When it comes time to show your home to potential buyers, you only have one chance to make a first impression. Holding an open house will draw potential buyers and allow them to see all of what your home has to offer. You should of course take care of all major repairs before you have an open house, but below are some things you can do to help prepare and make the most of your showing. 

  • Be sure to leave the home during the showing.  Potential buyers tend to  feel uncomfortable with the sellers hanging around. You want buyers to get a feel for the home, not feel like they cannot look around.
  •  When you leave be sure to take your pets with you. Barking or agressive dogs even confined to a garage will make buyers feel restricted as to where they can look.
  • Depersonalize your home. It may feel strange but by removing your personal treasures and photos from the home can help with the sale. You want potential buyers to focus on the best features of your home and you want them to envision their family in the home.
  • Remove all vehicles from the driveway. Ask your neighbors to help out by not parking in front of your house.
  • Be sure that the home is spotless and free of unpleasant odors prior to the open house. You may want to bake a fresh batch of cookies an hour or two before the open house begins. Not only will the aroma mask any unpleasant smells, but it will create a warm and inviting ambiance.
  • Remove all private, and personal/fnancial documents from view. Be sure to also take all medications and valuables with you. While it is rare that you will have a problem it is better safe than sorry. You want to focus on selling your home not worring about a theft.
  • Create a bulletin board of seasonal house photographs so buyers can see what the home would look like at another time of the year. This is especially helpful to showcase gardens during the winter.
  • Set out all documents pertaining to the house: Inspection reports, appraisals, major repairs and warranties, blueprints for additions etc.