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How to Prepare for an Open House

Having an open house is usually part of the strategy used when selling a home. Your realtor will schedule the open house with you in advance so that you can prepare for it. Many houses are sold through this method since anyone can attend without an appointment. Someone may be driving by or strolling through the neighborhood and will decide to stop in to see your home. Even other realtors may attend. That is why it is important to prepare for an open house.

There are some things you definitely need to do to make an open house a success.

1. Lock up all of your valuables and prescriptions. This is something we should always do but tend to forget about doing.

2. Clean, clean and clean some more. Shine the windows, vacuum the drapes and blinds and make sure the floors are immaculate. Clean and shine every nook and cranny.

3. Shine up the bathroom. Make sure all of the faucets and mirrors throughout the house are sparkling clean.

3. Remove all of the clutter from the house. Tidy up every room and every closet. Go through each room and remove anything that does not have to be there. Opening up the space will make each room look bigger.

4. Remove pets and all of the their belongings. Remove pet odors from the house.

5. Don't forget to clean the garage. Show off all of the potential storage that is available.

6. Clean up outside too. Mow the lawn, trim the hedges and bushes and add some colorful flowers to the front of the house. The front of the house gives a potential buyer their first impression. The neat and clean backyard will draw them in.

On the day of the open house:

1. Make sure that everything in the house is in order. Go over each room, tidy up and see that it is as close to perfection as it can be.

2. Open the drapes and pull the blinds and shades up. Let the sun shine in and light up each room. Buyers want to see bright, cheerful rooms.

3. Make sure the house smells good when you walk in. Some say the smell of baked cookies make a home more inviting to the buyer. A bad odor will drive away any potential buyers.

3. Put the lights on to further lighten the rooms.

Most realtors provide drinks and snacks. If they are not, then have these available for visitors. It will keep them there a little longer and is an invitation to conversation. Remember, you are trying to sell your home.

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