How To Prepare Your Home An Open House

Posted by Blanchard and Calhoun on Friday, January 22nd, 2021 at 9:50am

Preparing for an Open House

Now that you’ve put the For Sale sign in your front yard and your property is “live” on various real estate databases, it’s time to open your home to prospective buyers.  Your real estate agent has most likely inspected your home and has given you a to-do list to get your home ready for showings. Additionally, we’ve also compiled a helpful checklist to help you prep your home for a successful open house.

  1. Curb Appeal: Make a first good impression with curb appeal! The exterior of the home and the maintenance of the front yard will be the first thing a potential buyer sees. Give your home some curb appeal by sprucing up the landscape.  There are many simple and inexpensive ways to create an inviting front yard such as: mowing the grass, sweeping the porch, pruning back bushes, pressure washing house/driveway, and adding a few plants or potted flowers. For more curb appeal tips and tricks click here.

  1. Declutter:  Decluttering before an open house is a must. A clean, decluttered home creates a welcoming atmosphere.  Buyers are looking for a feel-good experience, they are looking for space and they are visualizing how they can make your home their own. Your personal possessions not only creates a cramped space but it makes it harder for the potential buyer to picture the house as their own.  

  1. Clean:  Make sure your home has been deep cleaned. You don’t want to lose a potential buyer to a sink full of dishes, a ceiling fan blanketed with dust, and a reeking pet odor.  Everyone’s definition of clean is different, have your agent do a thorough check before the open house. Keeping a declutter, clean, and odor-free space during showings is a crucial part of marketing your home.

  1. Staging: You don’t necessarily have to buy a new living room suite or hire a professional interior designer to stage your home. The goal of staging is to make the space bright, neutral, and inviting. Simple things like opening the blinds to let in natural light and rearranging your furniture can make a huge impact.  Potential buyers want the space “to feel good” to them. 

  1. Relax:  Now that your home is ready for showing, go relax - outside of the house. That’s right, once your home is ready for the open house, leave and let the agent do the hosting. Your agent has your best interest and wants to sell your home just like you do - so trust your agent. And, let’s be honest, homeowners hanging around can be intimidating to a potential buyer. Give the house shoppers the space they need to tour the property, ask the agent questions, and decide if this is the home for them or not.

In addition to decluttering, cleaning, and staging, below are some additional tasks to put on your showing-checklist:

  1. Make all beds.

  2. Make sure all toilet seats and lids are closed.

  3. Empty all trash cans.

  4. Turn on all of the lights in your home/replace light bulbs.

  5. Clear all visible laundry (including laundry baskets).

  6. Clean any litter boxes and make sure the yard is free of waste.

  7. Take advantage of weather: If weather permits, open a few windows or start a fire to showcase the fireplace.

  8. Open the doors to the rooms. 

  9. Deodorize your home (and don’t forget the garbage disposal).

  10. Dress the dining table with attractive place settings and a centerpiece.

  11. Light a fragrant candle or put out potpourri.

  12. Put away all personal items (like mail and social security cards).

  13. Remove all magnets and photos off of the refrigerator.

  14. Clear all the bathroom counters of personal toiletries.

  15. If guns are in the home; be sure to lock them up and put them out of sight.

  16. Clean furniture: Deep clean fabrics on sofas/chairs.

  17. Clear all walkways to and from the home.

  18. Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature.

  19. Hide litter boxes, feeding bowls, dog beds (in case your home shopper has allergies). Find a pet sitter during a showing.  

Are you ready to buy or sell a property? Let one of our agents help you get started!

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