When selling a home the most important thing to do is host open houses. Open houses give potential buyers the opportunity to tour the property and imagine their life inside. It’s also a great way to build competition among those potential buyers. But some imaginations can use a little help along the way. To help those synapses fire in the minds of a buyer we stage a house. Staging a home makes it look its best in every room and even outside.
When a house is staged perfectly it may sell faster and sometimes for even more than the asking price you just need to know how to stage a house.
When staging a home, the details matter. Always remember that they may not buy the home for the clean doorknobs. However, they may not buy the home due to dirty doorknobs. What this all means is that small details will only be noticed if they’re not taken care of in the first place. Clean the windows, screens, and doorknobs of the house. People may not be talking about how clean a window is but they will talk about how dirty the house was.
Not every house has a garden but most houses have landscaping in the front and/or back yards. When you stage a house start with the front yard by power washing walkways and driveways. Then, fix lawns and bushes and any other landscape you have in the front yard. There may not be a need to completely replace the entire landscape but simply trimming and mowing can work wonders. When it comes to the backyard, adding nice touches are fantastic. Try not to worry about investing a little money into the appearance of your yard. Remember, that money will be coming back to you once the house is sold.
Before you started to consider selling your home you most likely had a list of projects that you wanted to finish. These projects could be to paint a room or replace the cabinets in the kitchen. Now is the perfect time to finish this list of projects. Before you finish the projects though, take a look into what’s trendy in the market. For example, maybe you wanted to paint the family room, look into colors that are trendy in homes today and go with one of those. This will help make your home appear well maintained.
Clean The House
It’s important that when you stage a house the house is clean not only inside but outside. Power wash the siding and clean out the gutters. A simple power wash can take a few years off your home. Before you tackle this project consider hiring a professional. Power washers are powerful and can damage a house’s siding. Once damaged, it can cost a lot of money to replace the siding. In fact, it would cost you more to replace the siding than to hire a professional in the first place. Again, remember that all money spent on preparing your home for an open house should be considered investments.
The day of your open house add some final touches that show you care. Place all personal belongings out of sight and in a safe place. Beyond that, things like turning on all of the lights, opening the blinds and curtains, putting out vases with fresh flowers and serving food and drinks will all help. The last thing you can do is adjust the temperature in your home. Make sure that the entire home feels comfortable and then leave. If you stay in the home during an open house you may make potential buyers feel uncomfortable. After all, strangers are in your home, judging it and looking at all of your stuff. Things can get a little awkward. Let your real estate agents handle the clientele while you’re away.