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How to Prepare Your Home for an Open House

How to Prepare Your Home for an Open House

An open house may be just what you need if you are trying to sell a home. Open houses help find the right buyers and sell faster. You can improve your open house sessions by setting things up just right to make your home appealing. Here are a few simple methods to preparing for an open house.

Make the outside more attractive

Curb appeal is very important to prospective buyers. Mow your lawn, pick up any toys or objects which clutter it up, plant some flowers, and clean the outside of your home. Just the simple act of tidying up the outside of your home can make a big difference in the impression buyers get when they arrive.

Clean everything spotless

A clean home tells buyers that the property is well-cared for and likely to hold its value longer. Vacuum and shampoo carpets and rugs, sweep and wax or polish hard floors, clean dirty walls, get the dust and cobwebs out, and get your windows sparkling clean. If you don't feel that you can do an adequate job getting things spotless, you can bring in professional cleaners to do the job right.

Let in the sunshine

Buyers want to see a home that is well lit, so you need to bring in as much natural light as possible. Ditch the heavy drapes, open the curtains and blinds, and clear any obstructed windows or doors so that the sun can shine in freely. If possible, schedule your open house on a bright sunny day to maximize the effect of the light.

Depersonalize it

When buyers come to an open house they want to walk through and imagine themselves living in it. This is hard to do if your personal decorations and touches are telling them the house is someone else's. Take down your family photos and mementos, and leave a blank canvas for buyers to imagine themselves into.

Get the word out

A open house is only useful if people know about it so they can show up. You need to make sure your open house is well advertised in all the right places so that people can't miss it. You can advertise your open house on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), Craigslist, flyers, signs, websites, etc. An agent can help you make sure your open house is highly visible for a better turn out and provide great open house marketing ideas.

Leave if you can, blend if not

One of the best things you can do for your open house is to leave. People viewing your home will be more comfortable asking questions and making judgements if you aren't right there hovering. So plan to be out and let your agent run the show. If you are running your own open house, try to be as unobtrusive as possible.

An open house is a great way to sell your home, but only if it is handle properly. A professional agent can run things best. If you want to find an agent to help you host an open house and sell your home, contact us today.

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Arun Kumar

The old adage is that hindsight is always 20/20. Seven years ago, I embarked on a journey as a serial entrepreneur. I built my very first business in India and later expanded to the US. In weathering the ups and downs of several business brands, I discovered my passion for the digital platform.

I could see a huge opportunity to connect home buyers and sellers with quality information and service providers. That led to the birth and co-founding of

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