How to prep for an open house
Author: spencer   August 20, 2020

Are you putting your house on the market? Is your first open house around the corner? Now, is the time where first impressions matter the most. Buyers are looking for wide-open spaces as they walk through their potential home. That is why you must take the minimalist approach when it comes to staging your home to sell. 

 How to prep for an open house:

  1. Declutter
  2. Sanitize
  3. Bring out the “smell good”
  4. Curb appeal

Declutter

You may think you have cleaned up your home pretty well? But, we must ask. Is there stuff shoved in every corner of the house? You don’t want people feeling overwhelmed when they walk into your home and automatically think that it’s too small for their needs. Clutter can make you lose a sale that otherwise you might have had. If you don’t know what to do, here are some ideas:  have a garage sale, donate items, have someone keep your things during the showing, rent a storage unit, or simply throw them out if you don’t use them anymore. It’s that simple! 

Sanitize  

We are living in the time of COVID-19 so it is important that you sanitize your home before and after each showing. You don’t want any germs lingering around from you or the walkthroughs that happened. Keep everyone safe by taking the time to wipe down everything that could have been touched and spray some disinfectant for safe measure. 

Bring out the smell good

Nothing will hit the buyer quicker than walking into your house and smelling a “funky odor.  It is important that you have some fresh-smelling air fresheners in each room to let off a nice aroma for the buyers as they walk through (this will make a big difference). You could also bake some fresh cookies that will make the kitchen smell good. The “little” things are just as important as the “big” things when it comes to prepping your house to show. 

Curb appeal 

How does your curb appeal look? You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make things look nice. Simple things such as pulling the weeds and having fresh mulch or stone put down will make the home look more inviting as first impressions are crucial. 

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