3 Tips to Amaze Buyers at an Open House

If you and your real estate agent have discussed holding an open house as a way to market your home, you're in luck - there are three simple things you can do to help buyers fall in love on the spot. 

3 Tips to Amaze Buyers at an Open House 

First things first: Your real estate agent will walk you through what you need to do in order to prep your house for sale. He or she will have plenty of suggestions so your house can put its best foot (porch?) forward - but check out these three tips that can help you impress buyers at an open house.

  1. Boost your curb appeal
  2. Stash away your "stuff"
  3. Choose neutral decor

Here's a closer look at each.

Open House Prep Tip #1: Boost Your Curb Appeal

Buyers start forming their first impression of your home when they pull up at the curb - and that means you need to make sure that impression is a good one. Head outside and take a good, hard, objective look at your house. Does it need a fresh coat of paint? How worn-looking is your front door? Are your house numbers and porch light fixtures dated?

You also need to check your yard. If there are patches of dead grass (or worse, no grass at all), it's time to start seeding. Make sure your pool is sparkling clean, your sidewalks are power-washed and every window is spotless.

Open House Prep Tip #2: Stash Away Your Stuff

When buyers come to call, they want to see that your space is roomy enough for all their stuff - but they can't do that if your stuff is lying around. Declutter the whole house and take out everything you don't use regularly. That includes inside your cabinets and cupboards, too - buyers will look inside!

Open House Prep Tip #3: Choose Neutral Decor

Swap out family portraits, religious decor or anythign that might be considered controversial - even sports memorabilia - with neutral pieces. You want to appeal to the widest possible range of buyers, which means you have to think like a hotelier. When you visit your favorite getaway, the decor is tasteful and always neutral. It's not that it would fit in anywhere; it's that it's nondescript enough to be aesthetically pleasing and contribute to a pleasant environment.

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