Open House Preparation TipsHosting an open house means being available but not shadowing people as they walk about. It might also require the jettison of some things. For instance, getting rid of a kids’ playset might be necessary, particularly if it’s past its prime. Your goal is to really make the house look open and welcoming and very clean. So, start with decluttering, then move onto depersonalizing, and finish up with disinfecting.
Few buyers want to buy a house sight unseen. Holding an open house is a great way to get many potential buyers through the door and show off your polished, picture perfect home. But first you must make sure your home is ready to be seen. Buyers need to envision how they’ll use the available space, and that means staging your home so that it looks inviting but not too lived-in. —Realtor.comEach step is key to open house success. If there’s any clutter, potential buyers will object. Too many personal items send a signal you’re not sincere or serious. And, if not super clean, people will think you don’t take good care of the house. If that’s the impression, they’ll also wonder what else you don’t do. It’s also more than just simple kitchen organization. Decluttering must be deep so it really makes an impact. Here are the areas to concentrate on most when decluttering, some of the best open house preparation tips:
- Cabinets. Whether in the bathroom, kitchen, or garage, those cabinets are a strong selling point no matter where located. People will definitely take notice of how many (or few) cabinets there are and most assuredly will sneak peaks. So, do yourself a huge favor and declutter every single cabinet as much as possible. Throw out duplicates, un-whole sets, and other junk.
- Pantry. The kitchen pantry is a staple of the American household and it too, must appear to have as much space as it can. There are probably things in the pantry you haven’t retrieved in quite some time or outright forgotten. Purge with a sense of purpose to free up as much space as possible.
- Garage. Too many residential garages become a glorified storage unit, stuffed to the brim from one end to the other, with little to no room to park cars. Even if your garage is nicely organized, it’s probably more full than buyers would prefer. Whatever you can get rid of, do so and the effort will payoff.
- Shed. If you have a shed on your property, chances are excellent it’s not keep clean and clutter free. Make it that way so when people walk through the yard and look inside, they’ll see extra storage space and a dedicated space for lawn equipment.
- Closets. Your goal for closet declutter is to pare it down to about 30 percent full. This gives people the sense of more storage space and it’s very appealing to buyers. Be sure to not only rid closets of clutter, but also, organize them neatly.