When buying a home, there are certain features that probably catch your attention right off the bat. The bedrooms, the bathrooms, the kitchen and natural lighting are some common features that impress many homeowners. However, one area that many sellers don’t pay attention to — but buyers often notice — is the closet.
When it’s time to sell, the bedroom storage space is often an understated room that can supplement the beauty of the rest of the house. Closet space is a crucial consideration for a house on the market, so here are some ways to stage your wardrobe.
Staging a Closet
The master bedroom closet can be one of the most important deciding factors for a homebuyer. Even if it’s been an “out of sight and out of mind” situation for the homeowner, storage can make a difference to a potential buyer. Staging a closet produces a cleaner look and could increase your chances of selling. Thankfully, there are several tricks you can use to spruce up your closet and impress buyers.
1. Embrace white space. If a closet is overcrowded with clothes and boxes, it can appear cluttered and chaotic. White space doesn’t exclusively refer to the color on the walls, but more so the calm aesthetic achieved when there’s enough space for items.
2. Add fresh paint. Scuffed walls and chipped trim may give a worn, unkempt appearance to the space. Choose a color that’s neutral and calming, such as white, cream or light grey. Cover the walls, door and trim for a sleek finish.
3. Replace the hangers. This may seem like a minor detail, but hangers contribute significantly to the look of a closet. You’ve probably accumulated dozens of mismatched hangers over the years, but replacing them with matching ones can give the closet a more cohesive look.
4. Display the nicest items. When potential buyers are perusing your home and looking through each room, you probably don’t want them to see ratty college sweatshirts and ripped jeans. Keep the best clothing pieces, shoes and accessories visible.
5. Keep the floor clear. A narrow pathway that people can barely walk through isn’t very enticing. Instead of keeping belongings on the floor, put them on a higher shelf out of sight.
6. Minimize your inventory. For staging and trying to sell the house, try to reduce your belongings by 50%. That should help the space look cleaner and less cluttered. People also tend to be drawn to minimalism and white space.
7. Give the closet a thorough cleaning. Buyers often want to envision themselves living in the house when they tour it. If the closet is covered in dust, it could prevent a sense of comfort and familiarity. Wipe down surfaces, wash or shake out the clothing, and make sure the floors are swept.
8. Achieve a clean scent. Guests probably don’t enter your closet on a daily basis, but when buyers come to visit, make sure it smells clean. Let the room ventilate and install some air fresheners to greet visitors with a fresh scent.
In order to increase your chances of selling your house, each room should be immaculately organized to show the property’s full potential. Even if they are small and not entirely enhanced for storage, closets can still be used as selling points. Simple tips such as adding at least one inch of space between hangers can make a big difference. Ultimately, you should be able to see the floor and the back of the wall.
Today’s homebuyers often have a strong idea of what they want in a home, including the closet. Presenting a space that impresses guests could increase the chance of a sale and even inspire you for your next home.
AUTHOR BIO: Tom Happ is President of Closet Works, the parent company of CLOSETS.COM. Happ and his team of more than 100 employees use their vast experience in the closet and organization industry to design, manufacture and deliver custom storage solutions to homeowners throughout North America.