Tips on How to Prepare for Your Open House

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If you’re trying to sell your home, you want every opportunity to get it sold quickly and for the right price. One of the best ways to sell your home is to host an open house, so you’ll need to get to work on prepping for this event. Putting your best effort into your open house is key to making it successful.

Consider an open house like a first date. You want to look your best and show off your best qualities. So, you’ll need to get your home cleaner than it’s ever been before. That means a top-to-bottom cleaning. If you’re going to do the job yourself, don’t do it without a quality vacuum (check online for reviews). Otherwise, consider hiring a cleaning service. Not only does it save you time and stress, but professionals will do a much more thorough cleaning.

Remove all the clutter. This means clearing off every counter surface and shelf and removing all piles. A few decorative pieces are fine, but you want to show off all the counter space you have. It’s also a good idea to remove 50 to 70 percent of your items from the home, including furniture and even clothing. The less stuff you have in the home, the more spacious it will look. Removing clothing will free up more space in your closets. If the closets are stuffed full, it will appear that there is not enough storage in your home.

Shampoo your carpets and wax your hardwood floors. Carpets tend to get stains on them during normal wear and tear, so get them completely shampooed before you put the home on the market. This will also help remove any stubborn pet odors left in the carpet that you don’t notice.

Take your pets out of the home. You may need to board them for the day or have them stay at a friend’s house, but you definitely don’t want them to stay at the home. Even if your dog is kept away from home buyers, all the extra activity could agitate him. Also, people leave doors and gates open all the time, so he could escape.

Do some yard work.Mow the lawn and mulch the flower beds. Trim trees, plants, and shrubs. Plant some extra flowers to make the place more welcoming. Set up patio furniture so that the buyer can see what’s possible for a backyard barbecue.

Remove all your valuables. If you have expensive jewelry or other heirlooms in the home, pull them out and store them somewhere else. Depersonalize the home by taking family portraits and photos out of the home. Go ahead and start packing them up for your move. It may seem like it makes the place more cozy, but it actually makes your buyer see you instead of themselves in the home.

When it’s time for an open house, you want your home to look like a showcase. When family and friends visit, they are there to see you. When potential buyers visit, they are only there to imagine themselves in the home. With just a few extra steps, your home will shine, and soon you’ll have a generous offer and be ready to move into your new place.

By: Suzie Wilson |