What’s behind your front door isn’t all that matters when preparing a home for sale. You can bet that prospective buyers will be opening every door in your home – including the closets! And you’ll need to be ready for them.
You want buyers to gasp when they grasp that closet door handle and give it a pull. But you don’t want them to be horrified by your clutter, rather buyers should be sighing in relief at the spacious, clean, organized closets that await their wardrobes.
Use Your Illusions
Even if you think your closets aren’t big enough, you’ve got to make potential buyers think otherwise. To do that, the first step is to take everything out of the closet in question. If it can be donated or discarded, get rid of it (see my blog post on Freecycle!). If it’s not in season, pack it up and put it elsewhere (a storage unit or basement storage area, perhaps?). That will leave you with just the items you need.
Now think, hotel suite or swanky clothing store. That’s the look you’re going for – spare, minimal, spacious, elegant, organized! Group your clothing by type and color. Use one type of hanger and make sure they’re all headed in the same direction (discard odd and unused hangers while you’re at it!).
Measure your clothing and hang short items on double rods (found at any hardware store and easily installed). Put your sweaters and purses in cubbies and make sure you’ve got adequate and attractive shoe storage too.
Half Empty or Half Full?
And make sure that there’s plenty of empty space when you’re done, since that suggest closets are generously sized. And generously sized closets may lead to a generous offer on your home phone for sale.
Lara Taylor – Realtor/Broker
Twitter – @AskForLara