How to Stage a House | Home Staging Tips for Closets
People who are looking at homes to buy are often concerned with storage and closet space. Most home sellers don’t give their closets and storage areas much thought when it comes to staging. Our closets are often a no man’s land of confusion and clutter. We toss in items we no longer use and worn out shoes. They overflow with holiday decorations and clothing from ten years ago. With these home staging tips for closets, you can have your closets and storage areas looking clean and tidy in no time!
Home Staging Tips for Cleaning Closets
You’ll need a clean slate to work with when it comes to the actual cleaning of the closets. Remove everything from the closets. This task may take some time and is best done on a weekend or any other time when you can concentrate on the task until it’s completed. If you have a big job to do, with many closets, you may want to ask family and friends to help you. Assign each person with a closet and set an area as cleaning central for supplies and refreshments. Don’t forget to include the kitchen pantry, entryway closet, bathroom closets, linen closets, bedroom closets, and any other closets in the home.
When you’ve taken everything from the closet, resist the urge to go through the items for sorting. There will be a time for that, but right now is time to grab the cleaning supplies and go to work. Wipe down any shelves and check for needed repairs. Wipe down hanger bars and make sure they are sturdy. Sweep, vacuum, and mop the floor of the closet. Wipe down walls and doors, as well.
Home Staging Tips for Getting the Closet Ready
You may be tempted to start going through the items at this point, but there is still one more step to do before you get to that point. Once the closet is completely clean and ready to be staged, it’s time to think about what you’re going to use inside the closet. You want to succeed at providing organized space that is pleasant to look at when potential home buyers open that closet door.
A cohesive look is best when it comes to hangers and structures for organizing. Choose hangers that match the closet but consider the buyer. If you’re trying to appeal to luxury buyers or those who would place neatness at the top of their list, choose wooden or velvet hangers. These hangers are impressive and provide that cohesive look that is appealing.
Don’t just toss your shoes on the floor of the closet. Purchase a rack for shoes or place shoes in a shelving system created for shoes. This will keep the closet from looking cluttered and make a good impressive on anyone who opens the closet door.
Home Staging Tips for Clearing the Clutter
This is the perfect time to go through everything you’ve taken from the closets and clear out the clutter. This serves two purposes. It narrows down the items you’ll need to place back in closets, and it gives you an opportunity to pack away items for your upcoming move. When the actual move time is upon you, you’ll be thankful that you prepared ahead.
Go through your clothing with an objective eye and get rid of things you no longer wear or that no longer fit. The wonderful thing about doing this is that you can help others by donating these items to a charity that can provide them to those in need. When this is complete, return items of clothing to the closet using the hangers you’ve chosen. Sort clothing by style and color. For example, hang all suits together with the colors going from light to darker. This creates an appealing closet.
Go through your shoes. Get rid of any shoes you no longer wear. Most people have a pair of shoes they keep around for outside work. While these may be practical, a potential doesn’t want to see your grass stained tennis shoes with the hole in the right toe area. If you must keep these shoes, store them in a shoebox that is out of sight.
For bathroom closets, get rid of half used bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Keep towels and wash clothes neatly folded according to color and use. Follow the same procedure with linen closets.
Home Staging Tips from Your Real Estate Agent
If getting your closets ready for potential buyers sounds like a time consuming task that you’re not prepared to tackle, seek the advice of your real estate agent. They have extensive knowledge and experience with all things in the home selling process. They may even know professionals that you can hire to do this job for you.
When you are ready to sell your house, give The Ballen Network a call at 1-800-805-8354 to find a great Realtor® in your area. We are your one stop real estate shop!
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