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It can often be difficult to find new storage solutions in your home, especially if the places you normally use for storage are full. One often overlooked storage area is the attic, for a number of reasons. Some may be hesitant to put their cherished belongings up in the attic because of the potential dust and unchecked climate. But this seldom-used space can aid in your storage efforts if used properly. Our real estate agents recommend that you try the following things to optimize your attic for storage.

  1. Assess Your Attic's Safety
    Before using your attic for storage, you need to ensure it's safe and accessible. Because attics are usually unfinished, you may run into issues like loose nails, floorboards that aren't sturdy, pests, and water damage. Using your attic for storage without checking the floor's strength can be a gamble, should you place too much weight on a floorboard or step in the wrong spot. Identify issues you have, or better yet, have a professional identify and fix them.

  2. Ensure You Have Safe Access
    Once any issues inside the attic are fixed, you'll want to ensure you can safely enter and exit the area. If you don't have a safe way to do this, you'll dread going up there to revisit your belongings, reorganize, or store more. If the attic is adjacent to a room, consider installing a door. If you have pull-down stairs or a ladder, you can add a railing at the top of the attic entrance. If you are using heavy storage containers, consider a pulley system to prevent accidents carrying heavy items up the stairs.

  3. Protect Your Belongings
    Attics usually don't have the same protected climate you find inside the rest of your home. Without ventilation and insulation, an attic can become extremely hot in the summer and extremely cold in the winter. Without adequate ventilation, you can quickly encounter a moisture problem. These conditions will ruin all but the most durable belongings you decide to store up there. If you want to use your attic as a serious storage space, get ventilation and insulation to help regulate attic temperature and humidity.

  4. Create a Storage Strategy
    Some items that go into the attic will rarely be touched, while others might come out seasonally or every couple of years. To save time and make accessing your items easier, group your items by the frequency you'll remove them. Identify items you'll be using most and store them together closer to the entrance. Things you won't remove often can be placed further back. If you buy clear storage containers and label them, that will make storage management that much easier.

  5. Make a Floor Plan
    Your attic is likely the least visited place in your home. You may forget if you stored items in the attic or somewhere else, which is why creating a floor plan can let you know where your items are stored. This can be helpful if your attic is really spacious and you're planning on storing a lot of items. A quick glance at your floor plan, and you can easily know where something is.

  6. Start Utilizing Your New Space
    Once you've laid down flooring, addressed climate and other issues, installed shelves, and strategized your organization, you're ready to move items into storage. Anything you store in the attic should ideally be contained to prevent the possibility of damage. Also, uniformly sized containers will make it much easier to stack and move around items.

With the help of your attic, you can free up space in the parts of your home you want to show off. If you plan to add your home among the other Southport homes for sale, homebuyers will appreciate having extra storage space. Contact us for all your real estate needs.