If you live in upstate New York or the Capital District, you may be experiencing a snowy winter. You still have a home to sell though and an Open House may be a great way to introduce the buying public to your home! You only have one chance to make a first impression so be sure to make the experience a positive one. Here are some tips that you may find useful:

  • Make sure the driveway and sidewalk is free of snow and ice
  • Place a mat for boots and wet shoes at the inside entrance to your home
  • Have an umbrella stand available for those snowy or rainy days
  • Be sure the home has been professionally cleaned  including carpeting (unless you promise to do the same quality job yourself)
  • Remove all pet dishes and litter boxes and store them away
  • Turn on all lights so your home looks bright and welcoming
  • Hide all of your valuables including expensive perfume and cologne
  • Remove all clutter (organize your closets) and personal photos so your home appears more spacious
  • Seasonal fresh flowers on your table should be the only item on it

Your real estate professional is the best person to conduct the Open House.  As a seasoned professional, that is what I am trained to do.  Prospective buyers often feel intimidated when a seller is present. Buyers may be reluctant to open closets or cabinets. They may not feel comfortable speaking openly with one another in a seller's presence. For more tips on a productive open house, please feel free to contact me directly at

Respectfully submitted by Dede Olds, Associate Broker, Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

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