No matter how beautiful and spacious your home is, one out-of-sight area could still make visitors cringe: your closet. Especially if it’s small, dark, and cluttered.
“A house can be amazing, but if it has no closet space or the closets are super small, which you do see sometimes in older homes, that can be a major turn-off,” says Lori Matzke, owner of Home Staging Expert.
It’s a fact: Having ample closet space is a high priority among homeowners—all the more so if you’re trying to sell your place. After all, you never know if a home buyer is a fashionista with oodles of apparel, or just someone with tons of stuff to store (which is just about everyone else). So, trust us, home buyers checking out your house definitely won’t be shy about opening up your closets to see what’s up!
While you might be able to renovate and add closets to your home or make the ones you have bigger, that will be costly and not necessarily worth the investment. Instead, staging a closet to look its best is a relatively inexpensive way to make what you have look more appealing. Here’s how to do it right.
Declutter your closets
Get those garbage bags ready, because the first step is cleaning and clearing. You don’t want a potential buyer opening that door only to have an old box of scarves or your extra bedsheets fall on their heads!
Kris Lippi, owner of Get Listed Realty in Hartford, CT, suggests removing as many items from your closets as you can to show them off as spacious. If you have to invest in a self-storage space to hold your old boxes of letters or your holiday decorations, do it.
Add a fresh coat of paint—and a light
“Small or dark closets are never a good selling point,” Matzke warns. To maximize the space you’ve got, Matzke suggests painting the entire closet white or off-white to appear brighter and larger.
You can also add a closet light to brighten the space. This will give buyers the sense that they’ll be able to find things, even way, way in the back.
Finally, attach a mirror to the inside of the closet door or to the back of the wall, Matzke suggests, to add a sense of depth. This “can make the space feel much more livable,” she notes.