7 Steps to Preparing for an Open House
- Hire a cleaning service. A spotlessly clean home is essential; dirt will
turn off a prospect faster than anything.
- Mow your lawn, and be sure toys and yard equipment are put away.
- Serve cookies, coffee, and soft drinks. It creates a welcoming touch. But be
sure the kitchen has been cleaned up; use disposable cups so the sink doesn't
- Lock up your valuables, jewelry, and money. Although the real estate
salesperson will be on site during the open house, it's impossible to watch
everyone all the time.
- Turn on all the lights. Even in the daytime, incandescent lights add
- Send your pets to a neighbor or take them outside. If that's not possible,
crate them or confine them to one room (a basement or bath), and let the
salesperson know where to find them.
- Leave. It's awkward for prospective buyers to look in your closets and
express their opinions of your home with you there.
10 Ways to Make Your Home Irresistible at an Open House
- Put fresh or silk flowers in principal rooms for a touch of color.
- Add a new shower curtain, fresh towels, and new guest soaps to every bath.
- Set out potpourri or fresh baked goods for a homey smell.
- Set the table with pretty dishes and candles.
- Buy a fresh doormat with a clever saying.
- Take one or two major pieces of furniture out of every room to create a
sense of spaciousness.
- Put away kitchen appliances and personal bathroom items to give the illusion
of more counter space.
- Lay a fire in the fireplace. Or put a basket of flowers there if it's not in
- Depersonalize the rooms by putting away family photos, mementos, and
- Turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes to make the lawn sparkle.
Reprinted from REALTOR® Magazine Online
by permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.