• Greg Schwalbach

Open House: The Final Preparations

The open house is crucial to getting your house out to potential buyers. If you want maximum appeal at this pivotal moment, take these tips to heart, write them down, and prep yourself.

Clean, Clean, Clean

One of the biggest things you can do is to clear your house of any clutter in the house. Whether you rent some storage space or ask a friend if they have an empty garage, rid your house of anything that is unnecessary, even if you’ve had your house staged.

Clean the exterior of the exterior of the house. Clean the walls, the front door, rain gutters, and so on. Even a new welcome mat goes a long way at an open house.

In the interior, make sure every appliance is shining and spotless. Every kitchen appliance, every bathroom appliance, every window, mirror, and counter surface.

New Linens

To spruce up the bedrooms, either clean the linens you have, or get some fresh new ones. Like the walls, neutral colors appeal to the most people. I would highly suggest getting new ones if your linens are not already a solid color.

Keep it Neutral

Keep the imagery and rooms as neutral as possible. Try not to showcase and personal photos, wall hangings, or decorations that would detract from showing of your house, not your personality. Remember, you have to break the bond you had with this home.


While these are only some small tips, it’s the little things that go a long way. The goal is to make your house as appealing as possible to get sold as quick as possible. Once you open the doors for your open house, your mission is to provide a marketable house to potential buyers. Let go of your emotional connection, and get ready for the selling process to officially begin.

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