How to Properly Sell My Bonita Springs House Fast with an Open House
Making Your Home Pristine for an Open House
by Suzie Wilson (Happier Home)
Here’s the deal,
An open house is an indispensable tool for selling real estate. What better way to sell all the benefits of your home than by displaying it in its best light?
While an open house presents an opportunity to make your house shine, it can be a wasted moment if the open house is not well-planned or if you allow any negative aspects of your home overshadow the good.
Here are some ideas on how to fully leverage the power of an open house.
Your Open House Begins Long Before Its Scheduled Date
In order for any real estate marketing tactic to be effective, it must be well-planned. Planning is crucial on many levels for an open house.
Before scheduling the date, you should be well aware of who your likely purchaser would be — because such an ideal person exists and your open house may be your only chance to introduce your home to this person.
How can you actually use this?
What does this perfect buyer want? The answer to this question will drive many of your pre-showing staging steps.
If your home is ideal for a young family starting out, it may be wise to ensure that the living space is family-friendly.
Spending your renovation budget on a vast master bath could be disastrous if the project took away from a potential playroom for children.
On the other hand, a young family may appreciate adding a kid-friendly tub to a bathroom.
The Key to Staging: Cleanliness
Buyers look for a blank slate in a home — a template for their life. They do not want to see a lived-in house, even if evidence of living might show how comfortable or user-friendly the home may be.
For open house planning and staging in particular, a clean home starts with decluttering.
Before you sweep, mop, wash walls, or paint, make an assessment of your clutter.
Do you live with piles of clothing on dressers, boxes of toys teetering in a basement game room, or a garage packed with all sorts of junk?
Since you are moving anyway, take advantage of this opportunity to depersonalize.
Discard things you don’t need and move those you do into storage.
Certain areas can contain personal items during an open house, such as well-organized closets, but be careful to only store enough stuff to show a storage area’s functionality.
Once your house is clutter-free, give it a top-to-bottom cleaning.
Aim for making the home as close to new as possible.
Be aware of any odors in the house, from smoking remnants to pet smells.
Ask someone for an honest and objective opinion about odors, as homeowners often become nose-blind to daily home odors.
Since pet odors can be difficult to clean, hire a professional if possible.
A professional can also provide a level of cleaning that is difficult for homeowners to achieve on their own.
After the professionals are done, however, make sure the home doesn’t descend back into a mess, especially if your pets are still living in the house.
Paint a Blank Canvas
Why does this matter?
You want buyers to envision themselves happily living in your home. In order to increase this possibility, consider giving the home a fresh coat of interior paint.
If your home is painted with several bright custom colors, considering making a change as part of the depersonalization process.
According to Zillow, buyers in 2017 wanted yellow kitchens and blue front doors.
As for the bulk of a home’s interior, it’s generally recommended to go with neutral colors such as gray or beige.
The best part?
An open house is a chance to show off and sell your Bonita Springs house fast.
Take advantage of the opportunity and show a pristine home that is welcoming and clean, and your ideal buyer may just come in and feel right at home.