When it comes to selling a home, there are a lot of moving pieces to tackle. From working with realtors, to packing for the actual move, it can be overwhelming thinking about all the work that goes into selling a house. Having an open house is a great way to get potential buyers looking at your home and moves you through the selling process quicker. How prepared your home is for a showing has a huge impact on how quickly it’s sold, which is why it’s so important to understand the do’s and don’ts for an open house. Fortunately, I have some valuable tips on how to organize for an open house and get you moving towards your next chapter in no time!
I recommend securing your valuables, such as laptops, tablets, phones, bills, spare keys, and prescription medication. A big part of prepping your home to be shown is making sure you’re ready to have every area looked through thoroughly. Keep any personal belongings tucked away from potential buyers in locked storage. A safe is ideal for important documents like birth certificates, passports, and jewelry. Always take a moment to secure all your valuables for your peace of mind!
Clear Counter Tops
During an open house, it’s important to give potential buyers the best impression of your home. It may sound like a small detail, but having cluttered counter tops will work against your home’s chances of being sold. Cluttered counter tops are uninviting and make a space look smaller. Clearing off your counter tops will not only make your spaces look bigger, it will give potential buyers a chance to imagine how they’d like to use the space for themselves!
Remove Garbage Cans and Trash
Don’t risk hurting your changes of impressing a potential buyer by leaving garbage for them to find. Remember, the goal of an open house is to make your home look like no one is living there, and a full garbage bag will ruin the illusion of a pristine and vacant home. Always take a moment to make sure all garbage cans are either empty with clean liners, or moved to the garage. This will make for a more inviting space that has no evidence of already being lived in.
The More Lighting the Better
Replace burnt out light bulbs. During an open house, your home will be put on display for potential buyers. A well lit home adds wow factor to any presentation. Replacing burnt out light bulbs is a quick, but important step in home staging and it will ensure your home looks inviting and ready to be moved into. Potential buyers will be looking at every area of the home in detail, so having it well lit will make a buyer feel confident that the seller has nothing to hide.
Hide Pet Evidence
Now is the time to hide those feeding bowls, litter boxes, dog beds, etc. This may sound like a small detail of your home’s overall appearance, but it’s important to put away pet items so potential buyers aren’t looking for signs of pet damage like scratches and stains. Also, leaving out dog beds and other personal items will make it difficult for potential buyers to visualize themselves living in the home. It’s important to leave buyers feeling like your home will work for their lifestyle, and if that lifestyle doesn’t include pets then it’s better to keep all evidence of pets put away.
Organize/Purge the Refrigerator
Remember, a potential buyer will want to get give every area of your home a close inspection. They’ll be opening cabinets, looking for dings or scratches on walls, and yes, even opening the refrigerator. Seeing a dirty fridge or smelling spoiled food is a quick way to discourage a potential buyer from considering your home. Do you ever notice how open houses will bake cookies to entice potential buyers? Smells are powerful and this is especially true for bad smells. Take the time to give your fridge a tune up so every area of your home is ready for a potential buyer’s inspection!
Give Your Home a Thorough Cleaning
Your home will be under inspection by everyone who walks through, so make sure even the tightest of spaces are ready by doing a deep clean. Cleaning a home can take a lot of time and energy so it may be necessary to bring on a cleaning crew for this part. You’d be surprised by how many places in your home can collect dust and grime over time, and it’s important to thoroughly clean all visible areas. This step is crucial because a clean house will increase your chances of making a lasting impression on potential buyers.
Selling your home will take time, but knowing how to organize for a successful open house will make the process that much easier! If you need assistance and more suggestions, reach out to me here! Spring and summer are a great time to sell your home, so let’s get started today!
Co-written by Michaela Gunby