Top Five Things to Prep Your Home for an Open House

When selling your home, there are several benefits to having an open house.

It gets eyes on your home, especially for potential buyers who otherwise may not book a showing. Some home buyers prefer the less formal setting of an open house and it gives them the opportunity to easily bring along other family members or friends to view it with them. It is also a great opportunity to receive feedback on your home.

An open house allows you to set it up perfectly ahead of time as you can prepare for the day. Here are the top five things to do to get your home open house ready!:

1. Declutter

Clear off countertops and shelves and leave minimal items out in view. Personal items like family photos and knickknacks should be put away before your open house. Don’t forget about your closets and cabinets, have them neat and tidy as well, as people will look in them.

2. Clean, Clean, Clean!

Have your house spotless from top to bottom. No dust, no dirt, just a freshly cleaned home!

3. Paint

Freshly painted walls help show your home beautifully. Whether your walls are in need of a new colour, or just a touch up job, this small effort will make a big difference in how your home shows.

4. The Exterior

In the warm months have your lawn mowed, shrubs and trees trimmed up, and make sure all tools, equipment, and lawn toys are all stored out of sight. In the winter months ensure your driveway and walkways are cleared and safe.

5. Special Touches

Set the scene to make your home inviting and pleasant to be in. Feature fresh cut flowers, freshly baked cookies, scented candles, oil diffusers or air fresheners for an added appeal to your home. Open up all curtains and have the lights on to make your home bright.

Kimmé Myles
Matching her knowledge of Toronto's eclectic mix of downtown neighbourhoods and impassioned by her diverse mix of buyers and sellers, Kimmé is naturally motivated to create a positive and professional experience. Kimmé does her homework and knows her inventory. She is genuine, honest and a straight shooter. Nor is she afraid to think "outside the box" as she employs creative strategies to make dreams become reality. Born and raised in Toronto and coming from a successful fashion background in design and management, Kimmé could not have met a better match for her entrepreneurial skills than by working in Real Estate. Inspired by her father, well known Toronto clothier "Lou Myles", she learned from a very young age to work hard and strive for excellence. In a competitive industry where customer service is paramount, she has received numerous sales awards over a relatively short time in the business. Entrusted with the life choices of her clients, Kimmé is truly honoured to have the opportunity to serve and assist others. Licensed as a full time Sales Representative since 2005 with Royal Lepage Real Estate Services, Ltd., she is proud to be affiliated with the Johnston & Daniel (J&D) Division of Royal Lepage, Toronto's highly respected boutique brokerage and by far Royal Lepage's # 1 producing brokerage across the country.

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