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Preparing Your Home for an Open House

Home InteriorHere are a few ways to prepare your home for an open house and keep it show ready throughout the home selling process. You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it count and portray your home in the best condition possible. These tips will help buyers see your home in a positive light and help sell your home for the best price in the shortest amount of time.


Declutter every room in your home, including the closets. Put away small appliances, toys, pet bowls, and excess knick-knacks. You want the buyer to focus on your home, not your belongings. Stay on top of the laundry and the trash. On the outside, move cars out of the driveway and away from your house. Clear off the walkways and remove shoes, bicycles, and garden hoses.


Remove family photos from the wall and take your kids drawings off the refrigerator to make it as easy as possible for buyers to envision themselves living in your home. Go ahead and pack up these items (this will give you less to do later).

Clean up

Show buyers that your home is move-in-ready. Clean your home inside and out so it’s in pristine condition. If needed, hire a professional cleaning service to do a thorough cleaning from top to bottom and then stay on top of it. If you don’t like doing yard work, hire someone to trim the hedges and mow the grass.

Brighten up

Make your home as bright and cheerful as possible. Open the blinds and turn on all the lights, even if it’s a sunny day! Dirty screens and windows can block a lot of light, so keep them clean.

Get out of the house

Take your family out to eat, go to the park, or run some errands. Make buyers feel as comfortable as possible when they look at your home and let them have an open discussion without you being present. If you have pets, remove them if possible, or keep them contained.

Listen to your realtor

Your realtor will have some great ideas for staging your home. Moving (or removing) a piece of furniture or adding a decorative accent piece can make a huge difference.

Contact Coldwell Banker Islands Realty with any questions or to get more information about selling your home.

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