When it comes to selling your home, one of the most important steps is setting up your open house correctly. There are many tips for staging your home based on where you live, but there are other factors that will determine how well your house will sell. Open house prep is key to having your house looking it’s best for potential buyers. Any experienced realtor can give you advice on determining what the buyer wants and what to do with extra issues like pets and depersonalizing your house. Here is how to prepare your home for it’s big day.
Open House Prep: Decorating
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in open house prep is not understanding how to decorate your home. Inside or outside, your house needs to look like it is great for entertainment, relaxing, and suitable for pets or children. This means the master bedroom, bathroom, and living room should be decorated elegantly and other rooms can look more multi-purposeful. Seating and shade outside is a huge selling point in Arizona. Flowers, food, and simple drinks are bound to make buyers feel invited and charmed.
Strip Your House’s Identity
Another struggle for homeowners is understanding that they have to decorate for their buyers and not themselves. An open house preparation checklist should start with making all of your personal items disappear. There should be no toys, bathroom supplies, dog poop, medication or any trace of you or your family having been there. This may sound dramatic, but there are many buyers attending open houses that are immediately turned off by the house not relating to them. You may think your house is perfect the way it is, but a different pair of eyes may disagree.
Dealing with Pets at Open Houses
When having to vacate your house for the day, it should be noted that open house prep includes finding a place to take your pets. While pet accommodating homes are a good selling point, your pets obviously can’t stay at the house while buyers are visiting. So where do you put them? Planning this ahead of time will be extremely helpful when you have contacted someone who can either house your cats or dogs or take them out while you’re gone. You may be at work and unable to bring them with you, so make sure you won’t be lessening your chances of selling your house by leaving your pets at home that day. You may consider a pet day camp or boarding them at a pet hotel for the day.
More Open House Prep Advice
Knowing the do’s and dont’s of open house prep can be stressful for a seller to figure out on their own. That’s why realtors at CENTURY 21 Northwest Real Estate are always ready to answer home selling questions and help you clean up your house just right. The last step to setting up an open house is to make sure to spend the day outside of your home to not make potential buyers feel uncomfortable or pressured! Trust in your CENTURY 21 Realtor to take care of your home and get it sold in no time.