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How to Get Your Home Open House Ready

By on September 27, 2011 in Money

How to Get Your Home Open House ReadyWhen you put your house on the market, you’ll have potential buyers trickle in here and there. One of the marketing techniques that most real estate agents use to bring in volume potential buyers during a short time frame is an open house. Marketing the open house and drawing in the agents and their clients is the job of your real estate agent. Your job is to get your home open house ready so that you can present it in its best light, so potential buyers turn into bidders on buying the home.

Major Cleaning

Getting your home ready for an open house is a multi-step process and it’s not steps that you can take care of all at one time or within a few days of the open house. About a month before the open house is scheduled, or as soon as you put the house on the market, one of the first things you want to do is a major cleaning spree.

  • Go room to room in your home and de-clutter. Pack away the majority of your personal belongings and store the boxes in your garage or rent a storage space. Clean up trash, straighten up and empty out cupboards and closets.
  • Professionally clean or use a carpet cleaner to clean all of the carpets in your home and scrub bathrooms and kitchens until they shine. If you can afford it, hire a professional cleaning service to do the major cleaning and then you can keep up with minor cleanings in between viewings and until the open house. Pay attention to pressure cleaning and preparing the outside areas as well.
  • This is also the time to get all of the contractors in to fix leaking faucets, or make any repairs that may prohibit viewers of the home from becoming buyers of the home.

Stage the Home

At least a few weeks before the open house, you want to go room to room and stage each room, so that it creates a warm and welcoming environment. In other words, you want to arrange furniture, rooms and décor so that it draws attention to the best assets of your home. In the process, you also want to draw attention away from any weaknesses your home may have.

Some of the ways to stage your home to create a warm and welcoming environment include:

  • Rolling up towels and wash cloths to place on a decorative tray or in a basket in each of your bathrooms
  • Add scented candles to each bathroom—you can light them during the open house or just use the candles as decoration—to give the bathrooms a spa-like feel
  • Place fresh flowers or bowls of fruit as décor on the kitchen counter and tables
  • Keep the décor simple on tables, counters, bookshelves and other areas, but when you do arrange décor, think in terms of threes. Place three, preferably different size décor items, to form a triangle.
  • If you do not light scented candles, strategically place air fresheners throughout the home. Vanilla scents tend to be the most alluring. You can also bake cookies right before the open house begins, to create a yummy scent and create a “homey” feel.

During the Open House

You and your family should vacate the premises during the open house. Take all of your kids, spouse and pets and leave the real estate agent to do their job. Open houses are typically three or four hours long, so find something to do so that you are not in the way as potential buyers come and go to view the house.

It can be a lot of work to get your home ready for an open house. It is hard work however, that can pay off big in the end. When you present your home in its best light, you are more likely to sell it—and sell it in a faster and more efficient manner.

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