Preparing for an Open House: What You Need to Know

Preparing for an Open House: What You Need to Know


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So, you have decided to sell your home, congratulations! You are about to embark on an interesting adventure. All realtors know just how important an open house is to selling a home. With every open house that takes place, a property has the potential to be sold. Potential home buyers will be reviewing your home and if they like what they see, hopefully creating a contract in an attempt to purchase. Preparing the home for open house is essential, especially if you wish to impress buyers. Below are a few simple tips to prepare your home correctly, in an attempt to sway all buyers.

Start Outside

To begin, the exterior of your home needs to be cleaned and landscaped properly. This will include power washing any dirt and grime from the siding or bricks of the home along with cleaning up the yard. You want to make a good first impression as buyers drive up to your home. Make any repairs including paint touch-ups before listing your home on the market.

De-Clutter

For the interior of the home, the first step you want to take is to declutter. Pack away as much as you can so that you have only limited décor and no personal items. You want the home to be staged in each room but not overwhelming so the buyer is distracted. For many home owners, kitchens and living rooms are taken over by toys or other items. This can be distracting to buyers. By removing these items and leaving only the essentials, the buyer can see what the room is used for and envision themselves in the space. Box up and store what you can, leaving each room with only what it needs for function.

Paint

Take a look at the walls of your home. Do they need repainting? Is the paint peeling or old? Do you have bold colors in the home? Review the paint choices in your home as a neutral party. Most people may not like burgundy red walls or a purple bathroom. Think about how you can make a subtle change with a neutral paint color to change the space but still use your décor. It can cost very little to repaint a room but the effect pays off big time as you open your home up to more potential buyers tastes.

Clean

The next step is keeping the home clean. While open houses are staged for a certain time frame, potential home buyers may want to see your home at a different. Your home needs to stay neat and tidy so that if your realtor calls for a showing, your home is ready. This can be hard and takes some effort but your hard work will pay off in the end as you are able to sell your home and move on to a new space.

Follow these steps if you want to enjoy a successful open house. Taking time to prepare your home definitely pays off in the long run!

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