and Open Houses
to learn more about making a Good First Impression
Planned open house appointments
will allow you time to prepare. But often times, the window of opportunity
to expose your property to a motivated buyer can be small. So every time you
leave your home, make sure it is ready for an unexpected showing.
When preparing your home, think about the techniques used to show builder’s
model homes or what you might do to prepare for honored guest.
- Review pointers from "First
Impressions" checklist, particularly regarding cleanliness, clutter and
repairs - interior and exterior.
- Create as light, cheerful and
serene an environment as possible.
- Open drapes and light lamps
including those in closets, basement or attic.
- Add a welcoming touch by filling
candy dishes and putting out fresh flowers.
- Make beds, put clothes and toys
away, keep decorator pillows orderly.
- Turn blinds so slats are uniformly
open. Put on light if room is dark.
- Put out a clean hand towel,
fresh soap and soap dish.
- Put commode lid down and ensure
tissue supply is adequate.
- Potpourri dish can provide a
nice sight and scent.
- Put away last minute dishes
and conceal countertop articles.
- Simmer a few drops of vanilla
- Arrange inviting centerpiece.
- Consider setting the table with
fine china and linen.
- Light chandelier.
- Straighten pictures on walls.
- Adjust couch cushions and throw
- Dispose of newspapers and drink
containers, and polish tabletops.
- Light fireplace in winter.
- When exiting just before buyers
arrive, turn around at the front door and see what the prospect’s first
impression will be. What is the first thing you notice from that vantage
point? Is it an asset?
Notify your neighbors of scheduled
Open House days, and assure them they will be welcome. Their eagerness to
discover decorating ideas for their own homes may actually result in them
turning up a buyer among their friends.