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Originally published January 16, 2015 at 8:02 PM | Page modified January 24, 2015 at 10:09 AM

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Tips for hosting the perfect open house

First and foremost, an open house is an opportunity to entertain. Like any event that one might host in their home, it’s a chance for the seller to showcase his or her home by highlighting the positives and downplaying the negatives.


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The new year is typically a time for rejuvenation within the real-estate market. Sellers who chose to stay with their homes during the holidays are more motivated to sell, hoping to secure the highest price in the shortest amount of time.

For many home sellers, the open house can be the difference between showing their home in its best light and falling short of highlighting its most appealing features.

First and foremost, an open house is an opportunity to entertain. Like any event that one might host in their home, it’s a chance for the seller to showcase his or her home by highlighting the positives and downplaying the negatives.

At an open house, it is important for the seller to create a strong first impression for potential buyers the moment they walk in the door. It’s been shown that most buyers make a decision about a property within the first few minutes of their initial visit — whether positive or negative — so it is critical that the impression be impactful.

For your next open house, consider these design ideas for each area of the home.

Entry

A bowl of apples. Not only is fruit affordable, it creates instant color. Other ideas include a bowl of artichokes, lemons or limes.

A vase of flowers. From a single stem in a tall, slim vase to a fresh-cut bouquet, flowers instantly say “welcome” to potential buyers. Flowers don’t have to be in traditional vases — they can also be placed in decorative water pitchers or apothecary jars.

Living room

Toss pillows. A scattering of pillows can be relatively affordable, and the right patterns and colors can add impact to a space. If you want a crafty budget-friendly idea, try making toss pillows from a collection of scarves.

Centerpiece ideas

Glass hurricane candle on a birch coin. A simple birch coin can add an instant organic element to your décor. Add a candle and glass hurricane on top, and you’ve created an elegant centerpiece for a coffee or dining table.

Carved-out apple with a taper candle. Carving out fruits and vegetables and inserting a tall taper candle is an easy way to add an appealing touch to a tabletop.

Succulents in moss and sand. Tiny succulents are hearty enough to be around for lots of open houses. Pair them with sand, moss or river rocks in a glass jar, and you’ll have an attractive accent piece.



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