Get Your Home Open House Ready

Get open house ready

If you’re looking to host an open house you’ll want to start by giving it a good clean. A neat, orderly and neutral home will make the best impression on potential buyers. Remember, you want the prospective buyer to envision living in your house, not tidying it up. Here are some tips for how to prepare your home for an open house.

Start Making Room Rent a storage unit or borrow some space in a family member or neighbor’s garage to store extraneous furniture, knickknacks and clutter. Leaving just enough items in each room so viewers understand its purpose will make the house appear more spacious. Remove leaves from the dining room table, books from the bookshelves, family photos and other items that personalize the home, and take all items off the kitchen counters—you’ll have to pack that stuff up eventually anyway. Buyers are going to snoop, so organize all cabinets and closets so they can see your home has been well cared for and organized. Also, be sure to remove anything you plan on taking with you to your next home, like the chandelier in the dining room that has been in your family for four generations. If buyers see things in the house they can’t have, they might fancy keeping it.

Buff and Fix Make sure that your house sparkles and all minor repairs are done. Scour every inch of the kitchen and bathroom, vacuum cobwebs from the corners, wash the inside and outside of the windows, wipe down mirrors, clean out the fridge, wax the floors and re-caulk the showers, tubs and sinks. Also fix things like cracked floor and counter tiles, holes in the wall, leaking faucets, burned-out lightbulbs, and doors that don’t close or drawers that jam. Also light a candle to make sure your home has a inviting smell.

Curb Check First impressions are everything. Stand outside your house and make sure it’s looking as good as the inside. You might want to grab a home wash hose attachment from the local hardware store and give the outside of your house a rinse. Clean the gutters, mow the lawn and clean the sidewalk. Be sure the numbers on your house are readable from the street and the front door has a nice paint job.

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Center City Condo with Superb Views

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Center City Condo in Symphony House

Exclusive condo available in Symphony House, located on Center City’s Avenue of the Arts. Floor-to-ceiling windows create a sun-filled atmosphere during the day, and provide enchanting urban views at night.  Other topnotch features include Merbau mahogany floors, a custom gourmet kitchen, luxurious marble bath, and custom-built closets. The condo is ideally situated near fine dining, great shopping and public transportation, and comes with two parking spaces, fitness center, club room and concierge.

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400-26 S. Broad St., #2702
Price: $1,499,000
Bed: 3
Bath: 3.1
1,826 sq. ft.

Impressive Gladwyne Home with all the Trimmings

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Gladwyne Home on cul-de-sac

This spectacular home has the added plus of being located at the end of a cul-de-sac in desired Avignon community in Gladwyne—a coveted plus for parents. The home itself impresses with its two-story marble reception hall, elegant living room and dining room and oversized family room with cathedral ceiling and breakfast room with vaulted ceiling and wall of windows. The second floor features a master bedroom with sitting room and luxurious bath, while the walk-out lower level has space for recreation and exercise rooms, as well as a bedroom suite.

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1350 N. Avignon Dr., Gladwyne
Price: $1,495,000
Bed: 6
Bath: 5.3
6,907 sq. ft.

Updated Stone Farmhouse for Sale in New Hope

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Stone farmhouse in New Hope

This classic stone farmhouse is complemented by a cedar addition, making it a perfect family home for buyers looking for some historical charm. Inside you’ll find stone walls, bluestone and wide-plank flooring, walk-in fireplace, handcrafted iron hardware and beamed and high ceilings. The property includes a barn with great room, bath and lofted bedroom and a detached garage with heated office, as well as the charms of the ruins from a spring house, perennial gardens and a spring-fed pond.

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6221 Upper York Rd., New Hope
Price: $1,200,000
Bed: 3
Bath: 5
3,798 sq. ft.


Swanky Ocean City Home with Movie Theater

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Luxurious Ocean City Home

Luxury living down the shore! This spacious house is dripping with the finest finishings, including five bedrooms and bathrooms, four Jacuzzi soaking tubs, four fireplaces and a top-of-the-line gourmet kitchen. And after a relaxing day at the beach, you can continue the entertainment indoors in the private movie theater or game room.

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67 Spruce Rd., Ocean City
Price: $1,649,999
Bed: 5
Bath: 5
6,000 sq. ft.


Weekend Open Houses

Weekend open houses

Add these weekend open houses to your to-view list.


285 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne
weekend open house gladwyneOpen House: Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m.
Price: $1,395,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 6.1
5,030 sq. ft.


70 Dream Valley Dr., Newtown Square
weekend open house newtown squareOpen house: Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m.
Price: $1,300,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 4.256 Franklin Ave., Bryn Mawr


56 Franklin Ave., Bryn Mawr
weekend open house bryn mawrOpen House: Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m.
Price: $949,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 2.1
4,274 sq. ft.

1100 Petrick Lane, Chalfont
weekend open houses chalfontOpen house: Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m.
Price: $799,000
Bed: 4
Bath: 4.2
7,456 sq. ft.

Spacious Devon Colonial with Custom Features

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Custom Devon Colonial

This custom colonial features exceptional architecture and elegant touches—perfect for families in need of some living space. The gourmet kitchen has a spacious butler’s pantry and an attached breakfast room. The open family room has a gas fireplace and built-in cabinetry, offering ample storage space. The living room has lovely wainscoting and deep windowsills and opens to a private library with cherry paneling and built-ins. The elegance continues upstairs with a large master bedroom, which includes a sitting area with custom-built entertainment center, walk-in closets and marble bath.

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654 Dorset Road, Devon
Price: $1,699,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 4.3
5,378 sq. ft.

Renovated Wayne Home for Sale

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Wayne Home for Sale

Situated on three acres in Radnor Township, this completely remodeled home manages to marry perfectly the house’s historical elements with modern amenities. In addition to high ceilings, the home has all new custom bath, new plumbing, electrical and HVAC, custom millwork, new hardwood floors and a gourmet kitchen. Outdoors, you can enjoy the flagstone patios and custom landscaping.

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607 King of Prussia Rd., Wayne
Price: $2,350,000
Bed: 6
Bath: 4.1

Bayfront Avalon Home for Sale with Pool

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Bayfront Avalon Home for Sale

Water babies take note: This exceptional bayfront home in Avalon offers spectacular water and wetland views and includes a built-in pool, three boat slips and one boat lift. The house has more than 3,600-square-feet of living space, five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and three decks for sunning. The first floor has a great room with cathedral ceilings and wood-burning fireplace as well as a large game room—perfect for entertaining.

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46 Pelican Drive, Avalon
Price: $2,590,000
Bed: 5
Bath: 4.1
3,649 sq. ft.

Renovated Rittenhouse Square Townhouse for Sale

SPOTLIGHT LISTING: Rittenhouse Square townhouse for sale

Situated on a charming block in the Rittenhouse area of Philadelphia, this completely renovated townhome has six bedrooms and four full bathrooms, plus a powder room on the first floor. The home has a lovely Italianate façade, two-car garage, wine cellar and leaded glass windows and high ceilings throughout. Viewings by appointment only.

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1810 Delancey Street, Philadelphia
Price: $2,695,000
Bed: 6
Bath: 4.2
4,876 sq. ft.

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