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Tips For The Best Open House Ever

by Randy Gridley

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When the time comes to sell your home, you are going to want to move forward with a plan. While creating such a plan can be challenging, the important thing to remember is this: The better your plan is in the present, the less stressful things are going to be in the future. To that end, you are going to want to get the ball rolling by researching and hiring your real estate agent.

Once you have done this, the next step will be to get your house ready for the public. There are several different ways in which you can show off your home. At the end of the day, an open house is perhaps the most effective method. At the same time, it can also be the most challenging, in terms of the work that is going to be required of you at the start. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to ensure things move forward smoothly.

Begin To Build Your Plan

As you can imagine, your open house needs to begin with a plan that emphasizes communication and coordination. Begin the process by sitting down with your real estate agent, and beginning a discussion of what you would like to accomplish with your open house.

Keep in mind the following, as you work to put together the most effective open house plan possible:

  • Since your open house is going to be open to the public at large, you are going to want to take steps to remove as many of your personal objects as possible. This includes valuables along the lines of jewelry, valued collectables, money, and similar items. You are also going to want to have a house that’s presentable from top to bottom, which includes your closets, bedrooms, medicine cabinets, pantries, and even crawl spaces.
  • No matter what you decide for your open house, make sure you take steps to ensure the open house is held during low traffic in the neighborhood. Too much activity can lead people to believe your home is always busy, and they may not stop by.

Make Your Necessary Repairs

Even if you are not specifically planning for an open house, you are going to want to make sure that you have made any and all necessary repairs to your home. This can include roof repairs, reaffixing bricks, or putting your fence back up.

Clear Out The Clutter

Clutter is one of the biggest enemies to the open house. Even before you get the ball rolling on cleaning, you are going to want to take steps to declutter as much of your home as possible. You want to create a space that makes it easy for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in your house. You need to get rid of anything that just doesn’t need to be there. Create clear, open spaces that will give people the ability to appreciate the potential of buying your house.

Start Depersonalizing

Creating an open, neutral space requires more than just decluttering. You are also going to want to remove every personal touch you possibly can. This can include personal photos, any artwork, or anything with significant personal/cultural importance. You may even want to consider painting your walls a more neutral color. Look at depersonalizing as the opportunity to get started on some light packing.


At this point, we don’t really need to sell you on the importance of eliminating offensive odors from your home for your open house. Again, we want to create a space that is going to be neutral on every possible level. Keep in mind that just because you like a certain smell, this doesn’t mean potential buyers will.

Heavy layers of air freshener should be avoided. In general, you are going to want to avoid anything that might leave behind a strong, pungent aroma. A good idea might be to have someone who isn’t used to the smells in your home drop by for a visit. They can help you to make the needed adjustments.

Neutralizing the odors in your home isn’t too difficult. In fact, you may find a lot of success in baking some cookies before people start to arrive. The smell of baked goods can not only eliminate other odors in your house, but it can also go a long way towards giving your home a more inviting smell. Cinnamon rolls, breads, and other baked treats can accomplish the same thing, but avoid peanut butter. Some people are extremely allergic to peanut butter.

Don’t Forget About Curb Appeal

In many cases in our lives, we only get one chance to make an impression. This thought can most certainly be extended towards open houses. While it would be nice if people didn’t judge a book by its cover, if only because that would make it easier for the rest of us to prepare our home for the open house, the truth of the matter is that people are generally very careful about house-shopping. As you can imagine, this is the kind of thing someone isn’t going to enter into lightly. If you don’t have significant curb appeal for your home, you may lose out on a significant number of visitors.

Enhancing the curb appeal of your home is not difficult by any means. Have your roof, gutters, windows, doors, and everything else associated with the structure inspected, cleaned, and possibly repaired. You are also going to want to do everything possible to ensure the front and backyard look great, as well.

Believe it or not, you still have a little way to go. However, if you are starting to feel exhausted with the whole thing, don’t worry! You are almost done. More importantly, most of the stuff you need to do for your open house only needs to be handled the first time around.


We have left cleaning close to the end of our list. There are a couple of reasons for that. In the first place, this is the kind of work you want to hold off for as long as possible, but still prior to the open house. Furthermore, this kind of work seems to be more satisfying, and ultimately, more effective, when you save it for the home stretch.

Vacuuming the floors, washing your windows, and sweeping up your patio are just a few of the simple things you can do, in terms of cleaning up for your upcoming open house.

Effective Staging Tips

Staging your home is one of the last things you are going to want to do. Arranging your home to create an optimal impression can include adding neutral features, or anything that will give you the best space and aesthetics possible.

On The Big Day

When the big day finally arrives, relax! Make sure you have something to serve to guests. Cookies, mints, water bottles, or even a glass of wine are all possibilities. Just remember that anything you serve to your guests is stuff that you are going to have to clean up after your guests leave.

Discuss anything you can do with your real estate agent on the big day, when it comes to improving your chances of having a spectacular open house. Simple little touches and ideas during your open house can put you over the top.

Make it easy for people to leave with more information, as well as leave contact information for you.


