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An open house can have a significant impact on the property selling journey. As such, it is important for a property seller to allocate time and resources to prepare for an open house. If a seller plans for an open house, he or she may be able to boost the likelihood of a fast, profitable property selling experience.
Now, let's take a look at three things that every seller needs to know about open houses.
1. There is no shortage of open houses held on weekends in cities and towns nationwide.
Many open house events are held throughout the year in cities and towns across the country. These events commonly take place on weekends and enable sellers to showcase their residences to dozens of prospective buyers at the same time.
Ultimately, it is important to find ways to differentiate a home from the competition. If a seller can promote his or her residence to the right groups of potential buyers, this individual may be able to convince buyers to attend one open house over another.
2. An open house gives a seller a great opportunity to make a positive first impression on buyers.
As a seller, it is paramount to embrace the opportunity to connect with buyers. An open house allows a seller to do just that, as it ensures this individual can provide buyers with a stress-free opportunity to view his or her residence.
When it comes to getting ready for an open house, it generally is a good idea to clean both inside and out. Also, a seller should perform home repairs and remove home clutter. Because with a neat, tidy residence, a seller can make it easy for buyers to envision what life may be like if they decide to purchase a particular residence.
3. Every open house provides a seller with a valuable learning experience.
Regardless of how much a seller prepares for an open house, there is no telling how this event will turn out. However, a seller who sets realistic expectations for an open house can plan accordingly.
In the worst-case scenario, no buyers will attend an open house. If this happens, there is no need to worry. In fact, a seller can learn from the experience and use it to find new ways to promote his or her residence to prospective buyers going forward.
For those who need help selling a home, it may be beneficial to hire a real estate agent. In addition to helping you get your residence ready for an open house, a real estate agent will offer tips and guidance so you can achieve the optimal property selling results. Perhaps best of all, if you ever have concerns or questions during the home selling journey, a real estate agent is ready to address them at any time.
Streamline the home selling process – hire a real estate agent today, and you can receive comprehensive assistance as you navigate each stage of the property selling journey.
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Is your workspace feeling a little blah lately? The new year is just the right time to make a change! Make it part of your New Year's resolution to create a cheery, bright, and welcoming workspace by upcycling your old, dingy file cabinet into this blackboard-sided, pretty yet utilitarian piece of office furniture!
- A filing cabinet or cabinets
You probably have a filing cabinet sitting in your office or garage already and if not, you can easily source one from a thrift store or used office supply warehouse. If you do buy your file cabinet(s) used, be sure to check them carefully for rust and make sure you can easily open and close each drawer before making your purchase.
- Spraypaint and spray sealant
Choose a cheery color several shades more intense than your wall or carpet color.
- Blackboard paint
Blackboard paint is the best thing since sliced bread. It may seem like an expensive buy, but you won't use it all on this project unless you're working with multiple filing cabinets, and you'll find yourself wanting to use it all over your house: it's addictive!
- Tools to remove your hardware
You will need a screwdriver to remove the drawer handles and locks from your file cabinet.
You'll need fine-grained sandpaper for this project. An electric sander would come in very handy!
- Primer and/or Sealant
You'll need to use a basic primer to ensure that your paint stays put!
- Garbage bags and painter's tape
If you don't have a dropcloth, several large black garbage bags taped together with masking tape do just fine!
- Spongy applicators for blackboard paint (or a small roller)
- First, remove all your hardware: the drawer handles, locks, and so on.
- Sand your filing cabinet. Your goal isn't necessarily to remove the paint, but to create a rasp to which your primer can adhere, and to remove any peeling paint or flakes of rust.
- Remove the drawers and lay them out on your dropcloth. Next, use a spray primer to create a tacky surface to which your paint can adhere. Make sure you spray everywhere you'll paint, including your fittings if you plan to paint these. Some blackboard paint doesn't require a primer; read the instructions on your paint to find out.
Note: Spray the back of the cabinet as well as the front; you never know which way it will face in the future!
- Wait the prescribed amount of time for the primer to dry.
- Next, paint the left, right, and back of the cabinet and the space between the drawers with blackboard paint using your roller. Continue applying coats until the look satisfies.
- Using painter's tape, wrap a garbage bag 'cape' just beneath the top of the cabinet so only the top is exposed. Then, spray the top of the cabinet with your spraypaint. Then do the same with the drawers.
Note: Slower is better: do several light coats instead of trying to apply a great deal of spraypaint at once. Check out this great article for ultimate spraypainting tips!
- You may choose to apply spraypaint to the hardware, keep it plain, or paint it with blackboard paint as well. If you choose to spraypaint your hardware, be sure you've primed it thoroughly, first.
- Keeping the 'cape' in place, spray a sealant over your spraypaint. Do not spray the sealant over your blackboard paint.
- Once the cabinet is completely dry, re-attach your hardware and place the drawers back inside the cabinet.
Now you have a beautiful, bright, blackboard-sided filing cabinet! The blackboard paint along the edges of each drawer allows you to label the contents with chalk markers and easily erase them if you rearrange your filing system. You can put to-do lists or draw your calendar on the sides.
Some Additional Ideas for this Project:
- Do the entire filing cabinet in blackboard paint!
- Apply stick-on decals before applying a sealant over your paint.
- Mod Podge over textured paper, wallpaper, contact paper, old maps or newsprint to the front of your drawers rather than spraypainting them. Apply a sealant as usual when you're done.
- Use painter's tape to create amazing patterns on your drawers or on the top of your cabinet.
- Edge the top and bottom of the drawers -- or the top of the cabinet -- with washi tape. Use Mod Podge and sealant to ensure it doesn't peel up over time.