So much of the staging advice published online is focused on full rooms, kitchens and the front yard. If you want to appeal to home buyers shopping in your community, you need to have every inch of the home in order, including your bathrooms and closets.
These tips will help you show off the comfort and storage options your home has to offer.
1. Go for a Cohesive Design
A lot of people just add storage and fixtures to their bathrooms and closets as needed. If you want to sell quickly, this attitude must go. Your goal is to give your bathrooms and closets a similar feel, as if everything was purchased at the same time and designed to work well together. If possible, invest a little money into matching hangers and coordinating baskets.
For the linen closet and shelves in the bathroom, add new towels and sheets with a pleasing color palette. New things make the space appear fresh and new. As an added bonus, you can take the new stuff to your next home.
2. Maintain Ideal Organization
No matter how you stage the home, if you are still living in it, you must be able to keep up the organization. Sort clothes in the closet by type, and make sure that the items you need daily are right within reach. Position clothing in the closet by size with the smallest items at the front, so that potential buyers can see what they might store in the closet.
Put your towels and sheets in the linen closet in a specific order. If you have never had cause to learn how to properly fold a fitted sheet, now is your opportunity. Place items on shelves so that they do not hang over the edge or fall off.
3. Avoid Overcrowding
Clutter is the worst enemy of the home seller. While you might use your closets to battle clutter in the rest of your home, selling a home requires you to expertly de-clutter these spaces as well. Always keep in mind that less is more, which will make it a lot easier to clean up quickly before a showing.
Take out everything but the minimum you need to function in the home and show off the space. Eliminate any items that are worn or do not go with the flow. Ditch knick-knacks on a bathroom shelf in favor of extra towels and practical items that are not so subjective.
4. Minimize Visual Clutter
There is a fine line between organization and visual clutter. Organizational experts laud the benefits of clear bins, because they make it easy for you to see what is inside. However, a clear bin full of decorations on an upper shelf in your closet can be both visually arresting and distracting.
It is the same for mesh baskets in the bathroom full of lotions or bath sponges. As you plan out your staging needs, go for opaque baskets or a closed cabinet. They will make the area look cleaner and more organized.
5. Commit to the Staging Plan
It does not matter how you would prefer to use the space. The goal of staging is to allow home buyers to see the home if they were to live in it, with as little of your own preferences shading their perspectives as possible. If you present a spare bedroom as a playroom or home office, commit to it. Fit organization in the closet to hold toys and games, or office equipment and supplies.
A bathroom depicted as a lush home getaway should not have a lot of excess stuff in the linen closet. While you want to show how much storage you have, you should try to avoid keeping big or bulky items anywhere. Move luggage and winter equipment to another place, or take them out of the home entirely.
6. Light the Room
A dark home is a home that is less likely to sell, whether it be in the Spring Hill area or anywhere else. Closets are notoriously poorly lit, which presents you with an obstacle. Too little lighting makes it hard to see and gives the impression of a smaller space. Harsh lighting discourages people from looking longer.
Balance these two extremes with gentle lighting that points away from a person’s face, emphasizing delightful elements of the room. Battery-operated lighting under shelving is inexpensive and easy to install, and will illuminate even the darkest corners of your closets.
Selling a home makes you think about clutter in ways you may never have before. Fortunately, it does not take a lot of time or money to get the last few aspects of your home in line with your staging plan. With these tips to stage bathrooms and closets, you can show a cohesive design and make prospective home buyers aware of your home’s benefits.
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