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Get Your Home Ready For Sale

by Randy Gridley

So, you've reached the point that you're ready to put your house up for sale. This means that you will have to do some preparation to get your home ready to put on the market. You will need to get it into shape to show it to others.  There are a variety of things that should be done to do that. You must understand that prospective buyers will more than likely have many homes to look at, so they will be choosy about which home they invest in. House staging is one great way that sellers showcase their home to buyers and receive the best price during the home's sale.

While your house may seem perfect to you, you'll want to put yourself in the buyer's shoes. Others want a home that can fit their personal lifestyle, not yours. You may love the look of your customized shelves overflowing with books or the many knickknacks cluttering up your fireplace mantle and tables, but remember now is the time to keep possible buyers in mind. You will need to take some time to sit down and look at your home in an unbiased way and figure out what you need to change in order to bring about the most appeal for as many customers as possible. Understand that they need to have the ability to imagine themselves and their own belongings in your home, and this means that your decor should be simple and sparse.

The first step is to start with an individual room and throw out, donate or store away any items that are not necessary for very basic decor and are not used often. Doing this will also be a big help to you when it comes time to pack your things up for a move after the home sells.

When it comes to items that you do not use regularly and want to keep, store them out of sight in sturdy moving boxes, and make sure to label them as to what is inside each box. You will need to follow these steps until you have removed unnecessary clutter from every room in the house. In the end, you should only have crucial pieces of furniture in each room and basic decor on the walls to make everything look finished and pulled together.

Clean all shelves and surfaces to make sure that none of them have any dust on them. Take the time to use a good furniture polish on all wood shelving and furniture. Take note of any scratches in wood furniture. If polishing the scratches doesn't cover them well, use a walnut finish to rub into each scratch. Let the oil from the walnut finish sit for at least a few minutes and wipe away. The scratches will then be very hard to notice or look to be nonexistent.

Check all walls throughout the home for nail holes, and make use of spackle to fill them in carefully. Small spackle knives and spackle can be found at any home supply store. Use a very small amount to fill each hole, and immediately smooth the area over with the spackle knife. If your walls show signs of any wear at all, it is important to paint them in a neutral color to give the room a fresh, cared-for look.

Whether you think your carpet needs it or not, it's a good idea to get it cleaned. All carpets flatten due to time and foot traffic. Having the carpet steam cleaned will help to raise the carpet pile, make it look clean and smell fresh. All upholstered furniture should be steam cleaned to help them look better and smell great, too.

Look over all rooms that are used often and take a beating due to use. The kitchen and bathroom areas are a good example of this. Liquids, dust, mold and much more can accumulate in these rooms, and every prospective buyer wants to see them clean and well cared for. Scrub all tile grout, and thoroughly clean and polish all fixtures in these rooms. Clean all around the toilet, underneath the seat and lid. Clean the sinks and countertops well, and make sure there are no visible stains. If your bathroom counters and shelves are cluttered with toiletries or a variety of other things, store them all in the cabinet below the sink or out of sight in general. Consider bringing in a fresh plant to dress up the area. Ensure that all towels and washcloths that are in full view are freshly folded or hung and clean.

In the kitchen, clean all small and large appliance surfaces well. If your kitchen counter is cluttered with food containers, cutting boards and utensil holders, store them out of sight. Many customers want ample storage and counter space, and removing clutter from these areas will help to showcase more space to them.

Remember that home staging is all about putting yourself in the potential buyer's shoes and seeing things from their point of view. Your chances of a great sale can increase when you impress them with a home they can easily visualize themselves living in with their own furniture and other belongings.

How Clutter Can Sink Your Chances Of A Home Sale

by Randy Gridley


Selling a home is not as easy as you might expect. You may have a large home in a great neighborhood there are still things that potential buyers will not overlook. If you are looking to sell your home you must get rid of any and all clutter.  Keep reading below to learn how to avert a messy home from being your downfall.

You will find it very hard to interest a buyer of you are one of those that tend to accumulate a lot of personal items.  You must help a potential buyer envision themselves living in that space and making it their own.  This is extremely difficult if there are piles of personal memorabilia on every nook and corner.

Try to immediately eliminate excessive furniture as soon as you decide to list the home.  You may not be able to remove sofas and beds if you will be staying in the home until it is sold.  Do your best to get rid of all unnecessary furniture.  This will make your rooms appear larger and give the feeling of a more spacious area that will appeal to the buyers.

If you collect shoes, books, knick-knacks, pictures or anything else that takes up a lot of space, store those items in another location until your home is sold.  You may want to rent a storage if you have no other option to store them.

Kitchen clutter is a huge problem for anyone looking to sell their home. Kitchens and bathrooms are big selling points when it comes to residential property.  You must show your home in the best possible way.  You may be a great chef and love to display your cooking tools.   This is not the time to show off your skills and tools.  You want your kitchen to be as spacious as possible.  Pack away those bulkier items that take away from your counter space.

