What You Need to Do Before Your Reno Open House
So, you’ve decided to put your home on the market right now. Maybe you’re downsizing. Or, perhaps you need a bigger place for an expanding family. Then again, you might just simply want a change. With prices on the rise and demand high, it’s a great time for sellers in the Reno real estate market. You’ll want to bring traffic to your door. One way to do so is through hosting an open house (or two). But, are you ready for your Reno open house? Let me offer you a “to do” list to make sure any open house you have is a successful one.
Preparing for Your Reno Open House
Time for a Little Elbow Grease
Hopefully, you did some deep cleaning before you listed your Reno home. But if you didn’t, you definitely want to do it now. Open your window treatments and then clean the glass until it sparkles. Vacuum the carpets. Mop the floors. Clear any cobwebs from corners throughout your home. Take the trash to the bin outside right before your Reno open house. Dump the litter box and replace with fresh litter. Scrub the toilets until they gleam. Then, close the lids. Make sure all your laundry is done and put away. Toys need to be tucked neatly away as well. And don’t forget to wipe down the counters, window sills, baseboards, and appliances.
Less is More
Before your Reno open house, get rid of all your personal items (school photos, family vacation pictures, plate-of-the-month collections, etc.). They should be packed away. Remove everything from your kitchen countertops. It helps make the space look much bigger. Pare down your wardrobe to just a few pieces you wear regularly. Then organize them by color. Same goes for your shoes. This helps make even a small closet appear large and luxurious. You might even want to consider tidying up the inside of your cabinets and refrigerator. Believe me when I say that buyers will look through everything when they tour a home. That includes closets, drawers, and cabinets. The extra items can all be packed up and stored away until after you move into your new place.
Hide the Valuables
Let’s face it. Strangers will be traipsing everywhere inside your home during your Reno open house. If you wouldn’t leave something on the side of the road, you shouldn’t leave it out during your open house either. I’m not just talking about your jewelry or family heirlooms either. Financial documents, laptops, and small electronic devices can easily be pocketed by a thief. While extremely rare, this does happen on occasion. Lock all your financial papers and other valuables away in a heavy safe. Or, put them in the trunk of your car until after the open house is over.
Let There Be Light…and Lots of it!
When it comes to your Reno open house, the brighter, the better. Take advantage of natural light. Open up all the blinds, drapes and any other window treatments. Add extra lamps to a dark room. If your open house runs into the night, increase the wattage on exterior lights. Even if it’s sunny, turn the lights on in each room.
Setting the Stage for Success
Another way to prepare for your Reno open house is through staging. The “less is more” approach proves best in this situation, too. Oversized furniture makes a room feel small. But small pieces in a large room can make it feel more like a cave. Neither one of these is a good thing. Choose key pieces to enhance the look of each room. If that means moving a dresser into the living room or taking a couple of chairs out of the dining room and putting them in the kitchen, then do it. Store extra furniture and accessories in a rented storage unit until your home is sold.
Create a Welcoming Environment
Freshly baked cookies or an assortment of finger sandwiches and bottled water make buyers feel like guests. Your Reno REALTOR@ will most likely be handling the refreshments. You can discuss this with them if you’d like. It might be a good idea to generate some curb appeal with a freshly mowed lawn, trimmed bushes, a new welcome mat, and some plants in pretty, colorful pots on the front porch. Create a warm welcome for all who enter.
Get Fluffy and Fido a Sitter
Pets enhance our lives. But some people are allergic to them. And no one wants to smell a cat or dog in the house. Even the sweetest pets get agitated when new people are in their home. It’s best to take them to the park and/or drop them off at a friend’s house while your open house is in full swing.
That’s right. Leave the rest to the pro you hired. Go to lunch and a matinee with your sweetie. Or, take the kids to the park for some family bonding time. Buyers get nervous when the owners are around while they’re touring your Reno open house. They can’t feel like this could be their home when you’re a constant reminder that it’s actually yours. Trust your REALTOR@ to take care of things while you’re away. After all, that’s what you hired them for.