Picture this – you’ve spent months making your home as easy on the eyes as possible. You’ve applied fresh coats of paint to the walls, deep cleaned the carpets, completed any necessary staging and maybe even hired a professional cleaning company to give the entire home a once over.
Potential buyers start coming through and you think all is in order. Until you get those first feedback cards and you realize you’ve forgotten something – the closets!
Now we’re not saying you need to keep your closets immaculately clean at all times, but you also don’t want their condition to prevent any possible sales. In other words, you need to remove the clutter.
Closets are easily overlooked when it comes to getting a home ready for showings. And we get it, they’re not always high on the priority list.
But while they’re not the most important part of your home, they can nonetheless turn visitors off if things aren’t neat and orderly. The last thing you want is extra clutter lying around when you’re attempting to sell your home, and closets can easily become cluttered and unmanageable.
But if you can’t use closets to store those extra clothes and other belongings, what are your options? We’ve got a few ideas for you to consider in today’s Oldfather Group blog, so keep reading below for much more on this topic.
Storage Units Are Your Friend
If you have items in your closet that you just can’t seem to part with, storage units are a great temporary option while your home is for sale. Do a Google search for storage companies in your area and then check them out in person.
Small storage units usually won’t run you more than $50 a month, which could be money incredibly well spent in the long run.
It’s most important to remember that putting extra clothing, and more, in storage will keep those closets looking uncluttered and visually appealing to your visitors.
Give Excess Clothing To Charity
If you have clothes that are a bit dated or maybe don’t fit the way they once did, there are plenty of great local charities that would be more than happy to take them off your hands.
And if you’re worried that an outdated dress or those mismatched socks won’t be welcome, you’re wrong! Many charities depend on donations in order to raise much needed funds, or maybe even to benefit the needy in more direct ways.
Now we’re not saying to use the charity box as a garbage dump to get rid of your holey socks or other damaged items. But if the clothes can still be worn, you can declutter your closets and do a good deed at the same time.
Your can even claim tax writeoffs with some items, so keep that in mind as well.
Change With The Seasons
One sure way to declutter your closets is to keep on hand only the clothing that you’re wearing at any particular time. If it’s the middle of summer, for example, you don’t need heavy coats and other wintertime items cluttering up your closet.
Pack the off season clothes in a box and store them someplace where they’re not in the way. It could be the storage unit discussed above or another place entirely, so long as they aren’t in your closet.
This will keep your closets looking clean and organized, any time of the year.
Take Advantage Of Attic Storage Space
If you want a place in the home that potential buyers won’t be looking, then it’s probably the attic. While it’s possible that they might take a quick peak, it’s unlikely they’ll be spending much time in this space.
So if you have an attic, particularly if it’s one that’s a bit more difficult to access, this is a great option for keeping excess clothing and household items.
And the important thing once again – they aren’t taking up space in your closet.
Put Boxes Where They Belong
One thing that clutters up closets pretty regularly is boxes resting on the floor or on the shelves above your clothing. A closet is not the place for a lot of boxes, if you’re hoping to make a good impression with potential buyers.
Take those boxes and store them someplace else for the time being. Just make sure they’re out of sight.
You want your closet space to be as clean and uncluttered as possible. And if it looks like storage space, that will likely reflect poorly on the house as a whole.
Add A Shoe Rack
If you have a lot of shoes in your bedroom closet, you need to find a way to keep them neat and organized during showings. A shoe rack is a great option.
Adding one won’t cost you a lot of money and it will allow you to keep all those pairs of shoes looking orderly.
The last thing a potential buyer wants to see is a closet filled with shoes strewn about haphazardly. And even if you arrange them nice and neat on the floor of your closet, this still isn’t the impression you want to make.
Use Your Dressers For Overflow Clothing
When touring your home, potential buyers will certainly be opening up all kinds of doors and windows. And this includes your closets of course.
But if you have bedroom furniture and dressers, it’s not likely that visitors will be opening these. I mean, what need do they have to see someone else’s clothing, right?
So if you have some extra space in your dressers, utilize that space and declutter your closet. Your excess clothing will be out of sight for as long as you need it to be.
For more tips on how you can prepare your home for sale, contact the coastal region’s number one real estate sales team today. Our agents have decades of experience helping local homeowners sell their properties, and they can certainly help you as well.
Give us a ring at 302-260-2000 or visit www.theoldfathergroup.com today for more information.