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Prepping Your Home for an Open House or Showing

by Irene Roger 10/01/2018

Getting your home ready to sell entails quite a lot. Staging, taking photos, stocking the toiletries, and--in the case of an open house--entertaining guests. You want the visitors to your home to feel welcome and like they could live there someday.

To achieve this it takes planning and an eye for what really “works” in your home. To do this you’ll have to let go of everything you’ve made your home into and turn it into a blank slate where others can imagine it fitting their personal taste.

In this article, we’re going to give you some tips on preparing your home for an open house or showing to leave the best possible impression on your visitors.

Remove yourself from the picture

It might be sad to take down your family photos and personal effects, but imagine yourself in a visitor’s shoes. When you enter a home you’re thinking of buying, you don’t want to be distracted by what the previous family did with the home. Rather, you want to look forward and imagine your own family making a life there.

Declutter

Even the most minimalistic of homeowners tend to accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. However, walking into a home filled with items is distracting from the features of the home. You want to draw people’s eyes toward the best characteristics of your home--whether that’s spaciousness or architectural features.

We suggest packing your belongings by room and renting out a storage facility while you wait to move into your new place.

Stage appropriately

Working with someone to stage your home is a guaranteed way to make sure your house looks welcoming for your guests and photos. However, if you plan on doing the staging yourself take a look at some similarly styled homes online to find out what looks good in their photos. When we furnish our homes, we do it based on our personal taste, comfort, and utility. Staged homes are about aesthetics and atmosphere.

Once you’ve finished staging, it’s time to clean up after yourself. Wipe down surfaces, polish wood, and clean the windows.

Don’t neglect the exterior

The outside of your home is as important as the inside. It will be visitor’s first impression when they arrive at your driveway. To prepare, make sure your siding and windows are clear of dirt, the lawn mowed, the gutters cleaned, and the doors freshly painted, if necessary. Sweep the driveway and remove any yard tools from sight.

Welcoming guests

Your real estate agent knows how to run an effective open house. However, here are a few key things to remember on the day your guests will arrive.

First, light a candle and use air fresheners where necessary. A neutral smell is the best option, but an air freshener is better than a bad one if there are parts of your home that are prone to bad smells.

Next, make sure the bathrooms are stocked with toilet paper, tissues, and clean towels. If yours are getting old, it could be a good time to replace hand towels altogether.

Finally, welcome your guests with a new welcome mat at the front door to make a great first impression.

About the Author

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Irene Roger

Hi, I'm Irene Roger and I'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. 

As a Spanish-speaking realtor with over 30 years of experience in the Atlanta area,  I am the ideal person to market your home and assist you with finding the home of your dreams. I have lived all over the world and work with costumers from all backgrounds.  

I specialize in relocations, first time buyers, tenants, and investors.

My experience, honesty, and integrity are great assets to you. 

My past clients feel the same way about me too. Here's what they had to say.

Michelle Doherty - Irene is very knowledgeable due to her many years living in the area and doing business. She worked hard for me and my family and I know she will do so for others. Another thing I found out about her is that she speaks Spanish fluently! Irene responds quickly and likes to negotiate. 

  

dinasnyder4- Over the years we have bought 2 homes and sold one with Irene. She is such a wealth of information and she is a top negotiator. I was always glad she was on our side. I would never go through the process without her! 

Olga Cadena - I highly recommend Irene, Excellent agent. Very professional and knows the area very well!!! She is available, and very flexible. Thank you Irene for making my selling the process very easy!