By Vince Mancuso, Storage.com
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Where can you keep your things when building a home? What steps can you take to sell your current house before your new one is fully constructed? How can you purchase things for your new house prior to completion? The answer to all these questions is simple: a storage unit.
Self storage can help when building a new home by ultimately providing you the space you need to keep all your things, and with an array of sizes and features, most storage facilities can give you room for all the belongings in your house or just a space to clear out some clutter.
If you’re currently in the process of building a new home, here are some ways self storage can help.
What to Do When Construction Delays Occur
In any construction project, delays will happen. Unfortunately, if you’re already out of your previous home, this could leave you in a bit of a bind on where you place your things. Hotel rooms or staying with friends and family may be enough for you and your family, but the furniture, bedding, appliances, and boxes of all your belongings may be left without a home. Enter: self storage.
A storage unit is a great location to keep all your belongings as it can provide both the adequate room and security needed. For instance, as you’re storing all of your belongings in one location, it’s wise to find a storage facility with strong security features. Basic security can include electronic gate access and video surveillance, but many facilities offer more advanced amenities such as individually-alarmed units and onsite management to further deter any vandalism or theft.
Much like any relocation situation, self storage is a great way to alleviate any stress and hassle of finding a place for your things when delays inevitably occur.
How Self Storage Can Help Sell Your Current Home
While some home builders have the misfortune of not being able to get into their new homes soon enough, others may have the opposite problem of not being able to sell their current home. According to the National Organization of Realtors, something as small as home staging has an effect on 96% of potential buyers.
Home staging is the act of decluttering and better organizing your home to be more appealing to buyers. A storage unit can provide you with the space to store the “clutter” in your home to make it attractive to buyers. This can not only help you sell your home faster, but also get more out of your home when you do sell.
Most clutter in a home is comprised of personal stuff, which may mean a lot to you, but only distracts the buyer. When storing sensitive items like family photos, book, or even furniture, be sure to find a facility that has climate control. This feature maintains a moderate temperature and humidity level inside the unit, which helps preserve these sensitive items through all sorts of weather.
How to Prepare for Your Home Before Completion
In the case that your new home construction is going right on time, and you’re also having no issues with getting your current home sold, you may have more free time to focus on something fun: preparing for your new home. You may be eager to purchase new furniture and appliances, especially when there is a sale going on, but you’re not able to put them into your new home yet.
Rather than miss out on low prices for the things you want in your new home, consider renting a storage unit on a short-term basis. A 10×10 unit can hold the contents of a medium-sized living room, which can include a new couch, love seat, coffee table, and that unique, wicker floor lamp you just had to buy when it was on clearance.
Most storage facility offer short-term or month-to-month leasing, this way, you can purchase your items ahead of time—whether it be a week or a month—and have them ready to be moved in once you’re allowed to, no deals missed, no items lost.
Whether it be the space, features, or time that you need, a storage unit can be a great tool to use when building a new home.