Are you growing weary of keeping your home immaculate? Have the kids and corgi grown tired of making themselves “scarce?” Yes, selling a house can be stressful for everyone. That’s why prepping for your open house–and all of the prospective homebuyers that will pass through it–is so important. It is, after all, a great opportunity to sell your property and move on with your life.
He looks hopeful. Perhaps this will be the day you sell your house.
In order to maximize your open house’s potential, there are a few important steps that you should take.
Sure, you have a fondness for your “stuff.” You likely think it’s superior to all other stuff and can’t imagine anyone else feeling any differently. But the truth is that to someone else, particularly a prospective home buyer, your stuff just gets in the way and prevents them from seeing what they came to see–your home.
In order to show off your home and enable potential purchasers to picture themselves living in it, you need to de-clutter and depersonalize.
If your antique draperies or state-of-the-art washing machine are not included in the sale, remove them. Seriously. The buyer will almost always want what they can’t have, so don’t let them see it in the first place.
Your open house is open to everyone but you, your family, and your family pets. If your wishes come true, you won’t be living there anymore–so think of this as a dress rehearsal.
The truth is that prospective buyers will not feel free to ask questions, make comments, or express concerns with you present. They may also feel shy about peeking in your closets and other storage spaces. And they certainly won’t be able to imagine themselves living in your home unless you are absent.
You also need to make sure that your pets have somewhere else to go for those few hours. The last thing you want is a dog barking or jumping up on visitors, your cat getting under foot, or a prospective buyer fleeing the premises due to an allergy-induced asthma attack.
You, obviously, want your home to be immaculate. Even if it’s summer, winter, or fall, this is the perfect time to conduct another spring cleaning. On top of the usual chores, here are a few often overlooked tasks that need to be done.
Congratulations! Your home is almost ready for your open house. Almost. The only thing left to do is add some finishing touches that will dazzle your prospects and have them wanting to call your house their home.
You did it! You sold your home. Pat yourself on the back and put those feet up.
Voila. Your home is now ready for your open house. So round up the kids and the family dog and disappear for one last time. This could very well be the day that your home goes from “for sale” to “sold.”
What tips do you have for someone staging their home?
Kimberley Laws is a regular contributor to HowDoYou.com and the author of two blogs, The Embiggens Project and Searching for Barry Weiss. A "Jill of all trades," she is a High School English Teacher and Certified Career Counselor with a background in makeup artistry, retail banking, and graphic design. She is also a scrapbooking, PEZ-collecting, car enthusiast who loves travelling and New York City.
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