I’m Selling My House. Does that Mean I Have to Get Rid of All of My Stuff?

When you put your house on the market, it becomes a product, much like a pair of booties at The Shoe Hive or a great spring dress at Kiskadee. Like booties or a dress for sale at a successful retail establishment, your house has to be presented in its best light, “outfitted” to give customers some ideas—but not surrounded by clutter or personal items. We’ve talked about staging—the outfitting, in this comparison—so let’s now talk about the clutter and personal items.

We all love our stuff, great for its function or its meaning, sometimes both. Nothing makes you realize how much stuff you’ve accumulated, though, like getting your house ready to list. Many people start with the grand intention of going through everything, creating neat “keep,” “donate,” and “trash” piles, but often find that they run out of time or become too overwhelmed with the pressure to make so many decisions all at once.

To make the process easier and less stressful for our clients, we’ve started recommending storage pods. They are relatively inexpensive, hovering around $180 for one and less than $300 for two, and they make a world of difference. Companies will drop the pod(s) off in your driveway or in front of your house, pick them up in a couple of days after you’ve loaded them with the stuff that you don’t think you’ll need during the duration of your home sale, store them, and then drop them off at your new house when you’re ready to unload. Scheduling is pretty foolproof and so is securing a permit from the City of Alexandria (for an additional fee), if necessary. Our team helps you through every step of the way, whether you need us to schedule the pod drop-off and pick-up for you or secure the permits from the City.

I’ve been working with powerhouse stager Kelly DeMaso—who, I’ll be honest, had her work cut out for her with my pantry alone—to help me get organized and decide what will go in the pod until I move into my new place! More on that soon, but the important takeaway here is that you can keep your stuff—and have one less thing to stress over during the process of selling your house!

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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.


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Alexandria, VA 22314


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  1. Great article Britt!

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