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Who Wants A Successful Open House?

Sep 4, 2008
The open house has been part of the real estate selling process for years. That being said, most people still do an atrocious job throwing them. That is until you read this article and put the tips into practice.

Once you decide to sell the abode you have lived in, you need to make an emotional change. The property is no longer your home. It is just a product that must be sold. Come to grips with this and most of these open house tips will make sense.

I am continually amazed at how often I attend an open house and see what people do with the windows. More often than not, they leave the blinds covering a window that has a good view. Do not make this mistake. Leave them open!

We are known as consumers. As part of our consuming, we produce trash. This is true for any one of us. When you have an open house, make sure all trash is gone. Garbage receptacles should all be emptied and not smelling horrific.

A bathroom is a critical room in the open house. Buyers will go over it with a fine tooth comb. Shower doors should be so clean you can see yourself in them. Use an industrial size squeegee to prevent streaks.

The toilet comes in a close second after the shower doors. It should look brand new. Obviously, you should scrub the inside till it gleams, but do not forget the exterior. Make sure to reach around the back as well.

For some reason, the focus point of every home seems to be the kitchen. Yours should sparkle. This is a critical room, so clean everything like you have never cleaned before. Bake something that smells tasty to appeal to the sense of smell.

If you need a priority list for cleaning the kitchen, start at the stove. Top to bottom, inside and out, it must appear to be not clean, but new. Buyers know this is where the action occurs every day and will inspect it closely.

The place we store our food is next on the list. The refrigerator is nearly impossible to always keep clean, but you need to do it now. Do a big clean the day before the open house and then give it a once over an hour before hand.

Now make sure to walk the home and remove the clutter. In this case, clutter includes family members and pets. They should not be present at the open house no matter how cute you might think them.

I cannot emphasize enough that you must focus on the fact you are selling a product, not your home. Think of selling an old car. What did you do? You cleaned it up as much as possible and treated it as a product. Do the same with your home.
About the Author
Hal James teaches you how to sell your own home with a free one month listing at FSBOAmerica.org.
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