How to Prepare for an Open House

By The A-Team | Feb 26, 2018 | Fort McMurray - Seller Advice

Open House Preparation

Open houses are powerful tools in the home marketing arsenal. Held at the right time, they provide opportunities for buyers to view your property and ideally make an offer. But homes should be ready for the viewers an open house will bring in.

First, it's important to declutter the house. We all know how important it is to make your house look clean to potential buyers. A recent post from Home Staging Jax explains why this is an important step for an open house:

Open House Tips: Declutter and Clean

A house filled with clutter will drive buyers away. Clutter is very distracting to buyers and makes a house appear smaller than it is. Remove items from counters, empty closets, and get rid of excess furniture. If you have children, pack most of their toys and put them in storage. Only give them 2-3 toys to play with. Do not be tempted to hide clutter as buyers examine every part of a house.

Next, deep clean your home. Clean countertops, cabinets, shelves, floors, and windows. Clean every part of your home until it shines. Refinish hardwood floors and apply finish to tile floors. Right before your open house, vacuum the areas that get a lot of traffic. Via

The main purpose of cleaning up your house it to make it visibly attractive and inviting to potential buyers.

Make sure that your house looks clean!

Next is to work on first impressions. While it isn't a deciding factor, a homes' outside sets the mood for the inside tour. A new post from Blue Eyes Properties shares:

Work On First Impressions

So understandably most of us know the key rule to sell my house fast – you need to put up an open house as often as possible. Whether you want to sell my house fast on your own or you are willing to take help from a realtor expert, you would realize the importance of an open house in the house selling process. An open house means that you attract maximum number of people to come and see your house.

First impressions are first. So you really need to pay attention to the detailing of that. This means you will have to spend a little money getting the paint of the walls refreshed or the breakage on the doors should be fixed. These are the first things that people will be noticing as soon as they step into the house. h/t

Curb appeal defines what a buyer sees as they approach your home. It should be aesthetically pleasing.

Lastly, is to make your home smell nice. What better way to impress buyers in an open house than making sure that your house smells good? A recent post from Sunrise Cleaning discusses some strategies:

Make The House Smell Delicious

If you’re selling your home and getting ready for an open house, there are some things you should consider doing to make a great first impression.

Bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies or an apple pie just before your open house. People love the smell of freshly baked treats and this could lead them to associate sweet and happy memories with your home. A positive impression of your home will get you closer to that sale. read more at

A bad smell can off-put buyers, especially since smells are seen as tough to remove. Baking cookies and serving them during an open house is just one thing you can do to help make your house smell appealing. This ensures that your buyers stay and linger in your home.

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