An open house is the best opportunity to showcase the best features of your property.  You want to create a lasting first impression on potential buyers; one that resonates with them even after they’ve left the property.  Here are ten simple tricks to emphasize the character of your space that will also help potential buyers envision themselves living there.

  1. DECLUTTER
    It’s important to remove things that will distract buyers from the space itself.  Getting rid of any clutter from places like countertops, showers, baths and entryways helps buyers focus on the space itself.
  2. CLEAN CUPBOARDS AND CLOSETS
    Most buyers are curious about closet space, but believe or not, they’re also going to peak into your cupboards. Organizing these spaces and removing any extra clutter helps emphasize the amount of storage you have and presents them in the most appealing light.
  3. REMOVE EVIDENCE OF PETS
    We all love our furry friends but to potential buyers they suggest potential damage and odors in the space. If buyers are aware pets have lived in the property before, they may be less likely to buy.
  4. UPDATE HARDWARE AND DECOR
    A simple way to give your space a fresh look is to update any hardware or décor items.  Replacing hardware on your kitchen and bathroom cupboards is an inexpensive way to lend a contemporary feel to the space.  A fresh coat of paint can go a long way too!
  5. DEPERSONALIZE
    One of the main goals with an open house is to have potential buyers envision themselves living in the space.  Removing personal items like family photos or kids’ toys avoids buyers from feeling like they’re in someone else’s home.
  6. ATTRACTIVE ENTRYWAY
    You definitely want people to feel welcome upon arrival.  Whether it’s sprucing up the lawn or garden, cleaning the front porch or adding decorative element to your condo door, you want that entryway to be clean and inviting.  Consider a fresh coat of paint on the door or updating any light fixtures.
  7. FURNITURE PLACEMENT
    Consider the traffic flow in your space.  Ensure the way your furniture is arranged emphasizes the size of the space while also making it easy for buyers to navigate the space.
  8. CLEAN WINDOWS
    Ensuring your property is clean is a given but don’t underestimate cleaning your windows. If possible, have the outside of the windows cleaned as well.  Not only does it allow for ample light to enter but it emphasizes your view!
  9. CLIMATE CONTROL
    Whether your open house is during the cold winter months or the hot summer season, you’ll want to cater to the comfort of potential buyers. Be sure to have the heat or A/C on for ultimate comfort.
  10. LIGHT ROOMS
    Rooms will appear larger with more light.  Consider different light sources and opening blinds and shades to help emphasize the features of your space.

The best rule of thumb for an open house is less is more.  Declutter, depersonalize, and clean.  The buyer’s focus should be on the space itself.  Do whatever you can to emphasize your property’s character and charm and your open house is sure to be a success!