Are you getting ready to sell your home in the California Bay area? An open house is a great way to showcase your home to allow potential buyers to view it before making an official offer. Although not all sellers decide to stage their homes, doing so will definitely put your home at an competitive advantage!
Why Home Staging is Important
According to HGTV’S Designed to Sell, 98% of houses staged have sold for over asking price. In addition, the Real Estate Staging Association suggests that professionally listed staged properties not only look better, they also spend 73% less time on the market, typically sell for more, and buyer’s tend to view the home as “well- maintained.” Although staging is optional, those who choose to stage their homes find it to be very beneficial. Selling your home is a big financial transaction, so why not maximize your return? In a 2013 study, over 170 staged properties were valued between $300,000 to $499,000! Staging is an opportunity to showcase your home to entice a higher selling price and will surely get your house off the market quickly!
However, before opening up your home to others, make sure you follow these easy tips to really impress potential homebuyers!
Your home’s curb appeal makes the ultimate first impression for prospective buyers. The front of your home is the first thing people tend to notice. Make sure to clear the exterior of your home of branches, debris, and litter. Think about incorporating décor into your porch or walkway – something as little as colorful flowers and a little bench can significantly improve the look of the outside of your home.
Smell is one of our strongest senses. Each house has a unique scent and fragrance. We highly recommend neutralizing the odor of your home before an open house. Bad odors that linger in your home can turn-off potential buyers. Think about baking a batch of cookies and leaving them out, lighting a candle, or using light air fresheners to create inviting scents.
Your home’s entry is the first insight to the interior of your home. Make sure it’s clear of shoes, apparel, and any other clutter. Clean windows, glass, and mirrored objects of fingerprints and splatter marks to keep your house looking in tip-top shape.
Next, the bathroom is one of the most personal spaces of your home. Ensure that you tuck away any combs, razors, toothbrushes, and any other personal care items during your open house. Keep your bathroom looking as sanitary as possible by making sure that your toilets, showers, and sinks are clean and sparkling.
Ambiance is key when it comes to open houses. According to The Home Staging Report 2015, over 81% of buyers find it “easier to visualize the property as their future home” when it is staged. Laying out fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit is a great way to set the tone. Pops of colors are a great way to create a “wow” effect to make your home stand out from other listings. Moreover, prospective buyers want a home that they can envision as their own. Put away any family photos and make your home as neutral looking as possible!
Lastly, buyers enter your home looking for imperfections. Replace any broken or damaged things in your home – such as doorknobs and hinges. Change any light bulbs and redo any chipped paint spots. If repair is not your forte, think about hiring a professional to do some quick touch ups to your home before the big day!
According to the most recent statistics released by the Real Estate Staging Association, homes staged before listing sell 90% faster than homes listed on the MLS that are not staged. A nice, polished looking home can trigger an emotional response which can lead to an offer. Just like accessories finalize an outfit, staging is the final touch to make a nice property a beautiful home. At PRP, we have helped sell thousands of beautiful homes in the California Bay Area. Let our Bay Area real estate experts help you get your home off the market fast! If you want your house to sparkle and be sold quickly, contact Pacific Realty Partners today and we’ll help you get started!