If you are going to have an open house, it’s important to capture the interest of any visitors in a positive way, as opposed to turning them off the property. Spend a day preparing your home for the open house and it could prove to be a good investment of time. See here is a list of 15 things you should consider doing before opening your doors to potential buyers.

  1. Eliminate half of your personal belongings as clutter can cost a sale. Rent a storage system or portable pod for extraneous furniture pieces or knickknacks. Another idea is to ask a friend if you can borrow some area in his or her garage.
  2. Use “home wash” (pipe attachment readily available in your home improvement shops) to clean the outside of your house.
  3. Clean rain gutters along with outside windows and screens.
  4. Ensure the front door is inviting. Paint the door if needed. Also, change any out-of-date outdoor lighting components.
  5. Buy brand new house numbers if the old ones are dated or faded. Be sure buyers can see the brand-new ones from the curb.
  6. Buy a new welcome mat.
  7. Organize all closets and drawers. Purchasers may look there.
  8. Make any required repair work so that buyers do not need to include that to their list of expenses.
  9. Reorganize furnishings to make rooms appear as big as possible.
  10. Make every surface area shine, from ceiling fans to baseboards. Do not forget interior windows, mirrors and floorings.
  11. Scrub every inch of the kitchen and bathrooms.
  12. Depersonalize each space, eliminating picture frames and posters or art work.
  13. Purchase new linens and pillows if required. Be specific they are a neutral color.
  14. Buy air neutralizer and spray it often.
  15. Let go mentally of your house, and prepare yourself for a deal!

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