How To Have A Successful Open House

When my youngest child moved out, I was left living in a large home by myself. Weekend visits from the grandchildren only filled the space part of the time. The home became more of a burden as each day passed. It was not until I was working with my real estate agent to sell my home and find a smaller home did I realize that there were so many others in the same position. I created this blog to help other empty nesters explore their options for downsizing and to provide guidance on finding a new home that fits in more with their lifestyle.

How To Have A Successful Open House

How To Have A Successful Open House

30 October 2014
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Real Estate, Blog


If you're trying to sell your home on your own, you'll want to know how to best stage your home for an open house. An open house should give off a warm and comfortable vibe that allows visitors to see themselves making the house their home. Follow the tips below to set your house up for a successful open house:

Bake something that smells good

Right before your open house is set to start; you want to put something in the oven that will fill the house up with a good smell. Fresh bread or cookies are a good choice. Once the food is done baking, it will leave your home smelling very warm and inviting. Plus, you can put the food on a serving tray and have something to offer those who come to the open house.

Don't use a lot of artificial scents

While you want your home to smell its best, you don't want to turn to a lot of artificial scents, such as incense or oils. There are a lot of people that are sensitive to these smells; some can even have negative reactions to them, such as the triggering of an asthma attack.

Don't go for a "lived in" look

You may think leaving a coat on the back of the chair and a pair of shoes will give your home a more liven in feel people will be drawn to. However, there are some people whose own home never looks lived in, and they may view this as a "mess." This can lead to them coming up with all kinds of their own conclusions about what the condition of your home is like on a normal basis. They can even come to the conclusion that it must have bugs, etc.

Leave your family pictures up, but not in excess

You want to leave a few family portraits up, this will add to the homey feeling. However, leaving up too many pictures can make it difficult for a person to visualize their own family in the home, in their mind it will be marked as yours due to the abundance of family photos strewn throughout the house.

When you decide to sell your home, you may find the entire process to be much easier with the help of a residential real estate agent, like from Renton702 Real Estate & Property Management. They will take care of everything for you, including the open house.

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Home Buying Tips for Empty Nesters

When my youngest child moved out, I was left living in a large home by myself. Weekend visits from the grandchildren only filled the space part of the time. The home became more of a burden as each day passed. It was not until I was working with my real estate agent to sell my home and find a smaller home did I realize that there were so many others in the same position. I created this blog to help other empty nesters explore their options for downsizing and to provide guidance on finding a new home that fits in more with their lifestyle.

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