What's in YOUR closet

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber RB14042341

    

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

Aug 07, 2011 08:17 AM #25
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Cindy Edwards
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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 08:30 AM #26
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Bryan Robertson
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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 08:48 AM #27
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Kimberley Kelly, SFR, HAFA, GREEN
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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 09:06 AM #28
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Michael Setunsky
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Brian, you point is right on! It seems the closets often determine the size of the home.

Aug 07, 2011 09:41 AM #29
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Brian Schulman
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Great graphic, Brian, lol!  Many sellers never appreciate that prospects will look in their closets.

Aug 07, 2011 09:42 AM #30
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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 10:55 AM #31
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Julia Maher
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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 10:59 AM #32
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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 12:02 PM #33
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Cari Dandy
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
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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 01:26 PM #34
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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 02:44 PM #35
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Donna Harris
Donna Homes, PLR - Austin, TX
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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 03:02 PM #36
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Charles "Chuck" Martin
ROG Commercial - Las Vegas, NV
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Good Post Brian.

Aug 07, 2011 04:43 PM #37
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Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
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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 07:35 PM #38
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Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
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Hey thanks for the post today.  I love the photo........it says it all.

 

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

Aug 07, 2011 09:08 PM #39
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Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
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That is too funny. Cleaning out the closets often is a last thing to do, not a first thing. Ugh.

Aug 07, 2011 09:32 PM #40
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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 09:59 PM #41
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David Gibson
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Brian was there a sign that said “This is what happens if you don’t make a full price offer on this house?”

Aug 08, 2011 02:18 AM #42
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Pamela Lauridsen-Bache
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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 02:56 PM #43
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Glenn Freezman
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The Picture was great and the blog was great, but I think the slogan was, "What's in your Wallet"

Aug 08, 2011 04:25 PM #44
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