Prepping Your Home for an Open House
Guest Blogger: Mike Johnston
A home rarely sells itself. It usually requires you to invest some of your time and effort to present it properly and make it more appealing to potential buyers. The way you prep your home for an open house can increase or decrease the probability of selling it sooner and at a better price. Although there are professionals you can hire to help you with this process, there are some things you can do yourself to turn your home into a place any future homeowner will gladly consider.
De-clutter your home
One thing you should start with when you want to prepare your home for an open house is the clutter. All those little souvenirs, decorative and personal items, such as your family photos, your children’s drawings, toys and things like half-spent toiletries in your bathroom, should go before first buyers start appearing. Even the clothes that you don’t need this season should be packed and moved somewhere else. Not only will this simplify staging your home, but it will also make things a lot easier when you actually sell it and have to pack everything and move. Be especially careful with removing the personal items, since those can make buyers feel like they’re in somebody else’s home, which will then make it more difficult for them to see themselves and their family living there. In case you don’t want to take some of your belongings with you to your next home, instead of keeping them in a box in your garage, where they will only take up precious space, you can sell them online and actually make some money.
Don’t be too bold with colors
Bright red, orange and yellow accent walls might work great when you’re decorating your home for yourself and your family, but when you’re trying to sell it and want everybody to like it, you should take fewer risks with colors. When staging a home, instead of choosing bold colors, you should opt for neutral tones. Neutral hues of gray, cream, white and beige will look pleasant to any eye and they will make it more likely for potential buyers to imagine what they will do with the space, how they will decorate it and what style of furniture they will bring into the place once they own it. Plus, while bright colors introduce a certain hippy and cheerful feel to any space, neutral ones make it more subtle and elegant, which is exactly what you want people to see when they view your home.
Make your home a welcoming place
Once you remove the unnecessary and personal items from your home, you should consider how to make it less sterile and more inviting to the buyers. Your goal should be to create a feeling of coziness for them, so that they wish they didn’t have to leave and instead they could stay in your master bedroom and have a nap on the beautiful, soft linens on your king-size bed. You want them to have to fight the urge to get snug among all those thick cushions and blankets on your living room sofa or to wrap themselves in the big plush towels you left at the edge of your bathtub. These are all tricks to make people fall in love with the comfort of your home. Every accessory should be placed carefully and should breathe with luxury, which includes quality curtains on your windows and, if you really want your home to look picture perfect, beautiful antique rugs. They are a smart way to cover any damage to your flooring, but also a great aesthetic addition to attract high-end buyers.
Make sure your home is bright and airy
When your lighting fixtures and your windows aren’t doing a good job providing your home with sufficient lighting, it can turn into a dark and gloomy place which nobody will really like. So, before showing your home, make sure you open all your blinds and replace dark and thick drapes with light-material transparent curtains, so that you let plenty of natural light in. Also, don’t hesitate to turn your lights on when potential customers arrive, to light up even the darkest corners of your rooms. Strategically placed lighting fixtures can also accentuate the best features of your home, so use them to your advantage. Other than bright, your home should be fresh, airy and odor-free. If you know you’re presenting your home, don’t cook spicy food that day. In case you have problems with odors from cigarette smoke or pets, deep-clean all the upholstery and carpets in your home, paint the walls and open the windows for a few hours before the showing starts. It might also help to light a naturally scented candle or to put some fresh flowers in several vases around the house.
Presenting your property in the best light can speed up its sale and get it off the market sooner than you hope. Use these tips to efficiently prep your home for an open house and make every person who steps inside wish that they could live there.
About the author: Mike Johnston is a lifestyle blogger and DIY enthusiast from Sydney. He is a regular writer at Smooth Decorator. He has also contributed to numerous lifestyle, real estate and green living blogs. Mike’s goal is to create and share meaningful content that helps and inspires people.
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