OPEN HOUSE - It’s Like a Beauty Pageant


Listing your house is like entering a giant beauty pageant. First impressions count. An open house is an important part of the selling process. It gets people really looking at your home and can even help spread the word when curious ”browsers” drop in.

Getting your home ready to show doesn't need to be time consuming. Here are some easy, last minute tips to ensure the perfect first impression:

Brighten and Lighten

Open drapes and blinds. Light filled rooms are always more appealing. Make sure your windows are clean, both inside and out. Turn on all the lights in your home, even during the daytime.

Spark your buyer's imagination by appealing to their senses

Set the dinner table for a formal dinner. Creating the proper atmosphere in a room can help a buyer envision themselves living in your home.

If it's a cold day, light the fireplace. The ambiance created from the warmth can be very inviting.

Set out fresh flowers or light scented candles. Better yet, bake a batch of cookies. Nothing says home like the aroma of chocolate chip cookies.

Clean, clean, clean

Get a step ahead on moving and pack away seasonal clothes. If your closets are bursting, a buyer will automatically think there is a shortage of storage space. If appropriate, rent a storage unit so you can keep your home tidy and uncluttered.

Be sure to keep your front yard well maintained while your home is listed. Keep the front porch debris free and consider purchasing a brand new door mat.

Last, but not least...vacate the premises

How can a buyer imagine living in your home if you and your family are there? Children and pets are especially unwelcome during an open house, bring them to a neighbor or family member's home for the day. You may love them, but not everyone will...

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