Hidden Home Staging

Hidden Home StagingWhen selling your Lake of the Ozarks/Truman Lake home, you want to make every room look as enticing as possible by removing clutter, depersonalizing the space and arranging your furniture so that it shows off the room’s best assets as well as its size.  This is called home staging.  What some homeowners don’t realize, however, is that potential buyers go through every bit of a home when considering whether to buy it or not.  This includes opening up drawers, cabinets and even closets.  These are the places where “hidden home staging” comes into play.

When you stage a room in your Twin Lakes home, the first thing you want to do is get rid of the clutter.  The same rings true with closets, drawers and cabinets.  For closets, take out all the old clothes, shoes and accessories you don’t wear anymore.  These can either be sold at a garage sale, donated to your local church or other charity (which means you get a tax deduction) or given to friends or relatives.  If they are in poor shape and beyond repair, simply throw them away.  A good rule of thumb with anything in the house that isn’t an heirloom or seasonal item is: if you haven’t used/worn it in the last 12 months, get rid of it.  It’s only taking up space. 

Organizing what’s left can make your closets look like they belong in a magazine.  Arrange clothes according to kinds of clothing (shirts with shirts, pants with pants, dresses with dresses, etc).  Then, you can further organize them according to color within each group.  This is much more pleasing to the eye.  Purchase a shoe rack to keep your shoes neat and tidy.  Shoe boxes and small plastic bins are great for accessories.  Put smaller luggage inside larger luggage to minimize the space they take up.

Extra shelving is always great to have in a Twin Lakes closet.  It seems that you can never have enough storage room.  If you have the budget for it, consider getting a professional storage system installed in your master bedroom.  Buyers love to see the added bonus of extra storage space.  However, adding a shelf or two will be perfectly acceptable if your budget doesn’t allow for more.

The same rules apply with your kitchen cabinets or pantry.  Get rid of any extra, unnecessary items.  Group similar items together: vegetables, soup, pasta, potted meat, etc.  Stack the cans and boxes neatly on the shelves.  It may help to visualize a grocery market shelf when “staging” your cabinets.  Dishes should be staged in the same way.

When preparing to sell your Lake of the Ozarks/Truman Lake home, don’t forget about hidden home staging, ie, the closets, drawers and cabinets.  Buyers will peruse every square inch of a home before they put down an offer.  This means drawers and doors will be opened and the contents inside examined thoroughly.  When you’re ready to sell your Twin Lakes home, let us know.

Crist & Sharon Fanning, Your Link to the Lake Lifestyle

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