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5 Tips for Staging an Open House

By Mike in Home Selling with 0 Comments

Many people who own condos, lofts, and penthouses in Gaslamp, and many are looking to buy as well. Oftentimes, sellers choose to hold an open house to attract more potential buyers. The difference between a successful and unsuccessful open house can come down to staging, which involves making your living space look move-in ready and inviting to potential buyers. Here are 5 tips to help get your home ready to show.

1. Clean the House

Potential buyers won’t stay long to see the property if it’s messy. Beyond just tidying up, clean all the details as well. Dusting ceiling fans and blinds, cleaning carpets, and making sure the bathroom is spotless can make a big difference.

2. Declutter the Closets and Storage Spaces

Home buyers are looking for storage and closet space, so make your closets look as spacious as possible. Donate items you don’t use and pack up seasonal items you won’t need for a few months. Treat cabinets and drawers the same so buyers can see how much space there truly is.

3. Remove Personal Items

Buyers want to envision themselves living in the home, how their belongings fit, and how the space suits their needs. Seeing family pictures, knick-knacks, and clutter negatively impacts the move-in ready feel. Also, be sure to remove any pets and pet accessories from the home prior to the open house.

4. Update the Lighting

A bright, well-lit space shows well, so make sure you are maximizing the lighting in your home. Take down heavy drapes and blinds, and replace them with sheers to bring in more natural light. Replace any burned out light bulbs and consider updating light fixtures that make a space dim or look outdated.

5. Add Fresh Paint

Covering flaws and freshening a drab interior, fresh paint is an easy and inexpensive way to make your home look show-ready. Neutral colors show the best and appeal to buyers more than dark or bright shades. If you do want to paint, be sure to check with your HOA to avoid breaking any of the rules regarding painting.

Without the right preparation, it can be challenging to buy and sell real estate. Gaslamp residents looking to sell their homes or buy a new one should get in touch with 92101 Urban Living today. Give us a call at 619-649-0368 to learn more about the wonderful real estate available in the downtown San Diego area. ')}