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Posted by Landmark, Realtors on 8/7/2018

For home sellers, renting a storage unit may prove to be a great idea, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

A storage unit will make it simple to keep personal belongings like artwork and photographs out of sight while you sell your house. Plus, a storage unit offers a secure space for your personal belongings, one that you can quickly and effortlessly access at any time.

Although there are many wonderful reasons to rent a storage unit, choosing the right-size unit can be difficult, particularly for a first-time home seller. Lucky for you, we're here to help take the guesswork out of selecting a storage unit that suits you perfectly.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help a home seller choose the right-size storage unit.

1. Take a Look at the Items That You Need to Store

A home seller must do everything possible to remove clutter before listing a house. And with a storage unit at your disposal, you should have no trouble keeping excess items outside your residence.

Ultimately, it is important to make a list of the items that you want to place in storage before you rent a storage unit. This will help you determine exactly how much space you'll need based on the items on your list.

For example, if you need to store a bicycle, treadmill or other large items, you may want to choose a 10' x 15' storage unit. Or, if you need to store boxes of kitchen utensils, bathroom supplies and various small items, a 5' x 5' storage unit may prove to be the ideal choice.

2. Consider How Long You'll Need a Storage Unit

With the right-size storage unit, you can protect various personal belongings until a homebuyer purchases your residence.

As you explore your storage unit options, it often helps to create a budget. That way, you can ensure that you'll have sufficient finances available to cover the costs of a storage unit for an extended period of time.

If you are unsure about your long-term finances, you may want to rent a small storage unit, thereby resulting in affordable monthly storage unit rental costs. On the other hand, if you feel comfortable with your financial situation, you may be better equipped than others to select a large storage unit.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Determining how much space you'll need in a storage unit can challenge even the most diligent home seller. Thankfully, a real estate agent can help you prepare your residence for the housing market as well as make it easy to decide how much storage space you'll need.

A real estate agent can put you in touch with storage unit providers in your city or town. In addition, he or she can offer home decluttering tips and help you get excess items into the right-size storage unit in no time at all.

Ready to rent a storage unit? With the aforementioned tips, you can select the right-size storage unit to safeguard myriad personal belongings while you sell your house.




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Posted by Landmark, Realtors on 10/11/2016

Have you ever heard anyone complain about a house having too much storage space? Of course not. That's impossible. Storage space is one of the top features home buyers look for when it comes to shopping for houses. We tend to accumulate a lot of stuff, whether it's kids toys, expired boxes of Rice-A-Roni or, in my case, roughly one million DVDs. It's hard to part ways with the things we love (who knows when you might suddenly have the urge to watch The Last of the Mohicans). So, what's the solution? Better home storage, of course. In this article we'll cover ten of the best hacks--big and small--that will help you improve your home storage and organization. 1. Storage seating If you need extra seating in your home office or entry way, why not go with something that includes storage space? Storage benches are increasingly popular and can be a good place to put your gloves and scarves in the winter time. 2. Roll your clothes The next time you do laundry, try rolling up your shirts and pants and stack the rolls vertically. It will help you fit a lot more in one drawer and you'll be able to grab your favorites without digging through a pile of folded laundry. 3. Make dividers for your clothing drawers Is your underwear drawer an amalgamation of every different type of sock and underwear? Use makeshift dividers (cardboard or plastic will do) inside your drawers to keep things grouped the way you want. 4. Flip down desk Instead of taking up floor space for the desk that you use once a month, install a fold down desk onto your wall and store the chair in the closet. It will open up the floor of the room. 5. Vertical storage solutions Look around the room you're in. See all that empty air up near the ceiling? If you're really pressed for space, try incorporating vertical storage solutions in your closets and bathroom. 6. Magnets You've probably seen those cool magnetic knife holders on the Food Network and thought, "I need this in my life." But I bet you've never thought about using one for your tweezers or toothbrush. Placing a magnetic strip in your bathroom cabinet will free up space and allow for easy access to all of your bathroom utensils. Plus you can finally rest assured that no one else's toothbrush touched yours. 7. Bed storage Some beds pop up to allow storage underneath. Others include built-in drawers under the mattress. If a new bed frame isn't in your budget right now, opt for storage bins as slim as you need to fit things like extra blankets and off-season clothing under the bed. 8. Hanging up your bicycles Whether it's in your huge garage or in your tiny studio apartment, you've probably lamented the amount of space bicycles take up. Bike hangers allow you to store your bikes vertically taking up significantly less room. 9. Slide out pantry Slide out pantries allow you to store a lot more and bring all your food within reach. That means you have no more excuses to be finding cans of tuna fish from five years ago. 10. Cord organizers The best way to organize cords is to eliminate them. Wireless controllers, speakers and headphones are now all quite affordable. But for things like cell phone chargers, there are several gadgets you can buy to keep your cords separated and tucked out of sight.  





Posted by Landmark, Realtors on 6/21/2016

If you're planning on selling your home in the coming years, now is the perfect time to start making home improvements that will increase the value and demand of your home once it's on the market. Increasing the market value of your home, however, isn't just a matter of replacing old appliances or dressing up rooms to look more luxurious. Follow these five expert tips on how to increase your home value without wasting time or money on projects that won't pay off.

Paint everything

One basic improvement that will almost always pay off is a fresh coat of paint in each room of your home. It isn't a very costly improvement, and it can both clean up and modernize rooms that are in need of an update. Remember that your walls make up the majority of what buyers see when they walk through your home. The wall paint makes up the big picture that all of the small details of your home fit in, therefore your paint colors should be chosen to fit the style of the home and the time that we live in. Avoid colors that are too dark or too blindingly white. If you're at a loss for which colors you want to use, try out a free color palette creator online to experiment with different schemes.

Door replacement

As a new home buyer approaches your home for the first time their eyes are going to be locked on the door. Take advantage of good first impressions with a quality door. One that compliments the exterior color of your home will do wonders to improve the overall appearance of your home. Aside from their aesthetic value, doors also provide insulation and security. Choose a door that is EnergyStar certified to keep the heat in, but also make sure it has top rate locking mechanisms so the next family to live in your home feels safe.

Increase storage space

Storage capacity is highly sought after in the house market. No one wants to drive to a storage container just to get their belongings. Having all of your property in one place makes things less complicated. Increasing storage space can seem difficult or impossible, but there are a few tricks that will help convince potential home buyers that they won't run out of room. Here are four of our favorites:
  • Install storage beds in the bedrooms
  • Buy a kitchen table with a storage cabinet
  • Put a bench in the mudroom that has storage inside
  • Install cabinets in your garage or shed to take advantage of unused vertical space

Kitchen and bathroom makeover

Two rooms in your home that will attract the most attention are the kitchen and bathroom(s). The kitchen has endless opportunity for upgrades. Installing a new sink, cabinets, and a hanging pot rack can all give your kitchen a modern makeover. In the bathroom, surface level upgrades like a new toilet seat and shower curtain and bathroom mirror go a long way. Upgrading an old bathtub, shower head, and toilet are also great ways to increase the value of the room. Keep in mind energy efficiency when purchasing any of these items. Know the neighborhood Determining which home improvements will most increase the value of your home is dependent on many factors, including the neighborhood you live in. It is possible to "over-improve" your home to the point where it looks too luxurious next to your neighbors' homes. Ask the experts--real estate agents and contractors--for advice about improving homes in your neighborhood.







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