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Open house showing tips
From time-to-time, we will call and make an appointment to show your home to a potential buyer. It’s during the showing that your home needs to look it’s very best. It might be helpful to create a plan of action using these open house showing tips and assign duties to family members so your home can be prepared on short notice.
- Your house should be as clean as possible for each showing
- Make the house bright and cheerful by turning on all the lights and opening the window coverings
- Open windows while you are staging so the air is fresh
- Consider placing fresh flowers on the dining room table
- Be sure clutter is put away and the garbage bin is empty
- If it’s winter, set your thermostat to be a little warmer than usual so the house feels welcoming and cozy
- Make room for boots and overcoats near the entrance
- Some buyers might be interested to see photos of your garden or landscaping if it’s not in bloom
- Pets should be in a confined area or outside, hide their food dishes, litter boxes, and toys
Frequently asked questions
Do I really need to stage my home for a showing? Yes! Each visitor is a prospective buyer and the first person we show it to may want to buy it. It’s very important to have your home ready for visitors. More info
I have kids – will the buyer understand that it’s impossible to keep my house clean? No! Make a plan to be able to quickly hide toys and clutter even if that is just a bin with a cover.
Is it necessary to bake something to make the house smell nice? Not at all. In fact, cooking smells can be distracting for some people. A pleasant air freshener like Febreeze, or cleaners like Pledge or Windex can send the right message to the buyer.
Questions? Contact Constantin and Mariana Popa for free home staging and open house showing tips.