May 1, 2013 5:32 pm
One of the easiest ways to make the closets in your home more appealing is by clearing out the clutter and making them seem larger than they really are. This applies to closets in your bedroom, bathroom, hallway and even the kitchen. If you really want your closets to stand out as a selling point, spend a day getting rid of everything you don’t need—you’ll be surprised how many things you come across that you haven’t used in years.
Once you’ve cleared out all your closets, it’s time to organize them. For closets with clothes, stagers recommend using wire hangers to keep everything organized. It’s also a good idea to group shirts and items by color, with darks on one side and lights on the other. This will make the closet “pop” and provide a more eye-catching impression.
Additionally, nothing should ever be on the floor of the closet. Use shoe racks to organize any footwear and small drawers and shelves to hold sweaters, socks and other items that you can’t hang. Simple and inexpensive shelving can do wonders and are easy to install. If your budget allows, utilize a professional closet organizer and have him or her do their magic. This will really make your closets stand out among prospective buyers.
When it comes to linen closets, make sure each shelf is neat with the newer towels and sheets in front. You also want to do away with any old bathroom fixtures, bath toys or hotel shampoos that may have found their way into the closet over the years. Again, space is the desired effect.
In the kitchen, discard food that’s been sitting around for ages, make sure baking items aren’t spilling out of their bags (use old bread bag containers if they are) and clean up your spices.
You should also think about what a closet says to a potential buyer. For instance, if a bedroom closet holds clothes for just one, it might suggest a recent divorce or death, and that could lead to a low-ball offer. On the other hand, if closets are jam-packed with stuff, it can be interpreted that there’s just not enough space in the house, sending potential buyers out the door.
The main key with closets is to allow buyers to see the true size and functionality of the space. You don’t need to have a walk-in closet to impress people. You just need to treat each closet as if it was another room in the house.
For more tips to prepare your home for sale, contact our office today.
Published with permission from RISMedia.