Whether your real estate agent is running the open house or you are trying to do things on your own, these open house staging tips from Premier One will make certain you get the maximum amount of offers come the big day. Get this right, says Charleston Real Estate gurus, and you could be flush with full price offers that day, or better yet, a bidding war on your hands.
1. Removing Clutter – Your stuff is considered clutter to anyone interested in your home. The energy and effort they need to utilize to imagine your stuff not there could diminish the chances of them falling for your home. Don’t just grab everything and stuff it in the garage, these folks will be in your garage too and they don’t want to see clutter. If it isn’t used, toss it. If you need to, rent a storage unit and start filling it up. Another good thing is come moving time, most of your stuff will be boxed and ready to go.
2. The Home Makeover – When we say home makeover, we are not talking about doing several thousand dollars in renovations, instead, make use of these simple and inexpensive alternatives. Spend a couple bucks and give those dated rooms a fresh coat of paint. Hire a professional cleaning service to steam clean carpeting and upholstery that smell of pets or cigarettes. Wash all the interior windows, polish the bathroom tiles, and make any minor repairs that could distract your guests on the open house.
3. Restore the Curb Appeal – Call in the experts and allow these professional landscapers to increase the curb appeal of your property. Allow the team to cut the grass, trim the bushes, mulch around trees, plant flowers, trim trees, and even power-wash the driveway, fence, gutters, home exterior, walkways, and your deck. They key to getting potential buyers in the house in the first place is getting them emotionally connected with the property. They need to be able to imagine themselves in the house before making offers.
4. Appeal to the Senses – Once you have a rush of people in the house during the open house, it is key to work on their senses. You already cleaned the house, now we go after their sense of smell, taste, and hearing. Place some music in the background while visitors are in the home, most cable stations have 24/7 music channels with a huge selection of generic music. Have some cookies baking in the oven to appeal to their sense of smell and taste.
These little tips to help with your open house will put you in the best position to get buyers fighting over the property now.