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Open House Prep - Haring Realty

As you prepare your home for an open house, our REALTORS® want to remind you that your entire property needs to be presented in the best light. Although many homeowners wisely invest in remodeling their kitchens, bathrooms and master suites, some sellers tend to forget just how important smaller rooms of their homes are. We insist that you don't overlook these rooms when planning your open house.

  • Laundry Room
    The laundry room is an essential room that should be prioritized during the showing. Buyers desire clean, organized spaces that make doing weekly laundry convenient. Stage this area with towels, laundry supplies and even an ironing board or clothing rack to present buyers with a space that feels accessible and functional.

  • Mudroom
    Mudrooms are obviously areas which are designed to prevent outside elements from making their way into your home. While buyers will understand that these heavily trafficked spaces will not always looks pristine, you still want to present them in the best light possible. Stage this area by making it seem like a convenient resource for homeowners. Install hooks to the wall for coats, cubbies for shoes and storage space to keep gloves, hats and other seasonal items.

  • Entryways/Hallways
    No matter which rooms your open house visitors spend the most time in, they will all travel through your entryways and hallways. Make sure these spaces are easy to navigate. Simply removing bulky furniture and replacing dim lightbulbs is enough to create an area that doesn't feel constricting.

  • Basement
    Many buyers desire basements because they can facilitate a number of diverse needs. If this space has stained or old carpet, consider replacing it. If you use this space for storage or infrequent use, clean it and clear it out so the buyer can envision the space however they prefer.

  • Attic
    Like the basement, an attic can be a huge bonus to any potential buyer looking for additional space beyond the traditional rooms of a house. You absolutely must repair and remove any ceiling leaks or water spots. It's also helpful to stage the space depending on its dimensions. For large spaces, consider staging it like a child's playroom or spare bedroom. For smaller spaces, stage it like a cozy seating area for hobbies or as an office.

  • Garage/Tool Sheds
    Even if your tool shed or garage is better suited for storage than for multi-purpose use, it's still important to give the appearance of a versatile space. Sweep these areas free of clutter and debris, removing all garbage and storage items left behind. Replace all lightbulbs and repair elements that look uncared for like windows or shelving. A potential buyer may not be fond of storing their expensive car or lawn care equipment in a space that seems neglected.

  • Pantries/Closets
    Although buyers may only open these doors for a moment, you need to make sure that these areas are clean and functional. Damages, clutter or dust can leave a bad impression. First, clear all items out of these spaces then clean them. If the doors, shelving or clothing racks are broken, repair them.

  • Outdoor Rooms
    Do you have a balcony, porch, four-seasons room or other outdoor entertaining space that separates itself from your back and front yards? Then you need to stage these spaces proudly. All dust, dirt, and debris should be removed, all outdoor furniture should be cleaned, and you should make the space look inviting. While you don't need to go all-out with staging, simply presenting a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the outdoors is enough to give the space some personality.

For more assistance staging, preparing or viewing Mansfield homes for sale, contact us today!

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