Maximize your shot at success. Your property needs to be in the best possible light when you are hosting an open house. Follow these to-do lists to prepare your home for an excellent open house.
Depersonalize the House
Help the buyers envision themselves living in the house. When you are hosting an open house, it’s a good idea to remove all traces of personal items.
– Pack away family pictures, kids’ artwork and family mementos
– Hide toiletries and personal hygiene products
– Put away any controversial items including graphic, sports or political-related messaging
– Ask a friend or neighbor to watch your pets
Deep Clean and Organize
Next, you need to thoroughly deep-clean and organize. Buyers notice the tiniest details.
– Vacuum, sweep and/or mop all flooring surfaces
– Dust all surfaces
– Clean window panes and wipe down window ledges
– Clean splatters and fingerprints from the stove, oven, refrigerator and microwave
– Remove soap scum, dirt, and residue from the bathrooms
– Empty trashcans
– Clean and put away dishes (including those inside the dishwasher)
– Clear cobwebs from the home exterior and garage
– Clean the grime that builds up on light switches, door handles, baseboards, and windowsills
– Organize your closets and drawers (buyers like to look in the hidden places)
– Remember, cleaning can kick up a lot of dust, so open the windows and air out the home the day before the open house.