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Closets: To photograph or not to photograph?

Ok, the master bedroom has a custom walk-in closet in it: spacious, many shelves, shoe storage, lined drawers for jewelry, all of it, the whole nine yards, the kit AND the kaboodle.    So the listing agent or the seller thinks that a photograph of said spectacular closet should be included.


Are there more than eight (8) things in the closet?  You think I'm kidding?  Look at a closet catalogue.  Count the number of items.  I want to hear from anybody that finds more than five pairs of shoes in one closet; three is the average.

Next question; are those remaining 8 items color-coordinated?  Again I refer you to aforementioned closet catalogue.  

You want to photograph the closet?  Treat it like the rest of the house; STAGE IT!  

This is where a floor plan is a fabulous marketing tool.  You can show the size of the closet and it's basic layout.    No need to scare of buyers with all that visual clutter.  

My client (the listing agent)  asked me to photograph this first closet below.  I always photograph what my client or the seller requests.  Why not-it's all digital.  But with my guidance, these RARELY end up on MLS.

Cluttered Closet

This is the best closet which I've ever seen, and was comfortable photographing.  This closet was staged, and it still doesn't look like the catalogues:

Staged Closet


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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

How true.........even the closet needs to be staged. Color coordination is more soothing to the eye.

Mar 15, 2011 04:06 AM
Robin Dampier REALTORĀ®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

A very good point and well taken and demonstrated.  I do the picture taking for Robin and have encountered numerous closets that were special and worthy of a picture, but, I didn't because of clutter.  Next one I encounter we'll see about "staging" (can't imagine why I didn't think of that in the first place -- DUH!!) if the sellers would like a picture taken.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Mar 15, 2011 04:10 AM
Joan Pearsall
Best View Imaging - Worcester, MA

Sarah....so true that color coordination is easier on the eye.  And it's all about visual appeal, isn't it?   (Oooooh-I think that's my next blog title)


Sue...I never thought of staging a closet either until I saw this one, which was staged by one of my clients.  (Duh for sure).  But now I ask "Is it staged?".   

Mar 15, 2011 04:56 AM