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When selling your home, there are several benefits to having an open house

It gets eyes on your home, especially for potential buyers who otherwise may not book a showing. Some homebuyers prefer the less formal setting of an open house and it gives them the opportunity to easily bring along other family members or friends to view it with them. It is also a great opportunity to receive feedback on your home. 

An open house allows you to set it up perfectly ahead of time as you can prepare for the day. Here are the top five things to do to get your home open house ready:

1. Declutter

Clear off countertops and shelves and leave minimal items out in view. Personal items like family photos and knickknacks should be put away before your open house. Don’t forget about your closets and cabinets, have them neat and tidy as well, as people will look in them.

2. Clean, Clean, Clean! 

Have your house spotless from top to bottom. No dust, no dirt, just a freshly cleaned home!

3. Paint

Freshly painted walls help show your home beautifully. Whether your walls are in need of a new colour, or just a touch up job, this small effort will make a big difference in how your home shows. 

4. The Exterior

In the warm months have your lawn mowed, shrubs and trees trimmed up, and make sure all tools, equipment, and lawn toys are stored out of sight. In the winter months ensure your driveway and walkways are cleared and safe. 

5. Special Touches

Set the scene to make your home inviting and pleasant to be in. Feature fresh cut flowers, freshly baked cookies, scented candles, oil diffusers or air fresheners for an added appeal to your home. Open up all curtains and have the lights on to make your home bright. 


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  Marion had completed a number of sales in our community -- and she had worked very hard to have a professional and supportive presence there. When we first contacted Marion, we were a long time away from wanting to/being able to take action. She worked with us throughout this period and provided very helpful market research. along with specific information about prospective properties for us once we were ready to sell. The production of sales material on our home was creative and impressive. She was able to capture its special features, and showcased beautifully the expansiveness of the property. We enjoyed working with Marion. She was patient and supportive and understood that the second half of our initiative (the purchase) was just as important as the first. Thank you, Marion.

Carol Kalbfleisch, Burlington

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