There’s no doubt that selling a home is challenging, stressful, and time-consuming, regardless if you’re the real estate agent or the homeowner. While finding buyers through listings is the foundation of the selling process, few aspects are more important than open houses. Of course, the purpose of an open house is to grab the buyer’s attention and hopefully receive an offer. In order to make the open house successful, you want to stage the home to look its best. If you’d like to learn the steps to staging for an open house, we’ve got you covered in our guide below.
Know what your target buyer wants
Selling a home is like selling a product, and you’re the salesman. This means you need to know what people in your area look for in a home. Once you have a rough idea of what people want, you can begin adjusting your property to meet buyer expectations. Keep in mind that people prefer the path of least resistance. In other words, buyers want a home that’s move-in ready or at least close to it.
Handle big picture projects sooner than later
An open house is your chance to appease several buyers in a short amount of time. This also means the property shouldn’t possess any major issues. You should replace or fix all major issues, such as a broken water heater, faulty appliances, or worn-out flooring. While these are large and expensive repairs, they’re necessary. You can also make your property much more attractive through small improvements, such as replacing light bulbs with LEDs and painting the walls in a more modern color.
Declutter, clean, and de-personalize
Most people have far too many items in their homes. In fact, the average American household has over 300,000 items in their home. In other words, you should declutter as much as possible, because it’ll make your home look larger and you’ll have less to pack when you move. Once you reduce the clutter, you’ll need to de-personalize your décor. Remember, you’re trying to stage the home to appeal to a large variety of people—not everyone wants the same décor as you. Finally, the property will need a deep clean. Because most people aren’t good at cleaning, you should hire a residential cleaning service for the best results.
While staging an open house can feel overwhelming at times, it’s not as bad as it seems if you plan ahead of time. By following our steps to staging for an open house, you’ll be well on your way to feeling prepared and ready to sell.
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