One of the most important—and most stressful—events of selling a home is hosting your first open house. Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for the big day.If living in your home while selling...
- Don’t cook fish the day of—or even a few days prior to—the open house
- Don’t leave pet food lying around and consider removing your pets
- Don’t leave smelly workout clothes in your hamper
- Don’t leave wet clothes in the washer
- Don’t leave anything bizarre in your closet or cupboards (e.g. strange Halloween costume or inappropriate items)
- Don’t have political or inappropriate books on your shelves
- Don’t leave your diploma hanging on the wall. Yes, buyers judge your education and assume your financial situational
- Don’t have a strange piece of art on the wall (e.g. nude photo) – it will be a focal point or a distraction
- Don’t do fresh flowers. Flowers die in a few days and can smell.
- No smells. If you have a mold issue, smoked in your home or a there is a funny smell in your home, have it professionally removed. Buyers’ noses are extremely sensitive.
- Don’t hang around the open house. That is not a good use of your time (and you should trust your agent to sell your home!)
- You can light a mild-scented candle or bake fresh cookies several hours before the open – no harm in enjoying cookies before your open!
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