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Preparing Your Home for an Open House: Do's and Don'ts

Open House in Greater BostonWhen it comes to selling your home, hosting an open house can be a powerful tool. It gives potential buyers the opportunity to tour your property in a low pressure environment. However, the way you present your home can significantly influence buyers' perceptions. Here are some do's and don'ts for preparing your home for an open house with Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty.


Do Clean Thoroughly: A spotless home is inviting. Ensure your home is clean from top to bottom. Pay attention to overlooked areas like baseboards, window sills, and ceiling fans.

Do De-Clutter: Clutter distracts buyers from the beauty of your home. Remove personal items like family photos, pet accessories, and knickknacks. This helps buyers visualize themselves living in the space.

Do Stage Your Home: Staging can make your home more appealing. Arrange furniture to highlight your home's best features, add fresh flowers, and set the dining room table to create a warm atmosphere.

Do Enhance Curb Appeal: First impressions matter. Spruce up your home's exterior with well manicured lawns, fresh paint where needed, and clean windows.

Do Use Light to Your Advantage: Bright homes tend to be more inviting. Keep curtains and blinds open to let in natural light, and ensure all lights are working.


Don't Be Present: Buyers might feel uncomfortable exploring your home if you're around. It's best to leave during the open house.

Don't Neglect Small Repairs: Unfixed issues can deter buyers. Ensure all appliances are working, and fix minor issues like leaky faucets or squeaky doors.

Don't Forget About Odors: Unpleasant smells can be off-putting. Eliminate any pet or food odors and consider using mild air fresheners.

Don't Keep Pets Around: Not all potential buyers are pet lovers. Arrange for your pets to be elsewhere during the open house.

Don't Over Personalize: While you want your home to feel cozy, too much personalization can hinder buyers from envisioning themselves in the space. Stick to neutral decor and colors.

At Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty, we're committed to helping you showcase your home in the best light possible. Our team of professionals is ready to guide you through the process, offering services like pre-listing prep, property presentation, and even white glove services for a seamless selling experience. Contact us today to get started.

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