****Is Your House Open House Ready?****

Real Estate Agent with Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD Maryland #318884

     First impressions can truly make or break a buyer’s first impression of your home. That is why it is so critical that you make sure that your home is 100% ready for an open house. Our blog today is to go over some very important tips to have your home ready for an open house so you nail it on your first and hopefully last open house!

   Having a clean home should be 1# on your checklist for you open house! Whether you have kids, pets or its just you, cleanliness is very important when it comes to opening your home to potential buyers.  Your home doesn’t need to be spotless, but dust, shoe prints, clothes, dirty dishes and such stand out. So if you aren’t a big cleaner hire a local cleaning service or ask your Realtor for a reference for one. Wow potential buyers when they walk through your doors with a spotless open house!

If you’re like me, I love to light incest and candles almost daily, however, not everyone enjoys the same smells that I do. Odor should be 2# on your checklist. 


Strawberry smelling incest might make a potential buyer cringe when entering your open house, so make sure that you clear out all odors. Make sure your home has a neutral odor.  This includes shampooing your carpets, cleaning out litter boxes and bathing any pets. You can also ask your cleaning company for tips on how to get odors out of your home.

 Curb appeal is appealing to all of us.  This is #3 on your checklist. When pulling up to an open house the first thing that you see is the lawn, driveway and sidewalk. It is very important that you sweep all sideways, trim and mow your yard, and pull up all weeds. All in all, a basic manicure for your front and backyard. Also, include side yards if you have one. Remember the look of your yard sets the tone for the rest of the open house.

Owning a home of course includes basic repairs so if anything is broken, fix it. Anything from a leaky faucet to a burnt out light bulb all need to be repaired or replaced. This should be #4 on your open house checklist. Buyers expect everything to be in tip top condition when entering your home, so small repairs like this are necessary. Remember, it’s all about first impressions. When entering a bathroom and the light doesn’t work, it’s not going to sit well with a potential buyer.

Lastly, leave during the open house. There is no need for you to be there. Let your Realtor handle this part. He or she is an expert in this field. Buyers can be made very uncomfortable knowing that the sellers are in the house.  This is where your Realtor can highlight all the stunning and incredible features of your home. Also, if you have pets take them with you.

 Take this time to go an enjoy a movie or get some shopping in as this is the time for you to relax and let your professional Real Estate Agent take care of the rest.

Emcee and his team of professionals have a comprehensive understanding of the current real estate market and a 25-point marketing strategy that will be customized specifically for your home. This, combined with a reputation for integrity and exceptional customer service, has earned his team the title as the most trusted Realtors in Montgomery County, MD.

Emcee M. Arah                                           

RE/MAX Excellence Realty

10230 New Hampshire Ave, Suite 100

Silver Spring, MD 20903

(301) 452-5252


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Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Definitely agree with the candles and scents.  Too strong and overwhelming can really distract some buyers and make them believe the owners are covering something up.  

Feb 12, 2013 01:42 AM #1
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Emcee, i can remember one open house i did early on in my career where i spent the whole time cleaning the cob webs everywhere...great points!

Feb 12, 2013 11:38 AM #2
Emcee M. Arah
Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD - Silver Spring, MD
Realtor w/Architectural Dimension, AHWD CRS B-Arch

That's right, Kevin. You want them to associate a feeling of "home" with the house, not a feeling of "something's fishy over there" with the house.

That's pretty bad, Ginny. That's definitely not a sight you want the potential buyers to walk away with. They'll go home thinking the house hasn't been lived in for ages and wonder if something is wrong with it - another thing that might be construed as being covered up.


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