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Try These Simple Open House Preparations to Sell Your Home


Sellers oftenmiss the simplest but most important preparations when planning an open house event.  You want top dollar for your home, so make sure you dot your I’s and cross your T’s.  These simple strategies are the secret to open house success!

Repair and clean.  Stage your home in a manner that looks new and clean.  Re-grout bathroom tile, shampoo carpeting, and replace tired-looking curtains.  Recognize that just because something doesn’t come with the house, such as an area rug, doesn’t mean it can be stained or worn.  Items that look weary give the impression of neglect, which is the last thing you want potential buyers to think about when viewing your home.

Lighten up.  Some experts say you should aim for an overall look of bright, light, fresh, and cheerful.  Bring as much light into your home as possible.  Open your window coverings and turn on all your lights.  If your window coverings are old, distracting, or don’t work properly, replace them with something inexpensive and neutral.  Replace any burned out lightbulbs and install brighter bulbs throughout your home.  Put extra lamps in dark corners. 

Declutter.  Reduce the amount of belongings in your home so potential buyers don’t have to overlook all of your “stuff.”  Don’t stow them in your basement or bedroom closets, either. Rent a storage unit and get them boxed up and off-site.  One recommendation is to remove personal items such as family photos and mementos, and if a room has an overt theme, tone it down into something neutral.  For instance, a kid’s room sporting a sci-fi theme would be better revamped using a simpler, impersonal decor.  Pack away posters and action figures and replace the cartoon comforter with a plain one. 

Less is more.  Decluttering helps make the most of your floor space, and along those same lines, you want to make the most of your storage space.  Make your closets and other storage areas look as large as possible by reducing their contents by at least half. 

Show off.  Is that a beautiful, hardwood floor under that rug?  Do you have a fabulous fireplace that offers texture and ambience?  Whatever your home’s special assets are, make sure your buyers can see them.  Arrange your rooms in a way that shows off those great points of interest!  Similarly, if there is an eyesore, distract from it.  An ugly view can be hidden by sheer curtains, and tangles of wires can be cloaked by a potted plant.

Create flow.  Arrange your furniture so there is a logical traffic pattern.  Make conversational groupings and ensure rooms flow sensibly.  You may find it means changing up your pieces of furniture and putting some in storage. 

Present purpose.  Each room in your home should offer an obvious purpose.  Rooms without an evident use feel cluttered and leave potential buyers feeling confused.  Architectural Digest explains you should figure out a function for each space and show it off to shoppers in a clear manner, whether it’s a media room, craft studio, or home office.    

Warm welcome.  One of the most important parts of your presentation is curb appeal.  According to some professionals, you should spruce up your home’s exterior to give a welcoming impression.  Repaint your home’s trim, refresh your front door, and consider updating your landscaping.  Overgrown shrubbery should be cut back, and your lawn should be neatly mowed. 

Can’t-miss strategies.  Planning an open house isn’t complicated, but you don’t want to miss these important strategies.  Set yourself up for a successful event by making good preparations.  Ensuring you take these simple steps can mean you’re sure to sell your home quickly!
 

Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.