Declutter and Depersonalize: Tips for Prepping Your Home for an Open House
These days, homeowners who place their home on the market can’t just sit back and wait for someone to come along ready to sign on the dotted line. With a competitive housing market in 2018 and beyond, sellers must think in more robust terms, and that means marketing—using every tool at your disposal to get the word out and cast your property in the best possible light. That includes everything from signs to the internet and includes an open house. Some people have questioned the true value of an open house, claiming that it’s a tactic from a bygone era and only considered effective today because of its traditional role in the process. The fact is you need to use every opportunity to be proactive and distinguish your house from others in your area. Open houses still play an important role in making that happen.
Beneficial for homeowners and agents.
According to Linda Guerrero, “open houses are good to have as they benefit the sellers and the agents. It's also a great way for new agents to start their real estate career. In the old days, agents set up their open house signs and were ready to start. In today's world, your listings are online, you can advertise, invite people to come visit your open house on Facebook, and other favorite media sites. Meeting new people and prospective buyers in person is always a good thing to do.”
Here are a few tips to help you stage an open house that gets results.
Clean ‘til you drop
If there’s one thing that any prospective buyer will notice, it’s a home that’s dirty, cluttered, and disheveled. And the resultant negative impression will almost certainly put you at a distinct disadvantage. Make sure your house is in immaculate shape before you let the first buyer in the door, even if that means spending some money so that your carpeting, windows, and furniture are looking their very best. Remember that discriminating buyers will peer into every corner and closet looking for the slightest imperfections, so give your home a run-through before your open house to make certain nothing’s been overlooked.
Let’s not forget about curb appeal! Linda recommend to homeowners that their front yard lawn should be cut and cleared of any excess shrubs.
An open house isn’t about showing people how cute your kids are and how much you love your pets. Visitors should see your space as their space. Displaying pictures from your last trip to Disney World will just be a distraction, and it won’t do much to help you get your asking price. Depersonalize your home as you prepare for an open house, and do as much as you can to conceal that you have pets, which people often see as indicative of a dirty house.
People often make the mistake of overloading their living space with furniture and decorative items, thinking that it’ll enhance the look and feel of their home. It actually makes it look cluttered and disorganized. It also imposes your decorating taste and motif on someone who’s trying to get a good idea of what your home’s interior could look like. That means you need to pick up all loose items, such as papers, toys, and clothing, and remove any excess furniture. Open house visitors should be able to move freely and easily around your home and leave with the sense that there’s plenty of room and excellent flow, which is a very popular feature among home buyers these days. When it comes to moving, don’t underestimate the value of hiring movers to make things go smoothly and to reduce the stress of moving.
Using these tips to deep clean, depersonalize, and declutter your home, you will be one step ahead of the competition. Put in a little elbow grease and time now and your home will sell in the blink of an eye!
Article provided by Suzie Wilson from HappierHome.net.