8 Home Staging Tips for a Successful Open House

The only reason to hold an open house is to get your home sold! One of the easiest ways to get potential home buyers into your home, is to hold an Open House.  To hold a successful open house, you want to do more than just place a sign in the yard and an ad in the paper.

Staging your home to appeal to the widest number of home buyers begins by thinking of your home as a “house” and putting on your buyer’s eyes as you go through each room and look at it objectively.   When you look at each room from the buyer’s perspective, you will probably find that there are some things you can do to make your home more appealing.

Here are 8 of our top home staging tips to help you hold a successful open house.

  1.  Cleaning
    This cannot be stressed enough. Every room in your home must be spotless. If a buyer sees dust, fingerprints, dirty windows, stained carpet or a not-so-clean kitchen or bathroom, it’s a huge turn-off. If the thought of cleaning your entire home seems overwhelming, consider hiring a heavy cleaning company to come in to do the hard stuff. They can do the heavy scrubbing, windows, bathrooms and floors, and you can concentrate on the less cumbersome work.
  2. De-clutter and De-personalize
    Although you are still living in your home, and might want to continue to surround yourself with the things you love, now is the time to get packing.  Personal items, family photos, and collectibles, can be distracting to a home buyer. If your closets are bursting at the seams, a buyer may assume your home doesn’t have enough closet space to meet their needs. Now is a good time to go through them.  Donate what you can, pack what you don’t wear very often, and hang clothes in groupings.   A nicely organized closet is always a plus.
  3. If It’s Broken, Fix It
    If you’ve been procrastinating about all of those home maintenance projects that you keep meaning to get to, now’s the time to get moving. Walk through your home and make sure all light fixtures work and all faucets, sinks and toilets are working properly. Make sure that any light switch that would be turned on when entering a room, actually works. Buyers will assume there is a problem if it doesn’t turn on a lamp or ceiling fan.
  4. Paint
    If you’re a fan of bright or bold colors, now’s the time to tone it down with a fresh coat of paint in a warm and neutral color.  Paint is one of the most cost-effective ways of assuring your home shows well during your open house. Never assume that you don’t have to paint those burgundy walls because the “buyer will”. The wrong paint color can immediately turn-off a buyer.   Remember, if your kitchen cabinets are outdated, paint can also be an affordable way to update your kitchens appearance. Forgie Home Staging & Redesign offers color and paint consultations to help you choose the best paint palette for your home.
  5. Replace Flooring
    If your carpets are stained, buckling or outdated, you should give serious consideration to replacing them.  Offering a credit at closing is not an effective strategy as home buyers will judge your home based on what they visualize when they see it. Choose a neutral carpet for bedrooms and consider tile, wood, or high-end laminate for main living areas.
  6. Update Light Fixtures
    Nice light fixtures can make a huge difference both inside and out.  Replace garage and porch lights to improve curb-appeal. If interior fixtures such as sconces, are outdated, you should replace them or paint them.  Don’t forget table lamps, floor lamps and chandeliers.  Make sure all light bulbs are bright and working.
  7. Curb Appeal
    There is a saying in the real estate industry: “If they don’t like the outside, you’ll never get them on the inside.”  As a home seller, you don’t want to take that chance.  Investing in your homes exterior to give it the curb appeal a home buyer will love, isn’t really that hard.  Paint your front door and add a new welcome mat.  Plant some colorful flowers or use a couple of potted plants. Clean or replace the mail box and make sure the house number is clearly visible. Pressure clean or paint the exterior. Keep your lawn mowed and free from weeds.  As the holidays approach, remember to keep yard-art to a minimum if at all, as some buyers may find it offensive.
  8. Open House Day! The Finishing Touch
    Now you should be ready to hold a fantastic open house.  We always recommend you add a few finishing touches to make home buyers feel welcome.  Add some fresh flowers to your home to add some color and a soft scent. Open all window treatments, so as much light as possible flows into each room.  Keep the temperature just right. Not too hot and not too cold. Offer bottled water and cookies to encourage buyers to stick around a little longer.  Don’t forget the front or back porch. Make it inviting so a buyer can visualize them relaxing there.  And last but not least, remember to leave!

Until next time,

Elayne