Claire Rainville, Broker Associate, REMAX


If you intend to sell your house, you may need to put various personal belongings into a storage unit. By doing so, you can eliminate clutter from your residence, thereby increasing the likelihood of a quick, profitable home sale.

However, packing a storage unit sometimes can be difficult. Lucky for you, we're here to help you make the most of the storage unit space at your disposal.

Let's take a look at three tips to help you optimize the available space in a storage unit.

1. Plan Ahead

Think about the storage unit space that is available and consider the items that you'll be keeping in the unit itself. Then, you can plan accordingly.

When in doubt, it often helps to rent a storage unit that provides more than enough space. And if you're unsure about how much space that you'll need, you can always reach out to a storage unit provider for extra support.

Typically, a storage unit provider can offer expert recommendations about the size of the unit that you'll need based on your belongings. Consider these recommendations closely, and you can select the right-size storage unit to accommodate all of your belongings.

2. Ensure Your Boxes Are Easily Accessible

It may be tempting to stack all of your boxes together in a storage unit. But for those who want to maximize the storage unit space that is available, it usually helps to stack boxes in a way that guarantees they are easily accessible.

Creating aisles of boxes in a storage unit will make it simple for you to access a box without having to move other items out of the way.

Furthermore, place boxes with items that you may need most frequently at the front of a storage unit. This will ensure that you can enjoy fast, seamless access to these boxes.

3. Dismantle Furniture

Couches, chairs and other furniture can take up lots of space in a storage unit. Conversely, if you remove the legs from furniture, you may be able to free up space in your storage unit.

If you decide to remove the legs from furniture, you may want to tape the legs to the furniture itself. Also, don't forget to place related furniture bolts and screws in a plastic bag, attach the bag to the furniture and label the bag.

Renting a storage unit is a major decision, one that should not be taken lightly. Fortunately, if you work with a real estate agent, you can choose the right storage unit provider.

A real estate agent is happy to help you sell your house, as well as put you in touch with the best storage unit providers in your area. That way, you can secure your belongings in a first-rate storage unit until your house sells.

Get the most out of a storage unit – use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble keeping a wide range of items in any storage unit, at any time.


An engaging home listing can play a key role in your ability to sell your house. If your listing hits the mark with potential buyers, the likelihood increases that buyers will set up showings to view your residence. And as a result, it may be only a matter of time before you receive multiple offers to purchase your house.

Ultimately, creating an engaging home listing can be simple – here are three tips to help you craft an effective listing for your residence.

1. Provide Accurate Information About Your Home

A home listing often introduces a buyer to a house. If a listing includes accurate information about a residence, a buyer may be inclined to check out a particular house sooner rather than later.

Remember, it is your duty as a home seller to help a buyer make an informed decision about whether to pursue your residence. If you include accurate information about your house's age and condition in your listing, you can make it easy for a homebuyer to determine whether your residence is the right choice based on his or her individual needs.

2. Include High-Resolution Photos of Your Home

An engaging home listing includes lots of relevant information about a home. At the same time, this listing should feature plenty of high-resolution photos that showcase the true size and beauty of each room of your residence.

If possible, take photographs that can help buyers envision what it is like to walk through your house. You may want to clean your home from top to bottom and remove clutter before you take these photos as well.

For those who want extra help with real estate photography, you can always hire a professional photographer. Because if you have a real estate photographer at your side, you can reap the benefits of top-notch photographs that can be incorporated into your home listing.

3. Keep Your Home Listing Simple

There is no need to use big words or complex phrases to try to differentiate your home listing from others. Instead, keep things simple, and homebuyers can decide for themselves whether to move forward with a home showing.

Lastly, if you need help crafting an engaging home listing, you can always reach out to a real estate agent for assistance. This housing market professional can provide expert guidance throughout the home selling journey and ensure you can achieve the optimal results.

A real estate agent will learn about your home and help you put together an informative home listing. He or she also will set up home showings and open house events to promote your residence to prospective buyers. And if you receive an offer to purchase your house, a real estate agent can help you review this proposal and determine the best course of action.

Ready to add your house to the real estate market? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can create an engaging listing to help your house stand out to dozens of potential buyers.


Could your home be making you sick? Could those allergies be inside rather than outside? Yes, and yes. Of course, you’ve already sussed out the obvious places: the mold in the bathroom, years of dirt in the carpet, even the drapes and blinds. 

But what about the air ducts? You know, the very thing that carries the conditioned air to you from your expensive HVAC unit. Just because you use filters on your furnace and air conditioning unit doesn’t mean that those ducts are clean. Here are times to check your ducts to keep your air breathable and pristine.

When you buy new

Even if your home is new, you have no guarantee that your ducts are clean. In fact, you’ll often find layers of drywall dust, insulation, and other harmful debris in your ducts that entered during the building and testing stages of your home and its systems. If you’re prone to allergies, have your ducts cleaned before you move in.

