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Make it Shine

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How to stage your home for an open house:

Selling a home is a challenge for anyone, but trying to sell it fast and for the most amount of money takes a little extra finesse. If you’re having an open house, it’s kind of like a first date. You want your home to look its best and show its best qualities in hopes of finding a potential mate. Except that your buyer is going to look at everything, warts and all, so you need to make sure it’s in tip-top shape.

Consult with your real estate agent about the home and what needs to be done to make it shine. Then get to work.

  1. Clean, clean, clean. Your home should be spotless: the counters shining, the floors pristine, the windows crystal clear and the blinds dusted. Scrub all the grout and shampoo the carpets. Leave no corner uncleaned.
  2. Remove clutter. This doesn’t just mean you should clear off surfaces. Remove about half of your stuff from the home so that it looks more spacious. If you have to rent a storage facility, then do so. It will be worth it.
  3. Fix it up. Fix issues that can distract buyers such as leaky faucets, burnt out bulbs, loose knobs, broken tiles, squeaky hinges and even worn toilet seats. These little touches can make a difference.
  4. Don’t forget the closets. Make sure all your closets are organized.  Remove some of your clothes so that they don’t look crammed full. That gives the illusion of more space. If your closets are stuffed to the brim, the potential buyer will think there isn’t enough storage in the home.
  5. Work on the outside. Plant flowers, weed the garden, add mulch, clean up and add patio furniture to the front porch and touch up paint. This will make the outside inviting. Don’t forget the backyard, too. Your buyers want to imagine summer garden parties and relaxing by the fire pit. Clean it all up and make it look ready to use.
  6. Remove pets. Board your pets or have them stay at a friend’s house for the day. Remove evidence of pets from the home, such as leashes, bowls, beds and old toys. Have a neighbor come in to sniff around and identify odors. Buyers don’t want pet smells in the home.
  7. Clean up the kids’ rooms. Don’t leave toys lying around. Make them look like a gorgeous showplace, like your kids are the cleanest, most well-mannered children on the planet. Buyers want to imagine their children’s rooms looking this way, too.
  8. Stage the dining room. Set the table like you’re having a party that evening. Not with food, but with your best china and centerpieces. Get a pretty, but neutral, tablecloth and make the dining room look beautiful.
  9. Stage extra bedrooms. If you’re using a bedroom for storage, clean it out and put some furniture in it. Borrow or rent some, if necessary. People want to see what it could be, and extra rooms mean a space for guests, not junk.
  10. Depersonalize. Remove photos of family, friends and pets. Remove anything that might suggest a political leaning, posters, postcards or other clutter.

Now that you’ve clean and readied your house for an open house, find something else to do for the afternoon. Go out of town, go shopping or visit a spa. Let your real estate agent handle the open house and make a sale. When your house sells for more money than you imagined, you can rest easy knowing that you made it happen.


About our Guest Author:

Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.


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