Why You Should Stage an Open House When Selling Your Home

Why You Should Stage an Open House When Selling Your Home

 

Guest Blogger Suzie Wilson 

The most underestimated stage of the process is perhaps the preparation that goes into readying a home just for the open house. Often it is hard to know where to start. While real estate agents can help walk you through the process and offer advice, there are many decisions that are ultimately yours to make.

An Open House is About Exposure

Hosting an open house is a great way to help speed up the selling process. Done right, an open house gets the right buyers through your door. If not the day of, soon after.

According to US News and World Reports, a proper open house happens the first weekend the home is listed. It should serve as an announcement that it is for sale and get as many people inside to look around as possible, including your nosey neighbors.

People talk, and you never know who knows someone looking for a home. This is why it’s essential your home makes a strong first impression and stands out in people’s minds.

Make Sure Maintenance is Up to Date

If you have any lingering maintenance projects, do them before you place your home on the market. Most buyers are looking for a home that is ready to move into and after putting down a large down payment won’t want to fix that leaky pipe or any broken light switches.

Patching up these problems ahead of time is well worth the investment and will see your home off the market much faster. Smart sellers will also keep a list of all the updates they made to the home while they lived there to show buyers to show off how up to date it is.

Consider Small Renovations

You may want to consider making a few updates to your home to make it appear fresh. Pay attention to the floors because worn carpets and scratched hardwood can be a huge turn-off. If you have the budget, use it here.

Updating the lighting fixtures is another excellent way to update your interior on a limited budget while still making it look expensive. Applying a fresh coat of paint to patch up any chips is a great cheap and simple way to liven up a home. Houzz.com recommends removing any bright and bold colors and sticking to neutrals.

Declutter and Depersonalize

Help buyers see themselves living in your home by removing any trace of you. Take down family photos, sports and religious items, and any bold and personal interior design. While this may be difficult, remember that you once you put your home on the market, it becomes a product.

Be sure to declutter your home. Not only does this help depersonalize, but also help your house feel bigger. Do not be afraid to play around with your floor plans either. Some real estate agents will even tell you to remove one piece of furniture from each room to help it appear more spacious.

Setting the Stage

A good staging can help sell your home sooner. Your home should be spotless the moment it is officially on the market until the day it sells. Consider deep cleaning your carpets and power washing the side of your house. Counters should be scrubbed clean and closets and drawers organized.

Once clean, focus on making your home welcoming. Focus on the entry points, like the yard and front entrance to draw buyers inside. Brighten rooms with flowers and let in the light. Be sure to set the dining room table and have new towels in the bathroom. Even consider the age-old baking cookies trick to make the house smell inviting.

Make the buyers feel that they are entering a home they can live in.

On the Market

It is nerve-wracking placing your home on the market. If the process is taking longer than you’d like, do not be afraid to seek out feedback on your home from real estate agents and friends on how to make it more welcoming. Be patient. The right buyers will come along.

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Why You Should Stage an Open House When Selling Your Home

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Evanston IL Real Estate August 2018