When selling your home, your main goal is to put the property in the best possible light. Real estate professionals say that to boost the chances of getting a good offer in no time, you must make buyers believe that everything about their potential new home is perfect, or nearly so.
If you will be working on your home to prepare it for an open house, here are the recommended makeovers to make:
1. Improve curb appeal.
Work on your front yard or lawn to create a good first impression on possible buyers. If you have the budget, hire lawn care experts and landscapers to make sure that your outdoor space is not just tidy but attractive as well.
Also, consider installing a new mailbox or sprucing up your old one. Not only is a mailbox a functional feature for your yard, it can likewise contribute to the overall aesthetics of the property. Just think about the charming mailboxes often found in the suburbs that property owners jazz up with seasonal decor and other useful features such as lights, planters, bells, and others. Take inspiration from these mailboxes.
It’s worth investing on creating a custom sign for the property even just for the event. This will make it easier for buyers to locate the open house. Plus, it’s a lovely addition to your curb’s complete look.
2. Use flattering lighting.
Real estate pros advise scheduling the open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to take advantage of the abundance of natural light streaming into the house. It’s always nice to see how well-lit the interior of the house is even without electrically powered lights. So, clean all your windows, and pull the drapes or curtains to the sides to let all that natural light in.
That does not mean, however, that you should forget about the lighting fixtures in your home. You still need to make sure that all the bulbs are working because buyers will check if they are.
You can also use them to your advantage by creating a warm and cozy glow in different areas of the house, or to highlight beautiful features of your home such as a small reading nook or recently painted walls.
3. Implement repairs and get rid of clutter.
Inspect your property thoroughly to identify areas that require some fixing up and carry out repairs right away.
Also, clean up everywhere and tuck away personal items such as your family’s trophy collection and family pictures. Put away small kitchen appliances so guests can focus more on the amount of space the kitchen has.
For open houses, it is imperative to make the property look as spacious as possible and one of the easiest ways of doing that is by killing the clutter and clearing away all personal knick-knacks.
4. Install safety features.
Strategically placed outdoor lights, special locks, and even security safes are all draw factors for an open house. Buyers appreciate extra features that they know can protect their desired quality of life.
5. Create a heartwarming scene.
A little staging magic inside the house can easily make it more appealing to buyers. For example, setting up a board game in the family room and making it look like there’s a game that has been put on hold is a nice way to hint at simple times they can enjoy in their prospective new home. This also creates a nice little story in the minds of buyers and have them picture themselves in the story.
Another thing that you can do is to play soft and soothing music. It also would not hurt to serve refreshments. Doing all these things can contribute to the pleasant atmosphere in the house and make it more welcoming to viewers. Plus, you get to create a long-lasting impression by creating a positive experience.
There you go, five ways to makeover your home for open house success.
These have all been proven effective in turning houses for sale into a property buyer’s paradise. Implement these staging tricks and get a great offer on your home much faster than expected.
Jay Flavell is the General Manager at Sandleford Holdings. He has been working in the DIY & Home Improvement industry since 2007 and has vast experience sourcing and developing products from overseas suppliers in the Far East. Jay has also been successful dealing with a number of major DIY & Home Improvement retailers throughout his career.
Beau Flavell has been a Product & Account Manager for Sandleford Holdings since July 2017. He completed his VCE at Brighton Grammar School and also holds an A-Class Electrician License. Beau has been working on developing a new range of innovative letterboxes and currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.