3 handy tips to prep your home for an open house or staging

October 24, 2017


Preparing to move from one house to another can be an exciting, yet daunting, time. While you’re busy going through the checklist ensuring your new home is ready to move in, you still have to focus on selling your old one and making it appealing to potential buyers.

A major part of this process involves having open houses and stagings for interested parties. This gives them a chance to view the home and a get a sense of what it would be like to live in it. Because of this, it’s vitally important that you make it seem like the buyer can move right in and start their life.

Removing personal items and keeping them in a storage unit is a great idea for an open house.Removing personal items and keeping them in a storage unit is a must-do for an open house.

Clear out your stuff

As noted by HGTV, the first thing you should do is declutter, depersonalize and neutralize your home. Most potential homebuyers nowadays want a turn-key house, where they can just move in and live without having to make costly upgrades or renovations. The key to delivering this image is by removing anything of yours that might make it difficult for buyers to envision themselves living in the house.

Getting rid of children’s toys, magazines, pictures and other personalized items is a great way to making the house look move-in ready. You don’t have to throw this stuff away, but boxing it up and keeping it out of sight (and out of mind) during the staging process creates a “blank canvas” for homebuyers. Plus, this serves as a great first step in the moving process, as all of your stuff is ready to go into your new house.

A self storage unit is a great place to keep all of this stuff during what can be a long, drawn-out process.

Boost curb appeal

Curb appeal is how nice your home looks to people who are driving by or walking past, or, essentially how appealing it appears from the curb. Improving this aspect of your home is an immediate way to provide buyers with a great first impression of the property.

Poorly manicured lawns, peeling paint, cracked sidewalks and things in the yard that don’t belong there all contribute to poor curb appeal.

When you prepare for the open house, you should try to ensure the property has good landscaping, a fresh coat of paint and nothing in the yard that shouldn’t be there.

Freshen things up

With everything happening surrounding the home sale and moving, chances are you don’t have a lot of time to spruce up the house. However, there are a few simple things you can do to revitalize the inside, too.

Adding a fresh coat of paint on the walls can go a long way to brightening a room at a reasonable cost. Avoid a bland color, like light white, and think neutrals, such as pale green or light beige.

“Check for any broken items and make the necessary repairs.”

Consider hiring a professional cleaning service for a thorough scrubbing. This helps neutralize any odors you might have become familiar with, especially if you have pets. Be careful with using air fresheners though, as the scent might trigger people’s allergies.

Go around the house to check for any broken items and make the necessary repairs, such as replacing burnt-out light bulbs or windowpanes and fixing leaky faucets or wobbly doorknobs.

It might sound like a lot of work to prepare for an open house or staging, but this is crucial for quickly finding the right buyer.

As you begin the preparation process, remember the first step to depersonalize and declutter by using a storage unit. Contact SecurCare Self Storage today to find a location near you.

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