Tips and timeline to make your Home Open House Ready
Two or Three Weeks Before the Open House
Buy fluffy white towels to create a spa-like feel in the bathrooms.
Buy a front door mat to give a good first impression.
Designate a shoebox for each bathroom to stow away personal items the day of the open house.
Book a reservation for your pet with the dog sitter or at the kennel. Having everyone out of the house on the day of will help you keep your home tidy and smelling fresh.
De-clutter every room (even if you already de-cluttered once before). Don’t hide your stuff in the closet—buyers will open doors to size up closet space. Store your off-season clothes, sports equipment, and toys somewhere else.
Book carpet cleaners for a few days before the open house and a house cleaning service for the day before. Otherwise, make sure to leave time to do these things yourself a couple of days before.
Remove personal pictures- Buyers want to envision themselves in the home
One to Two Weeks Before the Open House
Clean the light fixtures, ceiling fans, light switches, and around door knobs. A spic-and-span housemakes buyers feel like they can move right in.
One Week Before the Open House
Make sure potential buyers can get up close and personal with your furnace, air-conditioning unit, and appliances. They’ll want to read any maintenance and manufacturer’s stickers to see how old everything is.
Clean the inside of appliances and de-clutter kitchen cabinets and drawers and the pantry. Buyers will open cabinet doors and drawers. If yours are stuffed to the gills, buyers may think your kitchen lacks enough storage.
Put out the new door mat to break it in. It’ll look nice, but not too obviously new for the open house.
Week of the Open House
As Your REALTOR® I like to do what I can to make your home feel like and smell like Home! I usually bring ready-made cookie dough and disposable aluminum cookie sheets so I can bake some cookies for the open house. Nothing says “home” like the smell of freshly baked cookies.
As Your REALTOR® I will buy a bag of apples or lemons to display in a pretty bowl.
Clean the windows to let in the most light possible.
Mow the lawn two days before the open house. Mowing the morning of the open house can peeve house hunters with allergies.
As Your REALTOR® I will advertise through Social Media, flyers, and Video throughout the week.
As Your REALTOR® I will put up the “OPEN HOUSE THIS SAT/SUN (Depending on which day)
Day Before the Open House
Put away yard clutter like hoses, toys, or pet water bowls.
Make sure all light bulbs work and replace any bulbs that are burnt out.
Day of the Open House
Put checkbooks, kids’ piggybanks, jewelry, prescription drugs, bank statements, and other valuables in the trunk of your car, at a neighbor’s house, or in your safe. It’s rare, but thefts do happen at open houses.
Set the dining room table for a special-occasion dinner. In the backyard, uncover the barbeque and set the patio table for a picnic to show buyers how elegantly and simply they can entertain once they move in.
Clean off any lawn furniture form spider webs and dirt.
Check any play equipment for spider webs or insect invasions. A kid screaming about spiders won’t endear buyers to your home.
Put up Post-It notes around the house to highlight great features like a recently updated appliance.
Remove shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, and other personal items from the bathtub, shower, and sinks in all the bathrooms. Store them in a shoebox under the sink. Removing personal items makes it easier for buyers to see themselves living in your house.
Stow away excess kitchen counter top appliances.
One Hour Before the Open House
As Your REALTOR® I will arrive and may bake the ready-to-bake cookies you bought earlier this week
Put out water bottles
As Your REALTOR® I will put your bowl of apples or lemons on the kitchen table or bar counter.
Pick up and put away any throw rugs, like the bath mats. They’re a trip hazard.
As Your REALTOR® I will put out directional OPEN HOUSE SIGNS
15 Minutes Before the Open House -(REALTOR®)
Open all the curtains and blinds and turn on the lights in the house. Buyers like bright homes.
Turn on music that will create a nice ambiance
During the Open House
Get out of the house and let the me Your REALTOR® sell it! Potential buyers will be uncomfortable discussing your home if you’re loitering during the open house. Take advantage of your child- and pet-free hours by treating yourself to something you enjoy — a nice lunch, a trip to the bookstore, or a manicure.