Preparing for an open house is one of the most important things that you can do to sell your home. If you take time to put more thought into open house preparation, you can help to increase the likelihood of selling your home quickly as we’ve talked about in previous posts.
Clean Up the Clutter
The first step to preparing for an open house is to spend at least one weekend going through the individual rooms of your home and cleaning up the clutter in each room. By clutter we mean items that you haven’t used in months or years, old toys that your children are no longer playing with, or excess furniture that only makes the rooms in your home look smaller.
To easily and conveniently get rid of the clutter you should consider having a yard sale or at the very least placing excess items in storage so you can go through them later and decide on what to sell and what to keep.
Hire a Qualified Cleaning Service
You should hire a qualified cleaning service to clean your home because a cleaning service will take the time to go through every square inch of your home including cleaning baseboards and the corners of your home that you might often overlook.
A clean home is vital because buyers oftentimes will look at a dirty home and wonder what else might be wrong with it. Having your home thoroughly cleaned before listing it will eliminate any questions that buyers may have about your home if they see that it’s dirty and hasn’t been taken care of.
De-Personalize Your Home
Yes you may love your home and have made many awesome memories there but in order to prepare your home for the open house you must remove all personalized items from your home.
What should you remove? Some items that you should consider removing from your home are family pictures or your children’s artwork. This will help a home buyer to easily see themselves living in your home instead of them becoming distracted by all of the items there that tie the home to your family.