Whether you’re selling your house on your own or using a realtor, your next open house is the perfect opportunity to gain some traction.
These 4 tips for dressing up that open house can help you sell your house quickly and for top dollar.
1. Declutter, Clean, and Repair
You can bring in all the pretty things, but if you don’t declutter, clean, and make repairs, then it’s like putting lipstick on a pig. This is an absolutely essential part of preparing for your next open house. Start by removing all the excess stuff from your home or apartment. Eliminate piles of papers or magazines, personal collections, and anything else that looks cluttered. A general rule of thumb is to remove a third of everything you own from your house. Once the clutter is gone, you can focus on cleaning and fixing what’s broken.
2. Light Staging
Our next tip is to do some light staging. There’s no need to go overboard here, but even a small amount of staging can have a big impact. Upgrading your throw pillows and rugs is a small but simple way to freshen up your home. Add some plants and put fresh flowers on the table. Arrange furniture to make the rooms feel open and comfortable. Keep everything clean, simple, and intentional.
3. Make Sure it Smells Nice
Scent can evoke powerful emotions in buyers, for better or for worse, and there’s nothing worse than walking into a home that has a stink. Don’t let this happen at your open house or you’ll have buyers walking out the door faster than they’re coming in. The thorough cleaning you did earlier should help with any funky smells, but it’s a good idea to bring in some neutral parties who don’t live in your home to identify any odors.
Use caution when you’re picking a scent to fill your home with during the open house. Even pleasant smells that are too powerful can be off putting. Research shows that the scent most appealing to buyers is orange, so going with a simple orange scent throughout your home is a good idea. Avoid blending different scents and don’t let it become too overpowering.
4. Provide Refreshments
Food has a unique way of attracting people to an event, so providing refreshments during your open house can help get potential buyers in the door. There’s no need to provide a full meal, but some simple snacks can go a long way. Consider setting out a plate of cookies, a charcuterie board, some fruit, or a snack plate. This will help dress-up your open house and keep buyers in your home longer, which is always a good thing.
WNY Home Buyers is Here
Is the thought of your next open house stressing you out? WNY Home Buyers is here to help! We buy homes in any condition in Buffalo, New York and the surrounding area. Selling to us is as simple as giving us some information about your home, getting a fair cash offer, and closing within the week. There’s no need for a fancy open house or time spent hoping and waiting for an offer. Contact WNY Home Buyers and get your cash offer today!