A fun article I was interviewed for:How to Prep for an Open House: One Realtor Weighs InCongratulations on putting your home on the market! This is one of many steps in the home-selling process, but it is certainly a big one. Soon buyers will be coming to view your humble abode in the hopes that it will be the place they will call home. But first you need to make sure your home is ready for that first open house so that you can reap the benefit. According to Joey McCune, Founder/Broker at Reside. Real Estate Group, “The benefit is to get as many interested parties through the home as possible. The more buyers that have the opportunity to tour the home, the more offers the seller may receive.” With these tips, as well as advice from a realtor who has done it all, your home will be ready to welcome buyers in no time.Clean It UpThink of an open house like a dinner party — you want the entire house in tip-top shape to impress your guests. Potential buyers will be examining every room, closet, cabinet and space in your home, so a quick tidy-up won’t cut it. You’ll need to deep clean everything, including the spaghetti sauce splattered in the microwave as buyers look at everything. Go room by room and wipe everything down including appliances, countertops, window blinds, ceiling fans and mirrors. Pay attention to the overlooked areas such as under the bed and couch, or the corner of the room that the vacuum can never quite reach. If you need cleaning advice, don’t be afraid to ask your realtor. “Educate the sellers on what is expected regarding the condition of the home. Clean, beds made, laundry put away, dishes put away,” McCune says. “The home should be market ready and show ready.” If you need to, bring in professional help. The average price for a one-time interior house cleaning in Seattle is $121 – $239, and will ensure your home passes the test.Curb Appeal MattersThe very first thing buyers see when they pull up in front of your home is the exterior. If the yard is overgrown with weeds and the shutters are visibly worn, it doesn’t make a good first impression.“Street appeal is equally important to interior prep when marketing a property,” McCune says. You don’t have to be an expert to add curb appeal. Stick to simple projects that pack a big punch such as painting the front door, shutters, and trim. Give the exterior of your home (siding, brick, stucco, stone, etc.) a good pressure wash, but be sure to use a low pressure setting so you don’t strip away paint and turn off all exterior electricity. Don’t forget the basic yard maintenance either such as mowing, trimming, and weeding. If you have a furry family member, make sure all poop is removed, as buyers will want to check out the front and backyard.Realtors Recommend ItDon’t underestimate the power of an open house. It might sound simple enough, but it makes a huge difference, which is why McCune highly recommends them.“It gives interested buyers the opportunity to take their time and tour a home. A Broker is on site to answer any questions and help in any way,” McCune says. “With technology leading the way in real estate these days, buyers find their own homes online — this is an easy way for them to get inside and see if it is a home that works for them.” An open house is their opportunity to picture what their life will look like with your home as the backdrop. Before you know it buyers will be pouring it, so take the time to prepare and get your home in order for the open houses to come. Clean your home from top to bottom, declutter and give the exterior some TLC, too. When that first offer comes in, you’ll be happy you did.

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