Prepare for an Open House
When preparing a home for an open house, you can transform a space to one with a “wow” factor. But without a little extra attention to detail, even the most professionally staged homes can leave something to be desired. Here is a list of items that can make a home shine.
Switch the lights
It may seem like a big project, but switching out ceiling light fixtures is actually quite simple. Replacing old or broken fixtures can add a polished look and make a home feel updated. Remember that during showings and open houses, all lights will be on, so buyers’ eyes will be drawn to them. Choose something timeless that will go with any décor. And don’t forget the switch plates – dingy or yellowed light switches can make a staged room feel incomplete. You should even consider brighter light bulbs. It really makes a difference when the house is filled with light.
Touch-up the paint
A professionally staged home will have impeccable furnishings and accessories. But chipped baseboards or scuffed walls can undo that polished look. We recommend going through the home with touch-up paint and get rid of the most obvious offenses. It’s a simple way to hide the home’s age, and keep potential buyers focused on the its best attributes.
Stagers may add area rugs, but their not to hide scratched hardwoods or stained carpeting. We recommend that our clients make the investment into buffing and deep cleaning the flooring, so the rest of the staging looks at home in the pristine environment.
Add a little life
Staging companies may add artificial plants as décor, but the living variety are even more appealing. Fresh flowers and houseplants brighten dining rooms, entryways, and bedside tables. Go neutral white or use this as an opportunity to add a pop of color.
Stagers will give special attention to the main living areas, but storage spaces like garages, closets, and basements are also vital selling points that need attention. Potential buyers look for roomy areas where they’ll be able to fit all their stuff. If basements and garages are overcrowded, it might send the signal that the home isn’t big enough for the buyers’ needs. We recommend renting a storage space to help declutter and make every inch of the home irresistible!