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Keeping Your Home Open-House Ready during Your Sale

Your plans are beginning to fall into place for your move. You have found a new home that is located in an incredible neighborhood, you have teamed up with Jacksonville Movers to get you into your new home efficiently, and you have listed your current property for sale on the housing market. Now is the time to organize an open house so interested buyers can have a firsthand look at the property.

Planning and executing an open house is an excellent way to drive your home’s market appeal because buyers can actually physically walk inside instead of simply looking at pictures. Maintaining your property for these “walk-throughs” may seem intimidating at first, but with a couple of helpful suggestions, you can be well on your way to impressing interested families and giving them a taste of the enjoyment you have felt in your home that is now for sale.

Spruce Up the Curb Appeal

The first impression people get when they pull up to your home is influenced almost entirely by how the exterior of your property appears. Trimmed lawns with manicured bushes and trees, complete with polished hardware will be much more appealing than a dry lawn with piles of junk on the side of your house. You don’t have to put a lot of resources into this renewal process; a simple mow, trim, and sweep could do. Other things you may consider include: polishing the front door handle and lights, adding some flowers, or even just adding a simple wreath hung on the front door.

Complete Routine Maintenance and Repairs

When buyers walk into your home, you want them to notice how everything works properly and efficiently. A leaky sink, a noisy toilet, or a loose cupboard drawer could be just enough to deter a person from feeling 100% confident about the “perfection” of your home. Before hosting your open house, be sure to complete routine maintenance like air duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, window washing, and drain cleaning. Additionally, make any necessary repairs so everything is in working order and functioning in your favor.

Say Goodbye to Clutter

Clutter is inevitable as a person or family inhabits an area for so long. However, clutter can cause big problems for your open house. First, it makes it more difficult for potential buyers to picture themselves living in your home when there is random stuff lying everywhere. Secondly, it can work against you by making the space appear unorganized, dirty, and unkempt.

In the weeks leading up to your open house, get rid of unwanted items and rearrange furniture, appliances, and décor to give a fresh look to each room. Two recommended suggestions are to organize a yard sale where you can make a small profit by selling your unwanted stuff. You may also consider giving it to goodwill to provide less fortunate families with a new couch, set of dishes, or some cheap home décor.

Clean on a Regular Basis 

Last but not least, take time before the open house to clean up each room. Simple tasks such as vacuuming, dusting, and clearing dishes and clutter are excellent ways to prep for company.

Presenting your home to potential buyers can be done effectively by following these suggestions from Jacksonville Movers and can give you the confidence to comfortably host your own open house.