While there are many factors determining a successful home sale, starting off with a nice clean presentation is always the first step. An often overlooked aspect of this presentation? Eyesore home technology. Here are several tips for an improved open house...or even an improved home for yourself if you decide not to sell.
Set a Mood With Music
Whether showing off a whole house sound system or simply using a small iPod dock, adding a little music can set a positive mood for open house guests. Avoid Muzak, and keep the volume on the low end of the dial so the music is not overly intrusive and consider potential buyers' tastes.
Whether to Turn on the TV
If you already have a large 70" HDTV or a projection screen setup in a designated movie room, it could be a calculated option to show off an home entertainment feature by turning on the TV or projector. If there is a local sports team or event, it may work in your favor to turn have it on (with volume off or on very low) - sports enthusiasts will love to know the score, may stick around a bit longer, and strike up a conversation. Otherwise, channels like HGTV and the Cooking Channel are likely a better bet, setting a domestic buyer's mood.
Cut the Cable Clutter
We've said it a million times and we'll say it again - unsightly cables are an eyesore. Taking the time to clean up messy cables will do wonders to improve the presentation of any home, but especially during an open house. Scan the house and target problem areas, like around computer setups, entertainment centers and video game systems, sound systems, and anywhere there are plugged-in devices. Untangle the mess, run cables and wires behind furniture and house plants, or purchase one of these to at least mask the clutter.
Put Away Your Media
Whether it's your prized DVD collection, collection of remote controls littering the coffee table, or accessories/peripherals strewn across a desk, make the effort to put everything away. Visitors are seeking to envision their lives and dreams, not the reality of another person's messy desk or coffee table.
Set the Screen Saver or Desktop
While it's debatable whether personal photos help or hinder a presentation, one can infuse a little visual style within a home office or work area by choosing an innocuous, but beautiful desktop wallpaper or screensaver. National Geographic offers travel wallpaper and screensavers from around the globe perfectly suited for this goal.
Beyond the TV, computer, and clutter, there are many small moments to spotlight a home's little perks. If there is a great reading nook in the home, stage the area with a Kindle or eReader set on with a favorite book. Be sure to point out any home automation features, such as motorized shades or remote dimmable lighting, alongside perks such as a motorized movie screen or kitchen TV set. Let potential buyers know about any "if you lived here" features not obvious at quick glance, and you may find yourself handing over your house keys to a new owner soon.
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