Preparing Your Home for an Open House

Are you listing your home for sale? One of the first things you’ll want to do is have an open house to invite potential buyers to look inside. To ensure a successful event, prepare your home by following these tips.

Replace Outdated Furniture

Purchasing new furniture makes our home appear newer to the eye. If your sofa, chairs Toronto ON or tables are worn or stained, buy neutral replacements to give everything a fresh, new look. The new furniture can be brought with you to your new home or included in the sale price. If you aren’t sure what to replace, reach out to a realtor who has experience staging homes for show.

Pack Away Personal Belongings

Even though you may enjoy looking at a picture of your family on the wall, new owners want to envision themselves living in your home. The best way to do this is to remove anything personal, including photos, awards and personalized mementos. It’s also time to remove the extra stuff sitting in piles or boxes around the house. You want your home to appear relaxing and inviting,  and clutter takes away from that feeling.

Freshen Up the Paint

If you have lived in your home for a while, it’s a good idea to apply new paint. Not only does this provide a crisp, clean look, but it gives you a chance to paint over any dramatic paint schemes or colors. Neutral tones allow buyers to feel that their belongings will fit into the home without clashing with drastic decorating designs. 

Clean the Yard

Since the first thing potential buyers see is the yard, ensure that it looks green and healthy. Trim back bushes, remove dead plants and weeds and keep the grass trimmed. Place a few hanging flower baskets or pots of flowers in your yard if there isn’t much planted to give it an attractive pop of color.