How to Have a Stellar Open House

Posted by Carey Frankel on Friday, October 5th, 2012 at 11:57am.

If you really want your marsh landing real estate open house to be a show stopper so you can get your home sold for the best price, you need to prepare ahead of time. In short, there are a few things that will benefit you to take care of so your open house will be the talk of the town:

Clean your home

Sure, this sounds quite obvious. But we mean really clean your home. If you don’t have the time or energy to put into a thorough cleaning, call in cleaning professionals to take care of it – the money spent will almost always be worth it. A really clean home will have clean windows (inside and out), sparkling appliances (inside and out), gleaming countertops, shiny hardwood floors, and freshly polished furniture. An open house is the prime time for your home to take center stage and wow both potential home buyers and real estate agents, so don’t overlook this important part of open house preparation.

Make all minor repairs

Don’t let a dripping faucet or a running toilet be the center of attention in your master bathroom. Some of the things to consider remedying before your open house include: stained carpets; dirty or stained walls; burned out light bulbs; broken light fixtures or faucets; and loose or broken banisters.

Make it pretty

A house needs to feel like a home to buyers who walk through the door, and there are a number of ways to accomplish this. Begin by turning on the lights in your home so that visitors won’t walk into dark rooms. Light a few candles, as well as the fireplace, and add a few, homey touches like a vase of flowers in the entryway or a plate of warm cookies in the kitchen.

Go away during the open house

Don’t make potential buyers feel uncomfortable by following them around the open house. Let your real estate agent earn his or her commission by leaving during the open house, and don’t come back until the open house is over and all of the cars have left your driveway.

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