Picture Sherlock Holmes deducing the mystery behind the unsold home in a hot market with a favorable price and no interested buyers. As he snoops around for clues, what do you think he would find? No, he wouldn’t find the black mold in the basement deterring prospective buyers from making an offer, nor would he find the lack of atmospheric music and home-baked cookies during an open house. None of that matters, ultimately. Home staging isn’t simply about the presentation as it is about showing the buyer one important aspect of real estate: storage.
Selling Your House Is All About Selling Storage
The real estate trends these days are pretty clear, actually: storage is a big deal. How can a prospective buyer, though, get to see a home’s storage benefits if there’s so much clutter in the home? Sure, it looks nice to see those closets taken advantage of to the greatest effect, but what a buyer wants to see is the actual space as they picture their stuff occupying it.
That means you should empty your closets of at least half of all your shoes, clothes and detective outfits. Be sparse, almost strangely museum-like with the space. Go minimal when selling your house. Be organized. Let the space — not the stuff in it — speak for you.
Like the great detective would do, buyers will snoop while selling your house, and they will see if closets and cabinets aren’t kept tidy. Uncleanliness is unkempt when it comes to selling your house, leaving buyers fickle and walking out without ever opening up their wallets or purses.
This is especially cool to do if you just so happen to have a student go off to college with his/her first credit card, leaving some belongings in the closet. Get them out of there. Start anew.
And Before You Know It, Your Mystery Has Been Solved
It might shock you as you stage that rent-to-own home with an emphasis on an abundance of space and the offers flood in. Case closed, and the game was surely afoot, wouldn’t you say, ol’ chap?