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7 Steps to Preparing for an Open House

1. Hire a cleaning service – or be willing to shed some bled, sweat, and tears cleaning. A spotlessly clean home is essential; dirt will turn off a prospect faster than anything. If this means you need to read reviews on vacuums because your old vacuum is dying, then head over to sites like

All Great Vacuums before you purchase one. You need a clean house, and like we say if you don’t have one then you’ll miss out! This rule applies to all cleaning products; make sure you read reviews first before you spend the money. You need things that work well to have a really clean home, and to reduce the blood, sweat and tears!

2. Mow your lawn, and be sure toys and yard equipment are stored away in storage sheds.

3. Serve cookies, coffee, and soft drinks. It creates a welcoming touch. But be sure the kitchen has been cleaned up; use disposable cups so the sink doesn’t fill up. Speaking of a welcoming touch, you also need to make sure that the outside of your house looks just as presentable as the inside. If you’re preparing for an open house viewing, it might be worth checking out a website like and enquire about exterior cleaning. You want your house to be looking the best it can be!

4. Lock up your valuables, jewelry, and money. Although your Realtor will be on site during the open house, it’s impossible to watch everyone all the time.

5. Turn on all the lights. Even in the daytime, incandescent lights add sparkle.

6. Send your pets to a neighbor or take them outside. If that’s not possible, crate them or confine them to one room (a basement or bath), and let the Realtor know where to find them. Also, make sure any pet hair has been cleaned up, as this is very off-putting to prospective buyers. According to Pupster Passion, a Roomba is the easiest and best way to keep floors clean from dog hair.

7. Leave. It’s awkward for prospective buyers to look in your closets and express their opinions of your home with you there.

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