Did you know that 64% of Woodbridge home buyers say they don’t have enough storage space? Or that closets are listed as the second most desired feature in a home in a national study by Roper Research? These real estate facts could make a difference in whether a buyer makes an offer to purchase your home and how close to list price for which you actually sell the home. Hopefully, these tidbits, along with the thought of more cash in your pocket, will encourage you to take time today to clean out your linen and coat closets so you can sell your home quickly.
As a military real estate specialist, I get asked all of the time how much stuff should I take out? When cleaning out your closets, use the 80/20 rule. This rule means that we use 20% of the same items 80% of the time. All of the extra pillowcases, sheets, napkins, etc can be packed or donated accordingly. It’s a good time to get rid of old blankets and towels. You may consider donating them to the Prince William Animal Shelter. Coats and winter clothes that don’t fit should also be donated.
In essence, you should anticipate removing approximately 75% of the items from your coat and linen closets. Once you have everything out, you will need to inspect the closet. After all, this is what home buyers see. Does the paint look fresh? Do the baseboards need a touch up? Are the shelves sagging? Homebuyers judge whether they can fit all of their stuff into your space. They will consider that if your stuff doesn’t fit, the house may be too small for them also. Shelves that are crammed with towels and closets or have items thrown on the floor are a huge turn-off.
If you want to sell your Woodbridge home for top dollar then you need to make your closets stand out. While everyone can’t afford a closet that looks like Carrie Bradshaw’s in Sex and the City, you can arrange things in the best layout possible to make the closet seem spacious. I often tour model homes to check out the latest closet configurations. Hope Hill Crossing has a wonderful assortment of linen and coat closets. I’ve noticed that they never use wire hangers, only the slim line hangers for a quick touch of luxury. You can also check out the sites that buyers review like Pinterest, Houzz and HGTV. Each of these sites have numerous pictures of perfectly organized closets. Consider these the ideal for making your home more memorable, and thus more valuable.
Now that your closet is refreshed, you need to strategically place items back into it. Buyers instinctively know if a couple is having relationship problems by looking into their closets. If they see only female or only male coats, they may assume that a divorce is imminent and therefore may undercut the price. So when placing items back into your coat closet, be sure to add both male and female jackets and separate them accordingly.
For your linen closet, think about how Bed, Bath & Beyond organizes their linens. Like items are grouped together according to style and color. Grey washcloths are in one pile, blue towels are in another area. Everything is tripled- folded so the linens look plump and sumptious. Once everything is grouped together it will feel much more organized and spacious. If you have any loose items that absolutely must stay in the closet, find a cute wicker basket to place them in. These little tips are a great way to entice buyers to think of your home as a retreat and thus justify a higher asking price when selling your home in the end.
Please comment below if you found this content useful or leave some suggestions of tips you’ve done to make your closets more luxurious too. And of course, if you’re in need of a real estate agent in Woodbridge, Virginia call Kate Haldeman. Thanks