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5 Things to Keep Out of Sight During an Open House

The open house is the first impression your home makes on potential buyers. It’s kind of like a first date, you want to get your home all cleaned up and looking its best. When you’re prepping your home be sure to keep these items out of sight, it can mean the difference between an offer and a walk out the door!

  1. Valuables – We promise prospective buyers usually aren’t jewelry thieves, but it’s always best to keep valuables (jewelry, cash, credit cards, etc.) out of sight or in a secure place when you have a lot of foot traffic through your home. This way it’s one less thing to worry about, and we know you could live with less worrying during this time!

  2. Personal Photos – Don’t get us wrong, your family is beautiful. And that picture of your dog catching the tennis ball? The stuff dreams are made of. But it’s essential for prospective buyers to be able to imagine themselves in your home and that can be hard with your daughter’s graduation photos on the mantle.

  3. Unfinished Chores – The last thing a prospective buyer wants to see is a pile of laundry or a sink full of dishes. Because, let’s be honest, it’s a reminder of all the chores everyone still has to do at home. We want this first impression to feel like a super clean fantasy house, so save the laundry for tomorrow!

  4. Alcohol – No judgment, we love a glass of wine at the end of the day too. That said, you never know who will walk through the door and what associations they have. A fully stocked bar cart might be enticing for some, but it’s not always a great sell for a buyer who doesn’t drink. Best to keep our cocktail preferences to ourselves and appeal to all audiences.

  5. Prescriptions – We don’t want your personal medical history aired for the general public (and we’re sure you don’t either!). Keeping prescriptions out of sight in a drawer or medicine cabinet keeps the bathroom area clean and organized and removes the worry of anything being misplaced.

More questions about preparing your home for an Open House, or want to talk through your options when selling your home? We offer all of our selling clients two photo-preparation walk throughs to help with furniture, wall arrangements and finishing touches. Contact us early and we’ll make the process as easy as can be! Shoot us an e-mail at


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