Preparing Your Home For An Open House Or Showing

Posted on: 10 February 2017

Showing your home to potential buyers is a very important part of the selling process and at some point along the way, your real estate agent may want to schedule an open house to bring more people to your house. The idea is, the more people come through and see it, the better the chance is that you will sell it. Preparing your home for an open house is important because you want the home to look its best when people arrive. Here are a few things to consider when preparing to show your home.

Creating Curb Appeal

Cutting the grass, weeding flower beds and sprucing up the outside of your home will set the tone for a visitor as they arrive at your open house. If the home looks great as they pull up, it will encourage people to continue inside to look at the rest of the house, If it looks rough outside, you may never get them in the door, no matter how nice your house is.

Cleaning Your Home

For most people, everyday clean is different than showing your home clean. You might have a routine that involves washing the floor once a week or vacuuming the carpets only if they need it, but when you are preparing your home for an open house, you want to do a thorough, deep cleaning that makes the home look and feel like new. The whole idea is for people to see how nice the house is and they can't do that if they can't see beyond a sink full of dishes or unmade beds and laundry piled on the floor.

Organizing Your Home

Now is a good time to go through your home and remove the clutter if there is any. Clean off things like the coffee table, kitchen countertops, and the top of the refrigerator. It is not uncommon to have a favorite spot to put things down when you come home, now is the time to clean that up and remove the miscellaneous items from around your home that doesn't really belong where they are.

Making The Home Feel Warm and Inviting

When people walk into the home, you want them to feel like the space is welcoming. One great way to do that is to select some scented candles or wax warmers and place the in the home strategically. If the kitchen smells like cookies or something baking, it is easier for someone to see themselves making dinner or cooking in the space. Be careful not to get carried away with this, though, too many scents around the home may conflict and cause the opposite effect that you are trying to achieve.

Staged to Sell

Sometimes adding a few pieces of furniture or some small items to the home can help it look more appealing. If you don't have a lot of furnishings or decorations in the home, it can feel like an empty space, and well this might not bother the person living there, it may make the home feel less attractive to potential buyers. Walk through with your agent and see if they thing you need to add or remove something from the interior before the open house.


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