What's in YOUR closet

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber RB14042341

what's in your closet?


     Realtors get asked all kinds of questions in all kinds of ways, but the one I love getting the most from people is what in my opinion is the most important feature of a home when getting ready to put a house up for sale? 

     My response is...in my best viking voice like the guys on those Capital One credit card commercials "What's in your closet?"

    Sellers often spruce up the curb appeal or make those little repairs,tear down wallpaper and paint in popular colors before listing their home for sale in order to attract potential buyers.  All great ideas in order to make your home shine above the competition....but what's the first thing a buyer will do upon entering your home?......Open the closet closest to the front door!

   Yes those stainless steel appliances are nice and those new countertops are fabulous.....but jam all the kids winter coats, hats, gloves, holiday decorations, board games and a vacuum cleaner in the front closet and guess what the first mental note taken of your home is to the buyers viewing your home.....There's not enough storage in this home!

    Now, instead of enjoying all of the other features your home may have....potential buyers will spend the rest the tour with their radar on for further proof that your home is cramped for space and may overlook things that they would otherwise have a greater appreciation for if you had just cleared out the front closet.

    If you're considering putting your home up for sale, start at the front of the house and keep an honest eye to how your home will be perceived by potential buyers and don't forget to get that closet cleaned out. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.




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Comments (44)

Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA


Great picture and post. . could be a great page to ad to your pre listing book if you have one. . .

Aug 07, 2011 12:15 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is good advice for sellers. Buyers always look at closets and are concerned about storage space.

Aug 07, 2011 01:17 AM
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

What a great post, and you are right on the money too!  I actually think it would be really funny to stage a couple skeletons in a closet (maybe a vacant house during an open house), or not.  lol

Aug 07, 2011 01:30 AM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Curb appeal is critical but so is entry appeal!  You're right, sellers need to start and the front of the house and clean it up. 

Aug 07, 2011 01:48 AM
Kimberley Kelly, SFR, HAFA, GREEN
HK Lane, Christie's International Affiliate, 760-285-3578 - La Quinta, CA
I do Real Estate like I played polo-to WIN!

Ha-ha!  What a riot!  Watch those closet doors..you wouldn't want something to fall out and bonk your Buyers in the head.  So true..

Aug 07, 2011 02:06 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Brian, you point is right on! It seems the closets often determine the size of the home.

Aug 07, 2011 02:41 AM
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

Great graphic, Brian, lol!  Many sellers never appreciate that prospects will look in their closets.

Aug 07, 2011 02:42 AM
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

I have it on good authority that the majority of Buyers don't want to know about the skeletons in your closet.

Aug 07, 2011 03:55 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

That photo is priceless!  And any house with overcrowded closets will be PRICED LESS!  (get it?)  I recommend that sellers start by packing up out-of-season clothing, footwear, equipment, etc.  Then donate/throw out what they don't need or use.  The object is for the floor to be clear, and the closets 25% empty.  For closets in bedrooms, I also ask them to arrange the clothing by type and then by color.

Aug 07, 2011 03:59 AM
Pat Braithwaite

Great article. Love the photo. I tell Seller to remember that their competition may be an empty home. Buyers can visualize their "stuff" in the home.

Aug 07, 2011 05:02 AM
Cari Dandy
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Homes for Sale - Scottsdale AZ

Very cute blog and photo, Brian!  A photo of a skeleton is a showstopper anytime! So hard to get people to pay the extra money for outside storage, but so worth it!

Aug 07, 2011 06:26 AM
Louise Thaxton NMLS 69996
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender - Leesville, LA
Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA

True, true, Brian!  And loving that photo - you did a great job and brought to front of mind one of the key items  buyers are thinking about - STORAGE!  Thanks!

Aug 07, 2011 07:44 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

I usually tell sellers that I don't care if the closets are organized, but that I need to be able to see the space.  I tell them to pack up all out-of-season stuff.

Aug 07, 2011 08:02 AM
Charles "Chuck" Martin
ROG Commercial - Las Vegas, NV
Commercial Advisor (Leasing & Sales)

Good Post Brian.

Aug 07, 2011 09:43 AM
Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate

Exactly right!  It's also important not to leave the closet totally empty.  A couple of items on pretty hangers would look great!

Aug 07, 2011 12:35 PM
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Hey thanks for the post today.  I love the photo........it says it all.


Amusing.......Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME  REALTOR

Aug 07, 2011 02:08 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Brian - That's a valid point, and if sellers don't think buyers open closets, they need to remember what they did when they were looking.

Aug 07, 2011 02:59 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Brian was there a sign that said “This is what happens if you don’t make a full price offer on this house?”

Aug 07, 2011 07:18 PM
Pamela Lauridsen-Bache
Century 21 Beachside, Mission Viejo Ca - Laguna Niguel, CA

I had a client who opened up a closet door and it was so packed inside that items came falling out. We laughed but certainly not good to have that happen.

Pamela Lauridsen Bache

Aug 08, 2011 07:56 AM
Glenn Freezman
Nucazza LLP & Home Buying Evolution, & Family Abstract, Inc - Fort Washington, PA

The Picture was great and the blog was great, but I think the slogan was, "What's in your Wallet"

Aug 08, 2011 09:25 AM