When it comes time to sell your home, you need to keep one thing in mind: buyers don’t want to see or feel you in the house. What we mean is that buyers are looking for a blank slate that they can envision making their very own. They don’t want your family pictures, unique style, or lived-in look. Instead, they want a house that represents endless opportunities. How do you make this happen? How do you get YOU out of the house when staging a home for sale? Think about giving your home a hotel vibe. It’s one of the most successful open house ideas because it’s all about making your home into anyone’s house. Staging your home so that it feels like a hotel will help you sell it faster and for more money. But what does this look like? Your real estate agent will be able to give you expert advice on how to achieve this. To ensure you have that hotel vibe, you’ll need to go through your home room-by-room and focus on a few key areas.
Make a Glamorous Entrance
The entrance of your home is your one and only chance to make a great first impression, so you’ll want to make your entrance look and feel like a hotel lobby. If you have room, consider adding an elegant table with artfully arranged flowers. You’ll also want to keep it clear of clutter to ensure that it creates a welcoming feeling.
Create Plush and Lush Bedrooms
Bedrooms are typically the most personal rooms in a home, and so, for an open house, they should be depersonalized as much as possible. Remove all personal items from dressers and nightstands. It’s even a good idea to half empty your closet so that it looks neat, clean, and larger than normal. In addition to cleaning up, you’ll also want to transform your bedroom with plush bedding that’s reminiscent of a hotel room. Think white linens with throw pillows and crisp lines. It should feel like a hotel room from the moment they walk in the door.
Clean Up the Bathrooms
Just as with the bedrooms, the bathrooms should sparkle and shine. You don’t want potential buyers to walk into your bathroom and think anything other than, “This looks wonderful.” When staging your home for sale, your bathrooms should look brand new. This means emptying out cabinets and drawers of any toiletries and miscellaneous items. You should also allow a small budget for repainting, changing out old fixtures, and resurfacing countertops. As for the towels and décor, only use brand new items that are perfectly spotless and would look appropriate in a hotel. Every bathroom should feel like an oasis.
Focus on the Kitchen
All successful open house ideas start in the kitchen. That’s because a kitchen, if done beautifully, can get you more than your asking price while an ignored kitchen can kill a sale just as quickly.
The good news is that updating your kitchen doesn’t require a complete remodel. Small changes can make a big difference. To get started:
- Remove clutter from countertops until they’re completely clear.
- Clean all appliances and replace old, worn out equipment.
- Clear all dishes and keep them neatly stacked out of sight.
- Organize every single drawer, removing extra items.
- Empty out the pantry and fridge until only a few food staples remain in neat rows.
Clean and de-clutter your kitchen until it wouldn’t look out of place on a food show. Only then are you ready for an open house.
Tips and Tricks for Overall Décor
What about the rest of your house? There are quite a few things you can do to create that hotel vibe everywhere.
Bring in Light: Maximize the light throughout your home by removing drapes, cleaning windows, changing lampshades, and increasing bulb wattage.
Choose the Right Colors: Don’t slather your walls and furniture with bright, bold colors. Instead, follow the examples of upscale hotels with neutral palettes of warm gray, taupe, brown, and even black.
Create More Space: Add large mirrors and use appropriately proportioned furniture to create the illusion of more space in tight quarters.
Don’t Forget the Exterior: Don’t forget the outside of your home. Transform your back deck into a cozy outdoor living area, and make sure your front yard leaves a good first impression with a spruced-up yard, fresh exterior paint, and pops of color.
You don’t need a big budget or a brand-new home to create one that feels and looks like a hotel. All you need is a little bit of know-how and some elbow grease and anything is possible. Find a Coldwell Banker real estate agent near you today.