Today we bring you a guest post from Suzie Wilson, author of The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House.
3 Simple Ways to Prepare for Your Open House
Whether you are selling your house on your own or working with a real estate agemt, hosting an open house is one way to get as many potential buyers interested in your home as possible. However, some sellers shy away from open houses because they assume they are too much work. The truth is, there are several simple ways you can prepare for your open house.
- Depersonalize the House
Potential home buyers need to be able to envision themselves in your space. To help them do this, depersonalize your home as much as possible. Depersonalizing your home is an essential step toward creating a welcoming atmosphere and helping buyers visualize your home as theirs.
Begin by evaluating your home. Remove personal items such as sports memorabilia, family photos, and other sentimental décor and store it in closets or boxes in the attic or basement. Remove wall treatments that have not been updated for five to seven years and replace them with neutral, updated items. Also remove personal collections, religious items, and books or magazines that are not considered neutral. If you have children, remove their artwork from your refrigerator and posters or other items they have on their bedroom walls.
- Stage and Clean Your Home
While you may not want to pay to hire a professional stager, your real estate agent should know how to arrange your furniture to make rooms appear more spacious. If you are selling your home on your own, you can stage it yourself by making sure it is free of clutter, limiting the number of items you have on open shelves and in bookcases, and removing extra pieces of furniture that make the home feel cramped. For more DIY home-staging tips, check out this list from HGTV.
Staging your home involves more than creating an open, welcoming environment and depersonalizing your home. It also means making sure your home is clean and fresh. You don’t need to remodel each room, but you should make sure that you clean every nook and cranny well before opening your home to potential buyers.
If you are too busy to give your home the deep clean it needs to appeal to more buyers, hire a cleaning service to do the dirty work for you. Cleaning service professionals can devote much more time and energy to making your home sparkle than you can when you are so busy searching for a new home, packing, and meeting with the bank and lawyers throughout the home-selling and home-buying processes.
According to HomeAdvisor, the average cleaning service cost is $165 nationally. It is worth the cost to ensure your home is clean enough to make the best possible first impression on potential buyers. You’ll also be able to keep up with daily cleaning tasks, like dusting and vacuuming, much more easily after the cleaning service complete the deep clean for you.
- Provide Helpful Information
People need to know about your open house in order to attend. Advertise and provide helpful information before and after your open house to increase the chances of selling your home. Begin by creating a property description sheet that includes your address, asking price, contact information, brief property description, number of rooms, total square footage, and special features.
Don’t put too many photos of your home on the sheet because you want to pique potential buyers’ curiosity and give them a reason to attend the open house. Place the sheet in a document holder beside the For Sale sign in your yard and post it to your social media profiles.
It’s also a good idea to create a takeaway for your open house visitors. Create a simple flyer with pictures of your home and descriptions of it. Include helpful information like a list of local restaurants, quaint stores, local events, parks, and other information that would entice buyers to move to your neighborhood.
With a little effort and creativity, you can host an open house and improve your chances of selling your home more quickly. Begin by depersonalizing to help potential buyers visualize themselves living in your home. Then, stage and clean your home and provide helpful information before and after the open house.
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