Preparing your home for an open house can be a little like getting ready for a blind date. You donâ€™t know what you may be facing but it is important to look your best. Open houses can often be stressful for homeowners because they know that strangers will be tromping through the door evaluating every last detail. You know the home needs to be as clean as possible but here are a few other things to keep in mind as you prepare.
Depersonalize as much as you can: You donâ€™t want strangers seeing all your personal stuff and thatâ€™s reason enough to put photos, awards and sentimental objects elsewhere but thereâ€™s another reason as well. All that stuff is distracting and your potential home buyer could spend more time looking at what is in the home than actually seeing their lives taking place there. Your goal is to have your home appear as a blank slate, just waiting for a new buyer to make their mark. Pets should be out of the home not just for the day but ideally for a few days in order to allow any lingering odors to dissipate.
- Annamaria Diangelo