Any advice for getting your home ready for an open house?

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    ElleBeeposted 8 years ago

    Any advice for getting your home ready for an open house?

    Any advice for setting up your home for an open house... I'm looking for staging tips that don't require the assistance of HGTV or a carpenter!

  2. internpete profile image87
    internpeteposted 8 years ago

    When I was a kid, my family did a lot of open houses/large group gatherings and so we got pretty good at getting the house ready in a few hours.

    Most of the things to do are pretty obvious - sweep, vacuum, mop the floors, basically clean the house it looks good. Put any loose items away, like toys or even just stuff that clutters like newspapers or magazines.

    Have the table with food against a wall setup in a buffet style so people can just walk by and grab a little food. Have lots of chairs, and set them up in small groups of 4-6 chairs so that groups of people can sit and talk. If there are going to be kids, consider a kids area outside, upstairs or in the basement where they can play.

    Also try to leave some open areas around the food where people can just stand and talk.

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      ElleBeeposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the suggestions.  I actually meant a real estate open house, should have clarified! But the cleaning/picking up clutter definitely still applies smile

  3. innerspin profile image91
    innerspinposted 8 years ago

    Don't have personal photographs on view. Prospective buyers like a fairly blank canvass so they can imagine themselves living in the house. When we viewed our current home, there were pictures of the owner breastfeeding her baby, and lots of kiddie pics, like having a bath. Obviously they meant a lot to the family, but we didn't want that distraction.

  4. Admiral Murrah profile image79
    Admiral Murrahposted 8 years ago

    An overview of some of the tricks and techniques that can help your home leave a favorable impression during an open house. read more

  5. fitmom profile image84
    fitmomposted 8 years ago

    Besides cleaning and getting rid of clutter, have something like fresh baked cookies that makes the whole house smell delicious and homey. The people will walk in and have a good feeling immediately from the smell.

  6. btrbell profile image91
    btrbellposted 8 years ago

    One thing that has always been a staple for us when holding an open house is to have an apple baking in the oven. It smells like apple pie but you don't have to mess up the kitchen to make it smell homey and fresh. Good luck!


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