Open House Preparations That Are Overlooked


Between deciding to put your home on the market to the day that new tenants move in, there’s a lot to be done. One of the biggest days for home sellers is no doubt the open house. It’s the day that potential buyers do a walk-through and see if they can picture themselves living in your home.

There are a few things that homeowners often overlook that could mean the difference between an interested party and a signature on the dotted line. Check out the tips below for holding an open house that can help you sell your home to the highest bidder. 

Boost curb appeal

While the inside of your home is arguably the biggest part to focus on when hosting an open house, don’t forget to pay attention to the outside. After all, one of the first things potential buyers will see is your yard and garden. So, why not spruce it up and make it look inviting for your guests? Adding a few lanterns to line your walkway or planting some flowers will not only boost the curb appeal of your home, but it will attract more parties to your open house, which could up the bidding on your home. 

Offer snacks and drinks 

You should be focused on making your open house guests comfortable, and that means offering snacks and drinks at the beginning of their walk-through. Drinks can include seltzer water or soft drinks. Snacks can include small cookies or other appetizers that your guests can eat with their hands while they tour your home. Small touches go a good way in making sure your guests feel at home. 

Depersonalize and cut emotional ties 

Once you decide to put your home on the market, it’s no longer your home. So, it’s time to get rid of the family photos on the walls and your children’s artwork from the fridge. Repaint the walls to a more neutral color that appeals to a wider range of personalities and arrange your furniture in a way that makes sense to a lot of families, not just your own. You are trying to make your home seem like a place another person would want to live. It makes it hard to picture yourself in someone else’s home when they have personal belongings everywhere. 

Fix and repair any broken appliances 

Do you have a light bulb that’s out? Does your screened-in porch door have problems closing all the way? Before your open house, it’s important to fix anything in your home that doesn’t work properly. Not only will this help you sell your house, but it will save you the headache of making all these repairs as you are preparing to move out and into your new place.  

Repaint the trim 

If you don’t have the budget to repaint your whole home before your open house, don’t worry—we have a trick for that. Instead, opt for brightening the trim. This includes the baseboards, crown molding, and trim around doorways. Start with the interior first, then if you have time, you can do the outside of your home as well. A freshly painted trim will instantly bring your home’s walls back to life and catch the eyes of prospective buyers.  

With a little bit of preparation and work, you can get your home ready for an open house. Remember to keep in mind the small details that you would look out for when touring a new home, and bring that to your guests. When you follow these easy tips, you will have someone ready to buy your home in no time.

Contributed by Suzie Wilson / Happier Home /

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