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Tips To Get Your Home Ready For Open House


21 July 2016

The FOR SALE signs are up and you’re getting calls on your recent home listing. It’s time to give your home that “perfect home” factor it needs to impress potential buyers.

If you’re even thinking about selling your home, chances are you’ve heard of “staging,” or the process of preparing a home for sale.  This typically means you’ll be decluttering, depersonalizing and neutralizing all the rooms in the house.

If you want to avoid a open house flop, staging, repairing and generally preparing your home for sale is a must in today’s market.

Plan and Prioritize

You definitely don’t want to start preparing for your open house by making updates willy nilly. Before getting started, it’s important to understand what improvements will help you sell your home and to make a realistic plan that fits your budget and time frame.

Know the buyers

It’s important to know what type of buyer you’re targeting so you can stage accordingly. For example, if you live in an upscale neighborhood, buyers will expect certain high-end features and upgrades. Your experienced real estate agent can help you determine what’s standard in your area.

Spruce up the kitchen

If you have an old stove or dishwasher, swap it out for a stainless steel model. Updating light fixtures, replacing old cabinet hardware, or painting older cabinets white also makes your kitchen appear fresh and new without breaking the bank.

Revive hardwoods and walls

If you have hardwood floors, get them professionally polished before your open house. If you have carpeting, get it professionally steamed before potential buyers come calling. And while you’re at it, give your walls a once-over and wipe away any scuff marks. If a new paint job is necessary, consider a neutral shade or a paint color that will make your space feel larger and brighter.

De-cluttering and Depersonalizing

Personal items like family photos and knickknacks are distracting and need to be put away before your open house. Just think of it as getting a head start on your packing. Don’t forget to clean out and organize closets and storage space. Buyers will look there too, and messy, overflowing closets give the impression that your home doesn’t have enough storage space.

Final Touches

On the day of, your home should be in tip-top condition and ready for potential buyers.

  • Set out vases of fresh-cut flowers
  • Adjust the temperature.
  • Serve food and drinks
  • Allow plenty of natural lighting

Is your home ready for the market? These tips should help you get prepared for your next open house. Share your prep pictures with us on social media #TheGlennAdvantageTeam