It is very important to have your house looking it’s best for an open house and for showings. Remember that buyers are comparing your home to all the others they see on the market. That includes brand new professionally staged homes and other resale homes on the market that is similar in size, etc to your home. You, as a seller, are in a competition with other sellers for the buyers. Here are some tips to help you win!
For many homes and markets, professional help from someone in “staging” makes good financial sense. Like this video says, check your staging options first.
If you are doing it yourself, here are 5 key tips.
One – Depersonalize.
You want the buyer to envision this house being their home.
Remove the things that make it YOUR home – photos, awards, collections, and STUFF.
Two – MOVE the stuff.
It’s tempting to shove things in closets and attics but your prospective buyer will see a much smaller house if those spaces are full.
Move it to a storage space or a friend’s garage.
Three – Warm it up, make it feel like and inviting home
Baking bread or cookies
adding fresh flowers
and colorful pillows and throws
are touches used by professional stagers to make a place warm without your stuff.
Four – Light it up!
- Light sells homes, many builders put much higher wattage bulbs in their light fixtures to make the place look brighter and more appealing.
- Clean windows, inside and out.
- Light bulbs all working and curtains open or even gone.
Five – Go Away.
Don’t hover – leave.
Pack for a day trip for open houses or a shopping trip for showings and have your realtor tell you when to return
Buyers won’t envision themselves buying if you’re around, in fact they will leave ASAP because they feel uncomfortable
Depersonalize and move stuff out;
Warm it up and light it up.
Then leave and let the realtor do their job.