Staging Closets and Cabinets – Stage to Impress

Staging Closets and Cabinets – Stage to Impress

How To Sell A House; Musings from A St Paul, MN Professional Stager (vol. 2)

Today’s Topic:  Staging Your Closets and Cabinets to Wow Buyers

In today’s How To Sell A House lesson we will turn our attention to staging the storage areas in your property.

Stage your closets and cabinetsOne of the secrets to successfully staging your property for sale is getting into the mind of your buyer.  It will be helpful for you to keep in mind that many people are looking for a new property because they have outgrown their current home.  You want to do everything in your power to show off every storage area in your property to its maximum potential.

If you want to master the art of real estate staging start with your closets and cabinets. Here is your goal.  Make it look like your family has lived in the property for many years and you still haven’t been able to fill it up! Buyers love model homes and touring staged vacant homes because they see vast open storage areas and it makes them feel peaceful and happy.  If you must live in your home during the time it is on the market you won’t be able to have empty closets…but you can have organized closets and that is the next best thing.

Organizing closets is the second most affordable, high impact, home staging technique that you can implement…I’ll teach you the absolute highest impact, lowest cost strategy in a later post.

Here is the thing.  In St Paul, Minnesota we all have at least 4 coats.  If you are a family of 5, that is 20 coats! I didn’t say this would be easy…I just said that it is critical!

5 Tips for Organizing Closets and Cabinets

Here are five easy tips and tricks to make clearing out and organizing closets and cabinets a cinch.  I teach my Home Staging clients in St Paul and surrounding areas these tricks all the time and always get feedback on how fast and easy the job became.

  1. Set a timer.  It is easy to get bogged down in all the stuff.  If you set a timer and only give yourself say 45 minutes to tackle the job you will make quick decisions and you will work hard to exceed your own expectations and get the job done
  2. Start with the most important closets and cabinets and work your way down the list.  For example, a master closet would get higher priority than an office closet.
  3. Pack away anything that you won’t need while your property is on the market.  If you are selling in the spring you might be able to send 15 of the 20 coats and all the winter boots over to grandma’s house for awhile
  4. Get a storage locker if you can’t bear to part permanently with the excess
  5. If your home is short on storage…add some. This inexpensive storage unit is made from low cost IKEA staples and has incredible function and style.

If you live in the St. Paul area and would like the help of a professional home stager I’d be happy to help you with your project.   If you have questions relating to this post, please drop me a
comment and I will do my best to respond quickly. You may contact me by email or call me at 651.587.5887.

There are more articles about How to Sell a Vacant Home through Staging on Christi’s blog.

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