The Open House Preparations Sellers Often Forget About

Preparing a home to sell takes a lot of work, and there are a lot of details to remember during the process. When it comes to selling quickly, it’s important to have an open house so potential buyers are able to see the house in person. However, getting your home ready for viewing is about more than simply cleaning.

There are many factors that go into making a home appealing to potential buyers, and while many of them aren’t too complicated, they often get overlooked. For instance, it’s always a good idea to do some research on the sale prices of homes in your community. In the Denver, Colorado area, the average price is around $414,000.

One of the keys to preparing a home for an open house is to ensure that no area gets overlooked. This is especially important if you have children or pets, as there may be spots in your home that need a little extra love due to stains or damage. Start by making a list of all the things you want to accomplish so you don’t miss anything, and enlist the help of your friends or close family members—especially when it’s time to move big items or when you’re purging and need assistance with finding a new home for some items.

Keep reading for tips on how to formulate a good plan for prepping your home.


Many sellers forget the most important rule of staging a home: depersonalization. This can mean many things, but in general, it’s a good idea to remove family photos, collections, displays of dishes, or other small personal items, such as pet belongings. The goal is to make your home look like a model home so potential buyers can see themselves living there. So, put out your best decor and put away the personal items.

Remove odors

Often, a home has lived-in smells that the homeowner doesn’t notice because they spend time there every day. Go outside for a few minutes, and when you walk back in, make an effort to really smell your home. You might be surprised at how much of your pet you’re able to smell or how many cooking odors there are in your kitchen. Depending on the type of odor and where it originated, you may be able to get a fresher scent simply by opening up the windows to air things out a bit. However, you may have to do a deeper cleansing for things like pet stains on carpets. Your best bet may be to hire a cleaning company before the open house.

Clean up the lawn

The lawn often gets overlooked during open-house prep because the homeowner is so busy with the house itself, but it’s an important part of the sale. Make sure your home has curb appeal by mowing and trimming, cleaning up dead leaves, clearing the gutters, and touching up paint on the mailbox and front door. Take a good look at the driveway and garage floor, as well; any cracks can be sealed up or painted over

Have some treats on hand

It’s often the small things that will leave a potential buyer with a good impression. Bottled water, cool soda, and warm cookies are a nice touch that will help them feel at home. If you bake the cookies yourself, you’ll also be lending an amazing scent to the air.

Remember that if you have pets, you can put a towel or old sheet on the furniture to keep fur from sticking to the upholstery, and take it off before any visitors show up. Some homeowners find a pet sitter or boarder for the duration of the open house for the safety and comfort of everyone involved. With a good plan and some forethought, you and your family can set up a successful open house in no time.

Guest Blog written by Suzie Wilson

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Hiking In Colorado!

Garden of the Gods Loop

Difficulty: Easy • Length: 4.0 Miles • Duration: 1-3 Hours

Garden of the Gods is a four star rated hike that is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This trail is not only family friendly but dogs are welcome too. Large rock formations that are the center of the loop are visible from all parts of the trail. This path give you the feeling of being among the rocks.


Raspberry Mountain

Difficulty: Easy • Length: 6.0 miles • Duration: 1-3 Hours

Raspberry Mountain is a pleasant hike with a wide and smooth trail. For the most part, the trail is shaded by Colorado Spruce. At the summit you will enjoy a 360-degree view of Pikes Peak and the Catamount Reservoirs. It’s very likely that the only people on this trail will be you and those you brought with you.


Meyers Homestead Trail

Difficulty: Moderate • Length: 5.2 miles • Duration: 1-3 Hours

Meyers Homestead Trail is a five star rated hiking trail located southwest of Boulder, Colorado. The late spring and early summer yields an abundance of wildflowers and in the fall it’s not uncommon to see small herds of elk along the hike. Meyers Homestead holds interesting historical significance and signage along the trail point out historical ecological points of interest.


Blue Lake

Difficulty: Moderate  • Length: 5.3 miles • Duration: Half Day

Blue Lake is located in the Roosevelt National Forest near Ward, Colorado. This trail provides excellent views and pictures of wildlife and flowers. Along the way you will encounter many streams, small ponds and eventually end up at Blue Lake with an incredible view of the Continental Divide. Blue Lake is above the timberline, so dress accordingly.


Mount Bierstadt

Difficulty: Moderate • Length: 6.9 miles • Duration: Half Day

Mount Bierstadt is the perfect beginner fourteener. It is an easy day trip and dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash. This hike offers incredible views of the front range mountains at a very moderate pace.


Devil’s Thumb Pass

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult • Length: 13.3 miles • Duration: Full Day

Devil’s Thumb is a wonderful hike if you are up for the 13 mile journey. There are much shorter routes to the pass but none offer the type of experience you get on the 13 mile route. On the hike itself, you will ascend nearly 2,400 feet due to the length of the trail. Make sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, and any other provisions needed because this is a full day hike.


Hall Ranch Trails (includes Bitterbrush Trail & Nelson Loop Trail)

Difficulty: Difficult • Length: 5.9 miles • Duration: 1-3 Hours

This trail is good for advanced cyclists and hikers. It is very strenuous and if you are riding a bike, be ready for steep climbs and rapid descents. There is plenty of wildlife and scenery on the trail. Dogs are not allowed on this hike!


Hanging Lake

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult • Length: 2.4 miles Round Trip • Duration: 2 Hours Round Trip

Hanging Lake is a short hike to two waterfalls and one of the most beautiful lakes in Colorado. On the same hike, you can explore Spouting Rock Falls, and even walk behind the waterfall. It’s not a day hike near Denver, but it’s definitely worth the nearly three-hour drive to the Hanging Lake Trailhead just outside of Glenwood Springs.

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