You don’t need me to tell you that the best way to get your home noticed on the market is to have an open house. Although it’s a big undertaking to get your home open-house ready, here are 3 tips to help you and your home get ready for the big day.
1. Prioritize and make a plan. If you were to do everything that needed to be done, your home would never be open-house ready, so don’t try and tackle everything at once. Find those things that need the most focus and start there. For example, that dining room chandelier that hasn’t worked in who-knows-how-long should be top on the list, while that small chip on the baseboard in the guest room closet can be easily ignored. Think about your buyer and what you need to do to please them. What can you do to make them love your home? Plan accordingly and follow your plan!
2. Clean and declutter. Get a toothbrush and start cleaning that grout! Buyers may not notice everything you cleaned, but they’ll definitely notice everything you didn’t clean. Make sure your house looks and smells pristine. Along with deep cleaning, start packing early. You don’t need those winter coats hanging in the closet right now; put them in a box! Do you really plan to read all the books on the bookshelf before you move? Put some in a box and declutter that bookshelf. Now, this doesn’t mean to pack up everything and make it look like no one lives in your home, just pack up some things that are taking up extra space and aren’t needed. You want your home to look more open and like there’s room to spare! Buyers will look in closets and cabinets, and if they see that it’s stuffed to the brim, it will look like there’s very little storage in your home (which you don’t want). A trip to Goodwill may be in order.
3. Make your home look pretty on the inside and outside. After cleaning and decluttering, make sure that your home looks gorgeous. Maybe rearrange the furniture to make it feel
more open or put up some new curtains. Whatever you decide to do, try to keep the decorations neutral. You don’t want a bunch of family portraits or religious or political objects. You want the buyers to be able to picture themselves living in the home. Once you’ve scrubbed and polished the inside of your home, don’t forget the outside. Doing some landscaping, sweeping and window scrubbing is a must, and a fresh coat of paint wouldn’t hurt either. That “curb appeal” you always hear about is a real thing. The front of your home is the first thing the buyer is going to see, make it a good first impression.
Your house is now looking gorgeous and buyer-worthy. What last minute things do you need to do to have a successful open house? Check out the blog on preparing for an open house part 2!
Check out some homes for sale in Gilbert and get an idea of what you want to do to get that curb appeal.
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