Four Game-Changing Tips for Preparing a Successful Open House by Guest Blogger, Seth Murphy
Selling a home can be a stressful process. Between setting up a stellar listing online, undergoing inspections, and keeping the space clean and inviting, there are a lot of balls that need to be in the air at the same time. For many juggling homeowners, the open house marks a golden opportunity to attract many potential buyers at once and hopefully close in on deal. It’s no wonder why homeowners are ready to pull out all the stops in order to make their open house stand above the rest. Here are four often-overlooked open house preparation tips you should know before opening your home to buyers.
1. Take the Hit and Hire a Professional Cleaner
Before you open your doors, you need to be absolutely sure that your home is spotless and clutter free. Personal belongings strung everywhere, unmade bedding and wrinkly couches all lend themselves to distract buyers as they view your home. When it comes to pulling off the perfect open house, the devil is in the details. Go ahead and spend a little extra cash to get your home deep cleaned by a professional. Deep cleaning your home will handle much of the little things you don’t have the time or patience to handle yourself. Most homeowners spend between $115-$227 on cleaning service. It’s a small hit to take in order to present a home that shines.
2. Light it Up
Most open houses take place during the evenings when people are getting off work. Depending on the time of year the sun may be starting to dip beneath the horizon, leaving your home in the dark. Dark rooms make spaces feel smaller and gloomier. Well-lit homes allow buyers to have a better look at everything it has to offer. As a rule, you should aim to keep your home as bright as possible. That means every light on and every window open. If your home is fortunate to have plenty of westward facing windows, having that natural sunlight pouring in on your open house will dazzle potential buyers.
3. Stage Your Home
As you prepare your home you need to realize that you will be hosting a variety of families coming from a wide array of backgrounds. When you stage your home, your goal should really be to create a space that appeals to the widest swath of people. You aren’t just selling a house, you’re selling potential. You want to present a space that buyers can picture themselves as occupying.
To achieve this effect, keep your furniture. It’s harder to picture what living in a space can be like if there’s no couches, chairs or entertainment center to spark ideas. In the same breath, you should drop the personal portraits and pictures. If you’re a pet owner, you might consider keeping Fido away and tucking his toys in the closet. Not everyone is a pet person.
4. Highlight What Makes Your Home Special
Every home has its “own thing,” that certain something that makes it special. It’s important to understand that your home is not the only option your potential buyers are considering. They have most likely been inside plenty of other homes and are weighing all of their options as every responsible homebuyer should. Therefore, it’s important to give them something to walk away with. If your home has lots of cabinet space, or a very large living area, accentuate these benefits and really sell what makes your home stand out from the competition.
Sometimes to get the result you want you have to think outside of the box. The same goes for selling your home quickly, and for a great price. By following these four bits of advice, you are sure to win over a few buyers during your upcoming open house.
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