Keys to a successful open house

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Keys to a Successful Open House
Hosting an open house is a good opportunity for sellers to display their home’s unique qualities and enhance its design. By showing off the potential your home has to offer, buyers can better envision themselves in it and more likely to make an offer. With just a little planning and attention to detail, you can increase your home’s value and curb appeal, ensuring a successful open house.

Disengage and Make a Plan

Your house as a product. Once you have decided to sell your house, it’s a good idea to disengage from it emotionally. Your house should be seen only as a product you’re trying to sell, and you should be detached from fond memories and emotions. This way you can make objective decisions.

Check out the competition. A good way to conduct research is to check out open houses in your neighborhood. This can give you ideas about what potential buyers are looking for or seeking in a new home.

Advertise and post. Most buyers today look for homes on internet listings and websites. In order to get traffic into your open house, take a few steps to get maximum exposure on the market. For example, make and post signs, take photographs and advertise your home in various internet sites such as Zillow and Trulia.

The Interior

Cleaning and decluttering. The first step in preparing your home is removing piles of old junk from the house. After you get rid of the junk, make sure to go through the house room by room and perform a deep cleaning. This includes carpets, floors, and getting in those crooks and crevices we often neglect. According to U.S. News, cleaning is of utmost importance when selling a home. Everything must be spotless. If necessary, hire cleaning services and replace stained carpets or floors.

Remove pets. A pet in the home can be a real deal breaker for many potential buyers. According to The Spruce, it can also reduce the value of your home. If a pet lived in the home, remove all of his belongings and ensure a deep cleaning. Erase traces of pet hair and odors. If possible, remove the pets during the open house, so they are not present as people tour the home.

Staging. The process of staging refers to preparing your home for the marketplace and increasing its appeal to as many buyers as possible. Staging will require that you rearrange furniture and engage in a little interior design. You want to transform your house into a work of art and really highlight its best aspects. Invest in some new furniture if necessary and use plenty of light to illuminate and enhance the atmosphere.

The Exterior

Increase curb appeal. Creating a good first impression is key to making buyers interested. Begin by cleaning the outside of your home and ensuring everything is in good condition. Consider repainting the front door and add some stylish porch furniture. Do a little landscaping on your yard. Plant flowers, add some plants, or trim bushes and trees to make the area look neat and organized. Small details such as your address number or a door knocker, can add some needed pizzazz to your entrance.

Selling a house doesn’t have to be stressful. Start early, organize, and make a plan. This is less likely to overwhelm and set you up for a successful sale. An open house is like transforming your home into a showpiece and with a little vision and attention to detail, you’ll have offers pouring in.


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.


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