Often Overlooked Home Staging Areas

Real Estate Agent with The "Z" Team 4 RE, Inc.

Often Overlooked Home Staging AreasSmart Ventura County home sellers stage their homes to highlight its assets and minimize liabilities.  De-cluttering, removing and/or rearranging furniture are just a couple of ways home staging can transform an ordinary room into an extraordinary one.  This is all well and good for the areas you do see (kitchen, bedrooms, living room, bathroom, etc).  But there are some areas that need home staging that aren't necessarily visible right away.  These are the often overlooked home staging areas.

As we stated in our last post, closets are one area often overlooked during the home staging process, especially if you aren't using a professional.  Ventura home buyers are notorious for opening up cabinets, looking through drawers and even opening the stove to peer inside.  Walk-in closets, in particular, are a highly sought-after item on a buyer's checklist.  You want yours to look its best.  Minimize clutter by getting rid of all the old stuff you don't wear.  Smaller luggage pieces can be stored inside bigger items.  Shoe racks keep shoes organized.  Even adding a couple of shelves can impress a buyer.

I guarantee your kitchen cabinets and pantry will be given the "once over".  Stack plates, bowls, etc, neatly inside.  When organizing your pantry, think about what a grocery store shelf looks like as inspiration.  Before anyone sees your house, empty out the trash bin.  Smelly garbage is not what you want potential buyers remembering.

Ventura County buyers also check out the garage.  Store all boxes neatly.  Keep tools put away in tool boxes or organized on the shelves/wall unit.  Extra items that are rarely used can be kept up in the rafters.  Even the garage needs to be neat and tidy when selling your Ventura home.

It's not just the stuff you see right away that needs to be addressed when selling your home.  There are a few common areas that are often overlooked during the home staging process.  In a competitive market like Ventura County real estate, you need to make your home stand out from the rest.  As they say, the devil's in the details.  Don't let your home be the devil of you. 

Dave and Pat Zumbrun, Your Ventura County real estate specialists

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Comments (2)

Gwynn Carpenter
Gwynn Teal Carpenter-Broker: Home and Hearth Realty (Austin) - Austin, TX
: Broker, Home & Hearth Realty (512)467-6191

Dave and Patricia:  O how this post needed to be written!  Opening closets can be dangerous to your health when all those items that were de-cluttered from the visual areas of the house get stuffed into closets!! 

It would be better to slide items under a bed "out of sight" than to clutter spaces buyers definitely will look in!! 

(ps....suggested, suggested, suggested)

Feb 16, 2012 06:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dave and Patricia- great advice. Buyers do open closets and pantrys and if items are all over and thrown on the floor it just distracts from their seeing the space.  And, some might think there isn't enough room.  

Feb 16, 2012 09:44 AM