You’ve decided to put your home up for sale. (Good luck from everyone at Closets Plus, by the way). I’m sure you’re asking yourself the question why home buyers are looking at home organization?
That means you’ll be working hard to get all the main areas in tip-top shape:
If not, here’s why you should.
Bigger is better
According to theBalance.com, this is the #1 reason people move:
- Home buyers often outgrow their “starter” homes. Increased family size is the main reason home owners say they need a larger home.
So, people are looking a bigger home to accommodate their family and their family’s belongings.
If your closet or kitchen pantry looks cramped and disorganized, prospective buyers will simply think there’s not enough room for all their stuff.
The storage areas of your home won’t look big enough, even if they are.
Home organization can be a big selling point; if your storage areas look neat and orderly.
- Taking out things which don’t fit inside.
- Removing anything that doesn’t belong (i.e. an old computer on your closet floor).
- Making certain it looks like things can be added (that way, your storage space appears bigger).
Peace of mind
Comfort plays a big role when deciding to buy a home.
And a big part of being comfortable is knowing that everything has a place, and there’s a place for everything.
When people move to a new place, they do not want to worry about storing things like:
It would be a nightmare for any home buyer: Sealing the deal and signing the paperwork, only to discover there’s not enough room for your belongings.
So remember, people don’t just want reassurance that the appliances are in good working order or that repainting the bathroom will be easy.
They want to know that there’s enough space for all their stuff; with room to add more as their family grows.
Room to live
Let’s say your garage is full – floor to ceiling – with things like:
- Sporting goods.
Anyone who enjoys working on their car won’t feel like they can do so in comfort.
Let’s say your laundry room is cramped with things like:
- Laundry baskets.
- Towels and clothes.
- Ironing board in a bad location.
People aren’t going to have a positive impression.
When selling your home, you aren’t presenting it in the way you currently live. You’re showcasing how interested home buyers in how they can potentially live.
Can showcasing closet space help your home sell faster?
According to Fresh Perspectives (a staging company in the US):
- Highlighting storage is one of the most important things you can do when selling your home – and most home sellers often overlook it.
And from the same article:
- Many homeowners simply use closets as a space to hide all the unwanted clutter, hoping that buyers will not look inside. But buyers always look in the closets.
If your home organization spaces are neat and tidy, that means the rest of the home will be too.
On the other hand, if your closets are a wreck, people will conclude that you only cleaned up for them to tour your home.
Staging tips for your closets
- Get rid of extra hangers and out-of-season clothes and shoes.
- Remove everything from the floor.
- Organize clothes lightest to darkest either top to bottom or front and back.
- Refold any items so they look crisp and clean.
- Create space between your hangers.
Wow prospective home buyers with a brand new closet space
As mentioned at the top of this blog, many homeowners update the kitchen or bathroom before putting their home on the market.
But transforming your walk-in closet and other organization areas will make your home more desirable and valuable too.
Have questions? Want to learn more? Book a FREE in-home consultation.
We’ll come to you, bring along some design samples, and discuss how you can modernize your storage spaces before the “for sale” sign goes up.