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How to Prepare for Your Home's Open House


Preparing for an open house should be an ongoing process.  

For many homeowners, an open house can be the selling point for their home. While your real estate agent will work with you to schedule a date and time for potential buyers to see your home, The Nest provides an itinerary to follow leading up to the big day.

Two weeks before the open house

If you have a busy schedule, you may want to have a cleaning service come to your home to complete a thorough cleanup. This is the time you will want to schedule the service, and be sure they also come the day before your open house to avoid any last-minute messes.

Adding a fresh coat of paint to your home's interior should also be done two weeks before your open house to allow time for the odor to dissipate. Be sure to choose neutral colors, as not all potential buyers may like bold bright paint selections. A new exterior color can also make your home stand out from other properties listed for sale in your neighborhood.

According to the source, this is a great time to declutter your home, so go through closets and bookshelves to make your home more organized. This can also help eliminate the need for extra boxes when moving into your new house.

Many real estate professionals recommend getting rid of extra furniture that may make your home look and feel smaller than it actually is. Securing a temporary storage unit or asking a friend or family member to use their basement to store some items should be done around this time.

One week before the open house

This is when you will need to start moving excess furniture and other items to your storage space.

You should also start giving your home's outdoor areas more attention by trimming hedges and cleaning the gutters. Potential buyers will likely form an impression on your home before even stepping foot inside, so improving your property's curb appeal is important.

Two days before the open house

As your open house date is quickly approaching, The Nest says to hide cords and other unsightly things throughout your home. If you have pets, be sure to hide evidence of them by storing food and water bowls, toys and pet beds, as not every buyer will be a fan of animals. Be sure to make arrangements for a friend or neighbor to look after them during your open house.

You should also put valuable items in a hidden location, including expensive jewelry or collectible items.

One day before the open house

While your real estate agent will likely do so, the source says to make sure there is a sign-in sheet located near the entrance of your home for visitors to write down their names and contact information.

You should also do a walk-through after the cleaning service is finished, or complete a thorough cleaning on your own.

The day of, make sure to open up windows and drapes to allow natural light into your home. The magazine also recommends turning on lights in rooms throughout the house. Be sure the temperature in your home is comfortable and clean up any last-minute messes before your open house begins.