So with our house not selling immediately we’ve had our fare share of open houses and viewings. Thought I’d tell you of a few of the things we’ve done to prepare for them besides the endless cleaning.
Fresh flowers. Nothing over the top but making sure all plants (two ivies and two orchids) looking fresh and a bunch of crispy tulips to welcome everyone.
This wasn’t my idea but our realtor’s actually. He switched his regular container for shoe covers to our galvanized bucket which I thought was a nice touch.
The booklets and interest sheets were laid out on the counter in the hallway towards the living room.
All laundry baskets and hampers received covers of clean towels. The ones in the laundry room to disguise the dirty laundry inside and this one in my closet …
… to hide all those personal toiletries and every day items that you need but don’t want to show. I got the idea from Sherry and John who did this when they were showing their house. Like they said, people will open your cabinets and look inside but they won’t be likely to dive into your hamper. Wise words.
We also did stuff like hide away the kitty litter box, remove the cube stools from the window in the living room so people can look out properly, remove the dish rack & co, empty all trash cans, remove as much cat hair as possible with a lint roller just before leaving and fill the fruit bowl.
Our open houses and showings are a thing of the past now (will tell more next week!) but I know that some readers are on the move like we are so what are your best pre house showing tips for them?