It’s officially winter. So, what better time than to focus inward, to preparing a home to make it presentable and ready for showing.
In its simplest form, home staging means making a home presentable for presentation. Please note, the tips that follow are not intended to replace the services of a professional home stager.
Tip 1: Make sure the home is spotless
Make sure the home is spotless, especially the kitchen and bathroom. This includes the basics, such as dusting and sweeping, and the not-so-obvious, such as the oven and the top of the fridge. If necessary, ask clients to steam-clean the carpets, and dry-clean or wash the drapes.
Tip 2: Remove the clutter
An overstuffed home seems smaller and is more difficult to navigate as potential buyers tour the premises.
Remove personal items, such as family photos. Make the house as neutral as possible so potential buyers can envision themselves in their new home.
Remove excess belongings or place them out of site where they will not be intrusive to potential buyers.
Tip 3: Image is important
Refresh the interior with a new coat of paint in a light, neutral colour. Repair ripped wallpaper and broken fixtures. Clean the windows, which will brighten up the room.
Tip 4: Protect valuables
Ensure valuable items, such as jewellery and credits cards are in a secure place. Secure medication and other items that are easily pocketed.
Tip 5: Secure pets
If there is a pet, such as a dog, ensure the pet is safely secured or off the premises during the open house.
Tip 6: Prepare sellers
Advise sellers of what to expect from an open house.
Tip 7: Stay safe
Have a second person assist you if you believe many people may attend to ensure there is someone watching the upper floor should you be occupied downstairs.
Write down the licence plate numbers of everyone who comes to the open house as they arrive.
Ask for identification from all visitors and require them to sign the registration form before permitting them to tour the property.
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