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7 Tips for Keeping your Home Open-House Ready

by Debbie Correale

Living in your home while trying to sell it can be daunting as it has to be open-house ready at a moment’s notice. Most of the homes I stage are lived in while the house is on the market. After the staging consultation and the to-do list is created, how can a homeowner maintain a nicely staged home and live their day-to-day lives?

7 Preparation tips for an open-house:

  1. Snap pictures of the rooms after staging. You can then use those pictures as a reference; if you move furniture, pillows, throws, etc., you can quickly put everything in its place.
  2. Keep decorative baskets or containers in areas where “stuff” accumulates in your house. For example, use them to quickly pick up mail, catalogs, and random toys and place them in closets or bookcases.
  3. If you have kids, be sure the play area is picked up, and all toys are stored in decorative bins that the home stager recommends for the playroom. Keep gaming consoles, plugs, etc., out of sight for the showing by having a basket or container available.
  4. Keep the exterior of your house looking clean. Quickly sweep your doorway, removing any cobwebs, etc., so that the potential buyer’s first impression is good.
  5. Clear the bathroom counters. Keep the necessary cleaning items in the bathroom to quickly wipe the counter and mirror, to remove water stains. Place the decorative towels, referencing your pictures, as the home stager suggested. Empty the trash, and remove all visible cleaners, plungers, and brushes. Be sure all toilet seat lids are down!
  6. Make your beds and ensure that no clothes are hanging or sitting anywhere. Hang up anything on the floor or have a lovely laundry container (with a lid) to place all random pieces.
  7. To keep your kitchen open-house ready, I recommend keeping your meals simple while selling your home. Remove your garbage frequently to ensure no bad smells and avoid strong-smelling foods.

Once you get into the routine, you will find it isn’t as bad as you imagined. Staying on top of house cleaning is the key to success. Another tip that a homeowner offered me is that they used a laundry basket to pick up anything random and stored it in their car during the open house!

If you are planning to sell your home this year, contact me for a professional home staging consultation by calling me at 610-955-8202 or email me.

By Debbie Correale, Redesign Right, LLC. Connect on Facebook Redesignright, Instagram Redesignright, Pinterest, Houzz, LinkedIn. Feature photo owned by Debbie Correale.

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