If you are planning to sell your furnished house/apartment, there are a few things to consider for the process to go as smoothly as possible. We understand how taxing and overwhelming it can be not only to sell your house at a reasonable rate but to store your movables safely.
There are many viable options you can consider, garage storage, personal storage, or you can store your movables in your attic or ask a friend/family to lend you their space for some time. Out of all these options, the safest and the most hassle-free option is home storage units.
A storage unit will allow you to store anything from documents and paperwork to more oversized furniture like a king-size bed, dresser, dining table with chairs etc. However, if you choose to store your belongings in an attic or a garage, there will be some damaging consequences that we will get in detail below.
Take Apart Furniture Before Packing
It’s an established truth that it’s not easy to carry furniture as it is. It’s bulky, might get damaged, and you or the movers might get hurt. Also, it’s not practical as it’s heavier in a single form, so keeping it safe and saving space in the storage unit might seem impossible.
Dismantle every piece of furniture you plan to store. Remove the handles, knobs, and every other fixture, and don’t forget to keep it separately, either in a bag or a box. Label it for easy access so you remember when it’s time to reuse the furniture.
Also, take out planks and drawers if necessary. Undoing the bed or any other piece of furniture/movable might seem tedious, but it’s worth it. A few minutes of extra work will make handling your movables more manageable. Lastly, keep the manuals along with the furniture item to easily reassemble when required.
Repair Movables Beforehand
If you already have scheduled house viewings, then it’s high time to consider the details of your house to elevate the look and make it attractive for potential buyers. Remember to tidy up your entire space thoroughly. If you find cleaning overwhelming, you can hire help but let them know the purpose of cleaning the house, so they do an apt job.
When selling your furnished house/apartment, one other aspect to consider is to repair whatever you wish to sell/give away. Apart from cleaning and tidying up every part of the house, proper repairs and advancements are essential. House viewers will probably check every corner, so it’s better to be prepared. Avoid stacking and piling up stuff as it will look unappealing and cause hindrance in an imminent sale.
Ensure the furniture pieces are in good condition, repair the damages, polish what needs to be polished, replace what’s worn out and throw away whatever is useless and broken. Try arranging a setup to display how the room and furnishings will look together. Paying attention to detail will improve your chances of selling your house sooner.
Choose A Climate-Controlled Storage Unit
One of the most vital points when selecting a storage unit for your movables is to check whether your belongings will remain safe and secure while in storage. If you choose moving storage or furniture storage units with climate control by STORED, you are in luck! It offers the most hassle-free and affordable storage units.
With STORED, you can rent a climate-controlled storage unit. It regulates the temperature within the unit and keeps it consistent despite how cold or hot it’s outside. A constant temperature in the storage unit will help protect your items from unfavourable climatic factors. High temperature and humidity levels can warp, crack or split wood or leather furniture.
If you are wondering what to store in a climate-controlled unit, here’s a list to guide you.
- Any household piece that can grow mould, mildew and rust should be stored in a climate-controlled storage unit like wooden, wicker, metal, leather or fabric furniture.
- All other items from the materials listed above should also be kept in a climate-controlled storage unit.
- Media (DVDs, videos, vinyl records, etc.)
- Artwork and paintings.
- Clothing, especially if it’s lace, leather or vintage, or if it will be stored in bags.
Decide Long-Term or Short-Term Storage
Once you have selected a climate-controlled storage unit, it’s time to consider whether you require long-term or short-term storage—the most significant difference in the storage time and the price value. With short-term storage, as the term states, you rent a storage unit for a short period, probably not more than three months.
On the other hand, long-term storage is more suited for prolonged periods, like seasonal storage or packing things away during the winter or if you are retiring. However, a short-term storage package is a temporary stop-gap that allows you more space when needed.
Long-term storage gives you a safe and secure place to keep items you want to be stowed away for an extended period–usually over three months. When putting objects in long-term storage units, avoid using plastic bags as they might deteriorate over time and even cause discolouration in your items.
In A Nutshell
We believe we have now answered all your questions and removed all your doubts regarding storing furniture when moving home/apartment. Keep your furniture in STORED’s storage facilities if you’re located anywhere in London, and feel free to contact us if you have any storage inquiries.
Lastly, take what you want when selling your furnished house/apartment and leave the rest. It’s an excellent opportunity to start afresh in your new place and instil good habits. Take your belongings that genuinely matter and that you have frequently been using. Leave the rest or allow some reliable company to collect and recycle on your behalf.