12 18:27:36

We did it, we went with a packing box and measured out how many packing boxes wide we could fit and how many high and we got to choose which unit we had.

It made it easier than trying to guess whether the unit was too big or too small. So we knew we could easily fit X number of boxes in it.

It was well worth it as it makes you not look like you are spilling out of your house. We had stuff in storage for about 6 months and it was worth it.

I am also very anal organised, each room had its own colour so pink for the lounge, green for dining room etc.

I cut up the children's coloured paper into squares and attached 5 of them to each box, one on each side and one on the top. It made it easier to find them when they are stacked. Before I attached it I marked it with a black marker pen to know what number box it was.

I had an A5 hard backed notebook and wrote down everything that went into each box. When we moved I knew I should have 8 boxes in the lounge etc.

Good luck with moving, you will need wine

onesandwichshort Wed 14-Nov-12 18:37:00

We did it, and as ISee said, it made the house look so much better for not that much effort. It doesn't have to be too expensive either - we only needed a smallish one and it was £32/month.

specialsubject Sun 18-Nov-12 13:05:46

YES, do it. No-one wants to buy your dirt, as they say, nor your clutter. When I was buying, houses full of crap treasured possessions also made me think 'this lot will take forever to shift'.

storage costs mount up. Be ruthless, otherwise in a few months you'll be emptying the unit thinking 'why did I pay to store all this?'

it is amazing what sells on ebay.

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