Planned open house appointments will allow you time to prepare. But oftentimes, the window of opportunity to expose your property to a motivated buyer can be small. So every time you leave your home, make sure it’s ready for an unexpected showing.
When preparing your home, think about the techniques used to show builders’ model homes or what you might do to prepare for honored guests.
• Review pointers from “First Impressions” checklist, particularly regarding cleanliness, clutter, and repairs-interior and exterior
• Create as much light, cheerful and serene an environment as possible
• Open drapes and light lamps including those in closets, basement or attic
• Add a welcoming touch by filing candy dishes and putting out fresh flowers
• Make beds, put clothes and towels away, keep decorator pillows orderly
• Turn blinds so slats are uniformly open. Put on light if room is dark
• Put out a clean hand towel, fresh soap and soap dish
• Put commode lid down and ensure tissue supply is adequate
• Potpourri dish can provide a nice sight and scent
• Put away last minute dishes and conceal countertop articles
• Simmer a few drops of vanilla on stove
• Arrange inviting centerpiece
• Consider setting the table with fine china and linen
• Light chandelier
Living Room/Family Room/Den
• Straighten pictures on walls
• Adjust couch cusions and throw pillows
• Dispose of newspapers and drink containers and polish tabletops
• Light fireplace if winter
• When exiting just before buyers arrive, turn around at front door and see what the prospect’s first impression will be
• What is the first thing you notice from that vantage point? Is that what you are trying to portray?
Notify your neighbors of scheduled open house days, and assure them they’ll be welcome. Their eagerness to discover decorating ideas for their own homes may actually result in them turning up a buyer among their friends.