Preparing For Your Open House

If you’re selling your North County San Diego home, then you’ve probably considered hosting an open house. Open houses are a great way to show off your home to many potential buyers at once. For this reason, it’s essential that you spend time preparing for your open house so that you can make the most of this great opportunity. Here’s what you need to know to pull off the perfect open house for your North County home.

Get rid of clutter

First of all, in order to have a successful open house, you need to de-clutter your home. If you have too much stuff, it will be difficult for potential buyers to imagine themselves living there. Think of it as a way to get a head start on your packing. Remove all personal items such as photos and mementos. Now is also the time to remove large or bulky furniture. Too many pieces of furniture in a room make it feel less spacious. Consider renting a storage unit while your home is on the market so you can store all your packed items off your property.

Clean like you’ve never cleaned before

Seriously, though, nobody wants to tour a dirty home. If cleaning is not one of your favorite chores, hire a professional cleaning service to do the job. You want to do a deep clean that includes floors, carpets, windows, upholstery, walls, baseboards, closets, bathrooms – you name it. Your home should be sparkling clean on the day of your open house.

Make repairs

Sure, you’ve gotten used to that loose doorknob or that leaky faucet and hardly notice it anymore. But you can be sure that buyers will. Do a thorough check of your home and make any necessary repairs, such as patching holes in the wall, re-caulking tubs and showers and replacing light bulbs.


If you can’t remember the last time you painted the living room, then it’s time to tackle it now. Giving each room a fresh coat of paint will instantly energize a room and make it feel clean. Choose neutral colors that make the room feel as spacious as possible. Popular colors right now include blue, beige, and gray.

Spruce up your curb appeal

The exterior of your home can make or break your sale. Buyers form impressions about your home based on how it looks on the outside. Make potential buyers want to see the inside by making the outside look inviting. Clean up the yard and trim trees and bushes. Add potted flowers near the front door for instant color. Paint your front door and update the mailbox, lighting fixtures, and house numbers. You don’t have to redo the entire landscape to make your home’s exterior look great. An investment of a few hundred dollars and a weekend of work can make it look fabulous.

Make arrangements to be out of the house

While you will no doubt be curious about what potential buyers think of your home, it is imperative that you are not at the open house. Make arrangements to be somewhere else for the duration of the event. This includes any pets you have as some buyers may not like pets or may be allergic to them.

Contact the Clark & Gilman Team

Are you ready to host the perfect open house? Then contact the Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected]. We’ve sold one home every 3.3 days since 1997, and we would love to help you sell yours! Contact us today to get started.

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