If you are planning on selling your home (the market is hot!), hosting an open house is a great way to get your home noticed. What may be even more important than the open house though, is making sure your home is organized and decorated in a way that highlights its strengths and ideal features and ultimately in a way that allows potential buyers to envision themselves there!
When staging your home for an open house, aim to “wow” potential buyers. Staging your home includes many crucial techniques such as decluttering, neutralizing, and depersonalizing. A home that is well staged will appeal to the greatest possible number of potential buyers. So how do you do it? Check out our best staging tips for your next open house:
1. Put your home’s best foot forward – Buyers will arrive to your home and immediately check out its curb appeal. Put your home’s “best foot forward” and prepare the exterior by buying a new welcome mat, keeping the yard and lawn well maintained, and removing any unsightly weeds or debris. The goal is to make your home seem as inviting as possible. If people see that the outside of the home is not well kept they might feel like the inside is not taken care of either. Properly landscaping and a fresh coat of paint can make a home go from shabby to chic in no time.
2. So fresh and so clean, clean – Having a squeaky clean home is a cheap and relatively easy way to impress prospective home buyers as soon as they walk through the front door. Associate Broker at CMK & Associates, Christine Gerber suggests to, “Declutter and organize all of your cabinets and closets. This will help to show there is efficient storage space.” Effectively cleaning and decluttering rooms (and storage spaces!) can create an openness makes your home feel much larger.
3. Take down all your adorable dog photos – Or cat photos! There’s nothing wrong with them, but you want to make sure to remove personal items such as family photos (that includes those adorable pet photos too), religious items, or any other personal touches that showcases your family. This will allow potential buyers to visualize themselves living in the space.
4. Small updates make a big difference – There is no need to completely renovate the kitchen or bathrooms when a few small changes can achieve the same desired effect. While you can replace your counter tops or paint, there are easier solutions to freshen up your home. Replacing dated light fixtures, drawer handles, and cabinet knobs can give the entire house an updated look. Many designers also suggest, adding metallic accents such as a silver or gold leather throw pillow, small garden stools, a bronze end table, or a metal serving tray. These small accents can make a room feel more luxurious and contemporary.
5. Mirror, mirror on the wall – After removing all family portraits and paintings from the walls, try using those leftover nails to hang up mirrors. Mirrors can be advantageous since they maximize light, making rooms appear bigger and brighter. In fact, they reflect even more sunlight around the room, leading to the appearance of a more spacious area.