This last weekend I showed a townhome in Crofton, MD that was onehundredandtenpercent ready for (the) buyers. It was spotless, decluttered and organized. It looked clean and smelled clean. My buyers and I were wow'd and we appreciated the effort that clearly went into preparing this home for the market.
There were many wonderful details including a welcoming autumn vibe throughout the home, beautifully upgraded bathrooms (with decluttered counters and cabinets) and a perfectly staged pantry!
If you've followed me for a while, you know that I am not only a staging advocate but a hands-on stager myself. So, of course, this pantry caught my eye and I had to snap a picture.
What makes this pantry such a good example of a perfectly staged one?
It's clean. There are no spills, no crumbs, no fingerprints.
It's organized. Just look at the labeled containers!
It's fresh. It's not home to a collection of half-emptied bottles, expired boxes, or containers of sauces from various fast food chains.
It's spacious. Pairing things down to just the necessities or most-used items shows how much shelf space this pantry has.
It's a pantry. It's used to store food items, not stacks of old mail, plastic shopping bags, brooms, keys, toys, cleaning supplies, extra chairs, litter boxes, tools... you'd be surprised how many not-so-appetizing-items I've observed in pantries over the years, right next to the cereal, pasta and canned tuna.
Clean, organize, refresh, declutter, but do not repurpose the space... that is how you (or me, if you decide to hire me as your listing agent) perfectly stage a pantry before putting your home on the market.
A clean and organized pantry can also be a reflection of the rest of your home. It tells buyers that you have enjoyed living here and maintained your property. It is one way of making sure your potential buyer(s) will be wow'd, too, when they walk through your house for sale.