‘Tis the season for open houses. If you are planning to sell your home, the open house will be an important part of the marketing plan. It invites potential buyers to dream inside the very same space they may one day call home. Here are a few tips for a successful open house:
Clean house. Be sure your home is Spic and Span — as clean and as neat as possible. Remove the clutter, empty the rubbish, clean out closets and polish the fixtures.
Find good help. Consider hiring someone to help manicure the landscaping or painters to put on a fresh coat inside and out. Do a walk through with your agent before the open house and ask your agent about the benefits of staging.
Spruce Things Up. Add a new shower curtain, fresh towels, and new guest soaps to every bath. Set the dining table with pretty dishes and candles. Buy a fresh doormat. First impressions last.
Add flowers. Remove a major piece of furniture or two from each room to give a sense of spaciousness. Light a fire in the hearth. Likewise, closet those kitchen appliances and bathroom items to give the illusion of more space.
Lighten up. Open the window covers. Turn on all the lights. Even during the day, lighting adds sparkle.
Lose the pets. It’s best to temporarily board Fido and Fluffy elsewhere. If that’s not possible, confine them to a cage or room, basement or bath, and let your agent know where they are!
Avoid hosting. Stay at someone else’s home during your open house and let your agent do the talking. It’s awkward for prospective buyers to look in your closets and express their opinions of your home with you around.
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