Your personal possessions have great meaning and value to you and your family.  That is not will add value to your home.  You must separate yourself from this home so that it will be appealing to buyers. It is vital to stage your home in such a way that highlights the available square footage in the property. Buyers will run in the other direction of there is clutter strewn in every room.  Make sure your home is a neutral slate on which buyers can project their own style and taste. Then you will find yourself at a closing table sooner than you ever thought possible.

Creative Ways To Increase Your Boise Home Curb Appeal

by Randy Gridley

Tips on Improving Boise Idaho Homes Curb Appeal

It's not difficult to update your home all over again. Simply give it some extra love by painting an exterior door a brilliant color, you'll get the most bang for your buck when you update this way and it readily updates your home for any future owners. Full length storm doors allow a freshly painted door to become a focal point of such a budget friendly makeover.

Replace Older Hardware

There are many creative ways to update older hardware. Consider replacing the house numbers, how about the lock set on the entry door? Wall mounted mailboxes add extra appeal and overhead light fixtures can easily add a new element to an otherwise boring exterior. If your exterior is out of date you can quickly update it with these creative ideas. Matching pieces don't have to cost a lot and they update the homes appeal quickly. Oiled bronze finishes suit many traditional homes and brushed nickel will suit a more contemporary home.

Symmetry is pleasing to the ey and very easy to create. Consider lighting fixtures and front door accents.

Instant Garden Appeal

Containers can add an instant garden to an otherwise boring exterior. Colorful flowers can brighten up any dull entry. Ready made containers form garden centers are ideal or create your own for a unique look. Staggered and asymmetrical arrangements work well to create a unique setting.

Mail Box Makeovers

Boring dull mail boxes can be brightened up by simply painting the wooden so it matches the exterior of the home. Surround it with some lovely flowers.

Renew Planter Beds

Ready your garden beds by simply pruning the growth, pulling out those weeds and planting some lovely flowers. Add in some mulch to restore the color that the sun has taken away and the harsh weather has attacked. Consider stone or brick borders but keep them cleaned so as not to detract form your garden. Upgrade the stone or decorative concrete if it's too aging and distracting.

Make a Grandiose Entry

Your front door is often the first thing that visitors see. Update it. Molding, paint and other tricks work like eye makeup for your home. A white or offsetting color will make your door "pop" when someone looks at it.

Consider Shutters and Accent Trim

Shutters as well as trim can look very inviting. This welcomes people to your home. Shutters also do dual jobs, they protect your home from brilliant sun and also can provide some ventilation. Another benefit is an added level of security. Made form wood, aluminum, composite, vinyl or even fiberglass they are reasonably priced and can be painted any color desired.

New Planting Beds

Tired of that old boring planting bed? Rip it out and create the planting bed of your dreams. Front yards, corners and other areas along walkways and driveways are ideal for featuring your favorite color schemes. You home can be framed in lovely flowers and if you add pre cast concrete blocks as edging you've added another dimension of uniqueness to your home. Use a variety of plant heights to give it a unique look.

Gutters and Downspouts

Older gutter systems often fail. Peeling paint, rusting and other issues can give them a sense of neglect. Replace them with new snap fitting vinyl gutters that will go together quickly and easily without a lot of tools required. You'll never need to paint them and they'll help protect your home. You can even go with a pricier style and choose copper.

Renew Paint, Siding and Your Trim

Consider updating your painting, siding and the trim of your home. This can instantly transform a home from dull to beautiful. Repair any defects and consider shingles or other unique roofing materials to set your home apart from the rest of the neighborhood.

Tiled Doorstep

How about a permanent welcome mat? You can tile or paint a clever or creative design that will contrast with the porch stoop. You'll have a unique one of a kind look that will not only impress visitors, it will show off your creative streak. 

Dress Up Your Driveway

Cracked stained driveways can be very detracting. Perhaps it even has vegetation sprouting out of it. It's time for a redo. Repair the cracks, make sure to kill off the weeds and then dress it up with stain or flagstones. Pavers, bricks and the like can give it a unique look with flair.

Build New Walkways

A walkway leads your visitor to your door. It can make your home feel warm and even inviting. If you're looking for a dramatic improvement consider a contoured walkway that is made of stone or brick. If you're seeking something less radical, you can go with colored concrete and edge it with bricks or stone. Pavers lend traditional beauty to any landscape.

Upgrade Railings

Railings on porches and stoops can often deteriorate. If you're unable to care for them properly and keep them maintained, find something that you can readily maintain. Quality woods, vinyl, metal components and the like are ideal for replacing rotting railings that could be potentially dangerous to your family and visitors. Make sure to keep them in the color scheme of the rest of your home and give them some special details to make them unique and safe for visitors.

Apply Stone Veneer

Nothing says class like a stone veneer. It's an ideal solution for dressing up your exterior. Similar to a concrete foundation, column footings and other classy masonry details, you'll find that your home looks more expensive and classy than others in the area. There are many natural and manufactured stones that can be expensive for large areas but are ideal for smaller areas as a focal point. Accents like this say a lot about the homeowner and the home itself. Go ahead and make your statement, you know you will appreciate it years down the road.

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Meridian ID 83642
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