Open House: 5 Staging Tips to Create a Welcoming Space for Buyers [VIDEO]
- By Tori Toth
When it comes to selling your home, first impressions are important during an open house. Watch as home staging expert Tori Toth shares five tips to help create a welcoming space for potential buyers.
TORI: Think of your next open house as if it’s opening night for your favorite movie.
TORI: The stars would be walking the red carpet, dressed to impress, promoting the movie and creating excitement and buzz — that’s what staging does to your home when selling.
TORI: Hey Tori here with ToriToth.com the place to be to create a home buyers or anyone for that matter will find irresistible.
TORI: You want to put your home in the best light possible so you can grab buyers’ attention as soon as they walk through the door.
TORI: That feeling starts online, then at your front door, and continues into the home.
TORI: Go through the home and examine each room as a buyer would.
TORI: This helps you detach from the space and view your home as a product.
TORI: In each room look in every nook, corner, high and low to determine a plan of action.
TORI: Write down your findings and create a to-do list to start working on de-cluttering, repairs and enhancements.
TORI: Your home needs personality, consistency, and an energy that excites buyers.
TORI: A small thing like how you greet a buyer at the door makes a significant difference in how they will respond to your home, so make sure it’s attention grabbing and helps buyers feel comfortable as they’re walking up to the front door.
TORI: An illuminated house instantly says come on in.
TORI: Light can guide buyers through the home and can set the mood.
TORI: So, open all your blinds and curtains to let natural light in.
TORI: Make sure all your light bulbs work and use lamps to light up dark corners.
TORI: OK, we’ve all come across a home where you just wanted to hold your nose and run out the door screaming.
TORI: Who can blame you — the sense of smell is the strongest of all the senses.
TORI: The scents and odors in a home can connect or disconnect buyers to a house with just one sniff so it’s important to get rid of the sources of bad odor rather than simply mask the scent.
TORI: Finally add some final touches strategically around the home, especially in the entryway.
TORI: A table lamp, decorative box, flowers, artwork, and a mirror are just some of the items that can create a statement when welcoming buyers into a home.
TORI: While everyone has their own style, a homeowner wants to present a simple, clean, and attractive home for the next owners.
TORI: Some accessories that always create a welcoming feel include: books, blankets, and even pillows.
TORI: Thanks for watching and happy selling!