How to Take That Open House From Whoa to Wow!

You’ve done everything your friendly realtor has asked to prepare your home for its first open house. You’ve painted, you’ve polished, you’ve staged…but is there anything else you can do to really amp up that wow factor? Luckily the team of experienced Realtors at Clairwood Real Estate have hosted so many successful open houses, we’ve got a few little extra tips and tricks for you to try out.

Flowers aren’t just for Valentines Day

There’s nothing more delightful than coming home to a fresh bouquet of flowers perfectly arranged in a modern chic vase. Just like writers set the stage for the story to unfold upon, setting the stage for the imagination of potential home buyers is important too. Perhaps they’re looking for a home that’s bigger than the one they currently live in, maybe they're used to seeing a little more clutter than usual. What better way to tell them subconsciously that this is the home for them than by greeting them with a gorgeous bouquet of freshly scented freesia, on a pristinely cleaned kitchen table.

Welcome them at the door

Feeling welcome in someone’s home starts at the front door and there’s nothing that adds to that fresh clean image like a brand new, clean and friendly welcome mat on the front porch or just inside the door. Nothing that’s too personalized but something that generically welcomes you like it would as you step into a posh little, home décor store. You know…those ones that you walk into and say ‘I wish this was my home’.

Add a little sparkle…literally

No, we’re not talking about Christmas decorations or glitter. We’re talking old fashion elbow grease and the right product to shine everything stainless steel in your home. There’s nothing worse than walking into a kitchen during a showing that has beautiful stainless appliances to see little fingerprints and smudges here, there and everywhere. Right before your open house, keep a few high-quality glass and stainless steel cleaning products on hand, whip around with a cloth quickly and polish up every surface to a brilliant shine. You’d hate to have potential homeowners distracted by little spots here and there taking their minds away from dreaming of living in the slice of life you’re selling.

Embrace a little cliché

It’s tried and true. There’s just something homey about walking through a house that feels like home, just the way that mamma kept it. It doesn’t hurt to offer a little snack while your new potential home buyers are contemplating that offer you want them to make either. A fresh batch of homemade cookies, though it seems old-fashioned, it adds the final touch that will take your open house from a 'Whoa, we love this place!' to 'Wow we’ve got to have it!' When it comes to selling your home or buying your new dream home, you deserve good old fashion advice but, of course with a modern upgrade in market knowledge. The knowledgeable real estate team at Clairwood Real Estate knows all the ins and outs, not to mention the best-kept secrets of new homes coming for sale in Collingwood, Blue Mountain, and the surrounding area. When you’re ready to move in or move on up, give us a call at 705-445-7085 and we’ll get that sold sign up sooner than you’d imagined.


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Clairwood Real Estate Corporation, Brokerage
306-10 Keith Ave.
Collingwood ON  L9Y0W5
(705) 445-7085
(877) 445-7085