You might not like the idea of a bunch of strangers parading throughout your home, nor are you too keen on giving up a perfectly good weekend to open the doors to the neighborhood, but an open house can be an effective marketing tactic to draw in the right buyers, and provide them with an opportunity to see your home up close and personal.

Getting your home ready for an open house will involve a number of tasks, including obvious ones like cleaning up and putting everything back in its place. However, there are a few extra tips you may want to consider to ensure your open house is a success.

Get Your Home Professionally Staged

Statistics show that professionally staged homes sell faster and for more money than homes that aren’t. Based on that fact alone, it’s worth considering having an experienced home stager come into your home to prep it for the market. Not only should you have your home staged for your open house, you should also have it staged for your listing’s photos before you even put it up on the market. Having your furniture arranged appropriately and setting out just the right number and type of accessories can transform your home into one that buyers will be drawn to and will be enticed to put an attractive offer on.

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De-Personalize Your Home

You obviously still live in the home, but you want buyers to be able to see themselves living there instead. If your home is filled with family portraits, your children’s artwork, or religious or political artifacts, it will be tough for them to forget that another family lives there while they try to envision themselves calling the place home. In order to avoid this, put away all of your family photos, kids’ art, grocery lists, and other personal knickknacks like these to help make your home as generic-looking as possible.

Set Out Fresh Flowers

There’s something to be said about freshly cut flowers and greenery in a home. It infuses a sense of serenity, adds wonderful color, and wafts a lovely scent throughout the space. Even after you’ve staged your home, don’t forget to put out a few vases of your favorite flowers.

Set the Table

Just because you’re not ready to sit down for dinner doesn’t mean the table should be empty. Get out your favorite dishes and centerpiece for the dining room table, and set it the way you would if the Pope was coming to dinner. Buyers will enjoy the extra decor.


Buyers want to be able to have the freedom to open every drawer, door, and lid as they please when they are looking through a home. They also want to be comfortable talking freely and openly about the home without being worried that the owners will overhear them. They won’t have that liberty if you remain present throughout the duration of the open house. On that day, make plans to stay out of the home while the open house is going on, and be sure to take any furry friends along with you.

The luxury real estate market in Los Angeles is a hot one right now, and the best way to navigate these waters is with an experienced team of real estate agents with plenty of expertise in the luxury housing market in the area. If you’re in the market to buy or sell in L.A., be sure to get in contact with our team today!


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    Home size: 2,024 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,956 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,989 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,549 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,588 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,197 sqft
  4. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,617 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,250 sqft
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    Home size: 4,400 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,008 sqft

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