For a faster, more profitable home sale
When you are selling your home, you'll want to declutter your closets and stage them to create the illusion of more space in your home.
Prospective home buyers will be looking for spacious closets in your home and plenty of them.
Let’s face it, there is never enough storage space in our homes and most of us are embarrassed to have others look inside our closets.
Most people organize their closets every few years, so that’s a lot of time for stuff to accumulate and get out of control. Once the closet door is shut, we tend to forget about the mess inside.
That teetering stack of boxes on the top shelf is a potential avalanche just waiting to happen.
Home buyers will be looking inside all your closets to see if there is enough room for their stuff. They WILL open every door!
Cluttered and overstuffed closets are a red flag to home buyers-- they will think the rest of the house is too small and lacking in storage space.
On the other hand, neat and organized closets, even small ones will certainly impress home buyers.
Read on for some decluttering and home staging tips that will make your closets look more spacious and organized.
Start by gathering up boxes, totes, garbage bags, permanent marker and tape. Label your boxes; keep, repair, donate, yard sale or throw away.
Decluttering is a great opportunity to get a head start on your packing! Declutter your closets by organizing your clothing and accessories into the following groups:
For clothing that needs repairing, give yourself two weeks to mend them or drop them off at your local clothing repair shop. If at the end of that time you still haven’t fixed them, throw them out.
Buyers LOVE closet organizer systems. When I was a real estate agent, I witnessed many buyers get excited over closet storage systems. It made a believer out of me!
When your closets are empty and clean, determine whether there's room for a closet organization system.
Do you have enough room to install a low-hanging clothing rod? Is there room for shelving along one side? How about a rack to organize your shoes?
Sometimes the back of a closet door has room for hooks for hanging belts, purses or robes.
Visit your local home improvement store to look at and get good ideas for ready-made closet organizers. There are so many affordable options to choose from.
Take advantage of the vertical space in your closet. Maximize closet storage by going all the way from the floor up to the ceiling.
If you plan on storing folded items like sweaters and jeans, place them in see-through bins to keep them looking neat and organized.
Coordinating hat boxes and baskets will look very attractive on your shelves and will surely impress home buyers.
Sort clothing by color! This one never fails to impress buyers. In fact, after the first time I saw this done, I went home and organized my own closet in this way.
Matching hangers are important
Watch the video by askthedecorator for diy tips on organizing and staging your closet.
Organize closets in your home by placing "like" items together. That way, you will never lose something that was placed in the wrong closet.
For instance; store Christmas decorations together in a rarely used closet; bed linens should be neatly stacked in a linen closet and cleaning supplies in a utility closet.
If your coat closet is near the front entry, be sure to stage it carefully. This is part of the "first impression" room, the first room that buyers see as they walk in the door. You don't want to lose them at the front door.
For home staging purposes, holiday decorations can be packed away for your new home unless you are selling your house during the holiday season.
NOTE: After you have staged the master bedroom closet, take pictures of it for your online real estate listing photos. Prospective buyers will be excited to see a home with such a great closet.
See photographing your staged home for tips on taking beautiful photos for your online real estate photos.
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