How to stage your pantry when selling your home

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

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?

Staging tips: how to stage a pantryIt'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. 

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Andrea Bedard
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Comments (8)

John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Andrea Bedard very good detailed report for how to stage a pantry when a home is for sale.

Nov 07, 2022 02:03 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Thank you John! More often than not, I see cluttered pantries in homes for sale or former pantries that have been repurposed to a catch all. A well-organized pantry can help sell a home! 

Nov 07, 2022 03:49 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a great point, Andrea... it's often those small things in a home that get a buyer thinking about how the home is being maintained and cared for.

Nov 08, 2022 05:04 AM
Andrea Bedard

All those small things add up to one big picture Nina Hollander, Broker. I do wonder sometimes, when I see return vents and ceiling fans covered in dust. That does not give me the confidence that big ticket items have been (well) maintained.  

Nov 08, 2022 08:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I totally agree about staging pantries (and cabinets). When I was moving from my last house, a lot of stuff when into storage and/or was given away. I made sure there was a lot of space so the storage area looked roomier. :-)

Nov 08, 2022 05:09 AM
Andrea Bedard

You know what sells Kat Palmiotti! The linen closet is another great space to stage but it's often overlooked. 50 towels cramped into a few shelves just doesn't look good. I ask my sellers to remove most, and roll up a few, color-coordinated of course. 

Nov 08, 2022 09:01 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Nov 09, 2022 03:03 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Andrea- I just spent some time this week reorganizing my pantry!!  When a pantry is clean and organized it adds to the overall sense of calm and peace your buyer will feel. 

Nov 09, 2022 07:02 PM
Andrea Bedard

Calm and peace... yes, Kathy Streib, these are the kind of emotions we strive for. Cluttered spaces don't accomplish that. 

Nov 10, 2022 12:11 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Andrea - I agree.  And in addition I would look at closets, garage, and basement.

Nov 16, 2022 10:15 AM
Andrea Bedard

Yes, especially the linen closet. A clean, organized garage can make all the difference, too. 

Nov 16, 2022 02:28 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Beautifully staged pantry. Thanks for sharing.


Dec 05, 2022 08:03 PM