When you buy old

If you’re a home’s second, third, or more owner, you have no idea what might be lurking in those ducts. If three owners ago had a litter of kittens, you may not find any dander in the new carpets, but there could be pet hair and dander in those ducts. Try to get having the ducts inspected and cleaned added into your seller’s closing costs or home warranty.

After a long winter

When your home is closed up for long periods due to inclement weather, dust mites find their way into your ducts. Add some damp days and that crossover period from winter to summer (usually called spring) when you try not to operate your heat or air conditioning, and you’ve set up your ducts to be breeding grounds for allergens of all types including mold spores and dust mites, and a collecting place for pollen.

When to call the pros

Even a shop vacuum with a super long hose cannot clean out most ducts from the vent back toward the fan unit. Call in a licensed and bonded professional air duct cleaning service to take care of the problem for you. Schedule them before the worst of the allergy season to clean out the ducts and install HEPA filters in the air returns and furnace. Make sure that your filters can trap microscopic particles, pet dander, and fine dust. Change them as frequently are noted on the packaging.

If you’re buying a home, be sure to ask about any special filtration included in your HVAC until. And talk to your agent about requesting adding air duct cleaning into those seller’s closing costs.


Ego, Latin for “I,” in other words, self. The part that makes up your psyche, or how you see yourself. It is that sense of who you are that you carry through your life. History has long wondered if ego is an ingrained part of your DNA; something you are born with. There is a general regard today; however that your environment has a tremendous amount of influence on your self-image or self-esteem. What you think of yourself and how you relate to the world around you, have everything to do with your ego. 

Your Place in This World

The environment you lived in while you were young, dependent on others to provide for you the basics for a living was not in your control. The home you lived in, the clothes you wore and even the school and activities you were involved in were, for the most part, dictated to you. Often those circumstances provided you with a sense of who was, good or bad. You may have developed a healthy self-image that afforded you the skills and abilities to take on challenges and problem solve with little effort. Or you may have experienced adverse situations that left you with a feeling of lack and insecurities. What you carry into your life as an adult can significantly influence your life decisions. 

Carve Out Your Own Place

As you move out into the world and more of your decisions rest only on you to make, the crossroads of how you see yourself appears. Here is where you choose to allow your current self-image to continue to be shaped and molded by your past. Or, you can recognize the opportunity to become the most significant influence in your own life. Who you surround yourself with can help or hurt you in this process. Be aware of how others influence your self-esteem. What you watch and listen to has a tremendous effect on how you process information, form opinions and express emotions. As the old computer saying goes “garbage in, garbage out.” You determine what’s garbage, based on what outcome you desire. You want a healthy, positive ego; then be aware of what gives you positive mental information, thoughts, and emotions. 

This week make a point to spend some time with someone who brings out the best of you


Generally speaking, taking a family vacation can "recharge your battery," give you a new lease on life, and enable you to get back to work with a renewed sense of purpose. That's the ideal scenario when everything falls into place. However, if you're one of those families that are always looking for a new place to explore every year, then your vacation experiences may become more hit or miss.

While a little research can often go a long way, online brochures and articles tend to put a positive spin on what may or may not be an ideal vacation destination. Even customer reviews can give you a false impression of the desirability of a tourism spot. Just because a couple people had an especially good or bad experience in a particular tourist town, does not mean you're going to encounter similar types of service, weather, prices, crowds, or ambiance.

Online reviews, tourism information, and vacation blogs can provide you with helpful insights into the desirability of a vacation spot, but every time you try a new resort, vacation rental, or tourist attraction, you're gambling on whether or not you and your family will like it.

Since time away from work and vacation budgets are usually limited, it makes sense to do everything possible to increase the odds of planning and having a great vacation! Visiting the places you're considering staying at before you make reservations there is one method of choosing a location you'll probably love. Sometimes recommendations from close friends or relatives can provide you with some solid vacation ideas. While anonymous online reviews and blog posts can lead you down the wrong path, recommendations from a trusted friend or family member have much more credibility.

One method of ensuring a higher level of quality control over your accommodations, amenities, and -- to some degree -- your meals is to buy a vacation home. If you can find an affordable cabin, beach house, or ski chalet in a location you like, then you'll always know what you're getting in terms of living space, ambiance, environment, and local attractions. You can prepare a certain percentage of your meals at your vacation home, which can control your food expenses and make going out to dinner more special.

Another advantage of returning to the same vacation spot (and home), year after year, is that you become familiar with the best places and times to enjoy restaurants, golf courses, beaches, ski slopes, hiking trails, nightclubs, or whatever you enjoy doing on vacation. When you find the ideal "home away from home" to spend weekends, vacations from work, and school breaks, you'll always know exactly what you're getting and will have a higher degree of control over your environment and your overall vacation experience. One final advantage of owning a vacation home is that you can defray your mortgage payments and maintenance costs by generating rental income during the times you're not using the house.