Open House Success


Easy Does It: Open House Success Starts with Simple Preparations. There is a science to having a successful open house. But it doesn’t require a PhD in human psychology. While your real estate agent can help, there are a few things you can do to enhance your open house efforts. Clean top to bottom. The first thing guests of your open house will notice is whether or not the home is clean. A dirty home equals a less valuable piece of property. Your best bet is to hire a professional cleaning service to do a one-time deep clean of the home. Estimates that most homeowners can expect to spend between $100 and $200 to hire a professional cleaning service. It’s an inexpensive way to ensure your home is in its best condition. Remove pets. Your dog might be your best friend and a beloved member of your household,but your house is not a home anymore — it is a sellable asset. 

When your home is on the market, your pets become a liability. Not only do they pose a potential threat to unexpected visitors, but also they can be distracting and can leave a lingering odor that even the most enthusiastic buyer can’t ignore.  Offer an indulgence. The human brain is wired to embrace scents that evoke a sense of comfort or pleasure. Fragrances such as citrus, vanilla, and cedar are not distracting and can be a boon to your open house, according to US News & World Report. But perhaps even more inviting is the smell of warm cookies and fresh coffee wafting through the air. Not only do these scents make your home feel comfortable, but your buyers will enjoy having a cup of Joe and a sweet treat while perusing your property. When it’s time to make an offer, they’ll have better memories of the home if they associate it with the positive feelings that go along with something as simple as coffee and a cookie.  

Trim the trees. The inside of your home may be a priority, but if the outside looks bad, your open house visitors may perceive the overall condition of the property as poor. A few days before your open house, take some time to spruce up your landscaping by trimming the trees and bushes, cleaning up the flower beds, and planting a few seasonal flowers for a pop of color that will make your home stand out. Curb appeal is essential to successfully selling your home. Better Homes & Gardens offers more easy landscaping ideas in this post. Make it inviting. While you don’t want your home to look “lived in,” you do want to look livable. Leave a few subconscious messages around the house that it’s an inviting place to relax and unwind. You might, for instance, place a few unlit candles and designer bath products in the bathroom, lay a comfortable blanket and good book out on the couch, or leave attractive place settings on your outdoor furniture to highlight the benefits of the home’s recreational areas. 

Dim down the decorations. If you’re planning an open house throughout holiday season, you’ll need to consider your holiday decor. The National Association of Realtors explains, “Tasteful decorations can be an asset to a sale…” Be careful not to overdo it and focus on less distracting color combinations, such as green and white instead of oversaturating your home with green and red. 

Let there be light. Your home’s lighting will play a role in how people perceive the property. Lots of natural light makes even small spaces seem roomy. Open the curtains and allow the natural light to do its job. The two key things to remember are that your home should be both clean and comfortable. Potential buyers should want to linger. The longer they stay, the more emotionally attached they’ll become and the better chances you will have of receiving an offer soon after you’ve closed the doors to your open house.

Suzie Wilson[email protected]  ⎸Happier Home

Video Tour – Single-Family Home – Oxford, MA 01540 Real Estate – For Sale

A must see! This turnkey ranch will appeal to so many tastes. Kitchen with granite, tile backsplash, lighting and high-grade vinyl flooring. Living room with well-maintained hardwoods, new trim and ceiling fan. Beautiful full guest bath. Master bedroom with office or nursery has new ceiling fan, wall to wall carpeting, and master bath. Rooms have all been freshly painted, new lighting and fans throughout. Insulated 13×11 three season sunroom with views of fenced-in backyard. Roof stripped 2015. Replacement windows. Corner Lot. Title V in hand. Just minutes to 395 and Mass Pike

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All About The Seller’s Disclosure

When you’re selling a home, remember that honesty is the best policy. If you do decide to be dishonest as a seller, there can be some major legal consequences heading your way at a later date. As a general rule, if you think you should disclose something then you probably need to tell the buyer about it. There are a few things that are major concerns for sellers. If you know about any of the events mentioned below, you need to include it in your seller’s disclosure.

Lead Paint

Lead paint is a major concern especially for families with children. If your home was built before 1978, you’ll need to sign a disclosure stating whether or not you know of any lead paint on the property. If you are unaware of any issues with the paint, then you are not legally obligated to provide information, since you don’t know any better. If you did know that the home was de-leaded or have had lead paint testing done, you’ll need to disclose this info for the buyer’s knowledge. 

Emotional Defects

If there was ever a death on the property that you knew about, you’ll need to disclose this to your buyers. Murders, suicides, and violent crimes all need to be revealed if they happened on your property. While it’s an unpleasant thing to think about, buyers have a right to know. Deaths that have occurred before a certain time span may not need to be disclosed. You can check with the specific rules in your own state.    

Paranormal Activity

When it comes to selling your home, there are certain things that you may find silly but others find that they need to know. This includes any kind of paranormal activity like ghosts. Some states require that you release any information you may have about ghosts on a property in order to sell your home. If you believe the house is haunted, you have an obligation to tell buyers about it. If an exorcism or other strange activity has occurred on the property, you’ll need to tell buyers about that as well. There’s no issue too small when it comes to disclosing things about your home.

Water Issues

If your home has any kind of flooding problems or drainage issues, you should tell your buyers about it. Everything from a basement that floods to standing water in the backyard can be an issue. If you know about it as a seller and do not tell your buyers, you could face some serious consequences from it. If you have fixed these issues in the past, it’s also worth adding to your disclosure as buyers will know that you have been proactive in taking care of any problems on the property.

Another Property Sold – 24 Pheasant Hill Run West Boylston, MA

This Single-Family in West Boylston, MA recently sold for $349,000. This Raised Ranch style home was sold by Mary (Vigliatura) Stolarczyk – RE/MAX Vision.

24 Pheasant Hill Run,

West Boylston, MA 01583



Sale Price




Fabulous split level home in a sought-after neighborhood!! Such curb appeal, paved walkway front and back and all around the kidney shaped in-ground pool. Professionally landscaped yard~~custom stone with tree lined back yard. Hardwood flooring throughout most of main level, all refinished (7/2018). Fireplaced living room with replacement windows, including the big front bay window. Most of this home was updated in the 90's, including the kitchen. Stainless refrigerator (2017). Two full updated baths. Corian, double sink in the guest bath, three bedrooms on main level and a finished lower level walk-out with second fireplace in family room. Also two additional bonus rooms you could use as fourth bedroom, playroom, office, etc. Separate laundry room. Full bath was done within last seven years. New carpeting in lower level and several rooms have just been painted.

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