Are you looking for ways to prepare for an open house or house showings without losing your mind?

When the time has come to put your home on the market, you will want to make sure if shows well. You may feel overwhelmed by all the preparation that you have before you. Here is a list with 7 tips to successfully preparing for your open house.

7 Tips to Prepare for Your Open House

1. De-clutter

At this stage in the game, you want to de-clutter every room. Whatever you do not need on hand should be stored, given away, or sold. Some items to include when de-cluttering are small kitchen appliances you do not use every day, magazines, knickknacks, and according to even extra furniture. 

Don’t forget about the closets. De-clutter those as well and organize them.

2. Keep Your Trunk Empty

This tip was found on a blog from The article is about tips for moving when you have kids. This little tip though, can be helpful whether you have kids or not. 

Keep the trunk of your car empty when moving and some spare bins. Use those spare bins and empty trunk to store needed items quickly.

3. Dealing with Smells

After living in a home for a while, you won’t even notice that particular aroma. Truth be told, it’s probably a good smell. When staging your home for an open house, it’s best to start off with a neutral smell. Getting your carpets shampooed will help and will also create a clean look to them.

When an open house is coming up or your home is on the market, avoid cooking strong smelling food like garlic and fish.

The smell of cookies or banana bread is always a welcomed one. To help make this easier, try making a double batch of cookie dough, roll them into balls, and freeze them. When it’s time for an open house or showing, pull them out 30 minutes before and then bake.

4. Deal With Repairs

If you have been putting off any repairs, even if minor, now is the time to fix them.

5. New Linens, New Towels, and a New Welcome Mat

Dress the beds in new neutral linens. Dress the bathroom and kitchen with neutral towels. Add a new welcome mat to the homes entryway.

6. Deep Clean and Hire a House Cleaner

Having an extra clean home during the open house will be worth all your effort. Trying to keep a home surface clean when selling can be difficult enough especially if you have kids. Bring in extra help by hiring a house cleaner.

7. Leave

Potential buyers will feel more comfortable if you are not there. Your real estate agent will be able to field all their questions. Now it’s time for you to head out on a fun excursion.

Take Away

Preparing to show your house when you put it on the market can be stressful. With these 7 strategies from de-cluttering to deep cleaning and hiring a house cleaner, you will be able to reduce the stress.

After you’ve accepted the offer on your house, it will be time to move. If you have kids, make sure to check out my article 7 Tips to Help When Moving With Kids.