Hosting an open house is a great way to attract DC-area buyers to your home. But in order for your home to sell quickly and for top dollar, it needs to look its best.
You can turn your house into a model home with a combination of home staging, curb appeal, and attention-to-detail, showcasing your home's best features and every square inch of space. The best part is, you don't need to spend a lot of money to prepare your home for an open house. We wanted to share a few of our best tips that you can do yourself.
As you may have heard in the past, staged homes often sell for more money and quicker than those homes that aren’t staged. My stager will give you professional advice and easy steps that you can take to get your home ready for her final touches.
The stager will appeal to Buyers's sense of Aesthetics by adding accessories to finalize and place the furniture in the most favorable way. Here are the first steps you can take to get your home ready for the market:
When people think of home staging, they often think of adding various items to the home. But actually, the best stagers know how to do more with less.
Make your home feel more spacious by removing oversized furniture (perhaps consider putting them in storage) and cleaning out closets and drawers. This honestly has a two-fold benefit because decluttering now will make your move down the road less complicated.
As a general rule, if you haven’t used it in over a year, it’s time to throw it out.
You don’t want it to be too cold that buyers feel like they have to wear a sweater to stay warm, but you also don’t want it to be so warm that they’re sweating. Instead, try to find a happy medium temperature (usually around 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) so that the buyers will feel comfortable and will want to linger in your home.
For instance, you might consider lighting a fire in the fireplace or playing soft music throughout the home. You could also turn on any water fountains you have, which are especially helpful in drowning out traffic noise.
But don't overdo it on the scents. Many people are allergic to various scents and deodorizers, so you might want to avoid using them. You might also want to avoid lighting any candles for the same reason. Instead, you might consider opening the windows to let in fresh air or baking cookies. Those are almost universally loved scents, so they will help set the right mood.
You will hear it over and over again: More light helps homes feel more inviting, cleaner, and spacious. So open the curtains, turn on all the lights in your house and remove anything in front of windows that might be blocking the nature light. It makes a world of difference during an open house.
After my stager has staged your house to get it ready for the photo shoot and most appealing to prospective buyers, it's time to think about what happens the day of the open house. In all likelihood, the home buyers that will be stopping by your open house will also be visiting other open houses throughout the DC area. How do I make your home stand out? Make the open house an enjoyable experience.
It might seem like a gimmick, but it’s a gimmick that works! Buyers love munching on snacks while showing homes. And as an added benefit, it usually encourages them to hang out longer in your home. So set out some freshly baked cookies, soft drinks, candy, water, or anything else you think will be enticing for buyers.
Remember, other DC home sellers are also hosting open houses, and you may be competing for the same buyers. Make your open house (and your home) stand out by offering some "thank you" treats and a note to buyers who have stopped by.
This has less to do with the open house and more to do with getting helpful information from DC home buyers. After all, you’ll want to know what buyers are liking about your home and what they’re disliking. Ideally, at least some of the things they dislike can be something you can change, if there will need to be future showings.