Are you selling your home? If so, you're going to have to host an open house at some point. In today's blog post we'll explore a few staging tips that make your house feel like a model home.
Make A Solid First Impression
Start with the front of the home and give a great first impression. Have the sidewalk, driveway and walkways power washed. Ensure that the lawn, plants and landscaping are healthy and look great. Clean the windows and address any external paint issues that may have come up over the years.
The goal is to ensure that your guests think "WOW" when they drive up. Keep staging the front of your home until the neighbors are jealous.
Clean, Clean And Clean Some More
Even if you think your home is 'clean enough', it's likely not. You've lived in your home for years, which means that your brain has learned to un-see certain aspects of it. Even if you're sure you've cleaned it as much as possible, you may have missed a few spots.
Here's a helpful exercise. Imagine that the President, Vice-President and Secretary of State are coming over for dinner. And that they'll be touring through every room in your home to see how you live. That's how clean your home needs to be for your open house.
Appeal To Your Target Buyers
Do you know what age range your expected open house guests are in? Are they first-time home buyers, young families or single professionals? If at all possible, try to stage your home to appeal to your guests. If they are younger, then you can stage the basement more as a media or entertainment room. If they have children, that might become storage and a play area. You get the idea.
Lighten Things Up A Bit
Regardless of what time of day you host an open house, you'll want there to be a lot of light. Open up all the drapes and blinds to let in as much natural light as possible. If you have to use artificial light, invest in high-quality LED bulbs. There are models that can produce light that is close to sunlight in quality. The more light you have, the better your spotless home will look.
The More (Room), The Merrier
Finally, do your best to open up your space. Remove all clutter and store it. Arrange your furniture to maximize the walking areas. But try not to overdo it. You want your staged home to feel livable -- and not like a series of large, empty caves.
There you have it -- five great staging tips that will boost your next open house. Remember, the fastest way to sell your home is with the help of an experienced real estate agent. Contact us to learn more about open houses, staging and closing a quick sale!