What do you want from an open house? Obviously, you want to attract a lot of potential buyers — and have at least a few of them become seriously interested in your property.

So how do you make your open house as successful as possible?

• Sniff around – The scent is one of the first things people will notice when they walk into your place, and yet there are probably smells around your home that you’ve become used to, or even like, such as lingering perfume scents in the bathroom or remnant odors from cooking a pungent meal. Try to make your home as scent-free as possible.

• Depersonalize – Trophies, pictures, and mementos remind potential home buyers that they’re strangers in someone else’s home. Put away personal items to make each room look as impersonal yet inviting as possible. Stage your rooms as though they were in an attractive furniture store display.

• Get minor repairs done and make sure everything works – Scan your place for dripping faucets, squeaky doors, wall scuffs, burnt-out light bulbs, malfunctioning toilets, derailed closet doors and the like. After a while, you may not notice some of the disrepair, but these problems can stand out like a sore thumb to a potential buyer.

• Consider professional staging – According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 82% of buyer’s agents report that professional staging helps clients visualize a home as their own. Furthermore, the NAR found that 23% of realtors said staging reported a 1 to 5% increase for offers for staged homes. Factoring in the potential increase in value, staging costs can be easily offset.

• Brighten things up – Make sure all areas of your home are well-lit. Natural light has the most appealing effect. Open all the curtains.

A final tip: Unless it’s absolutely necessary, don’t be at home during the open house. Your presence can be intimidating to potential buyers, no matter how cordial and helpful you try to be.

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