What Should You Do With Your Belongings During an Open House?

Dated: 03/15/2020

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If you're selling your home and your real estate agent suggests that you hold an open house, that's great - it means that local buyers are checking things out and may be interested in your home.

But what do you do with your stuff?

Here's what you need to know.

What Should You Do With Your Belongings During an Open House?

First things first: You should always take obvious items - prescription drugs, bills and other personal items - with you when you leave the house for an open house or a showing. You don't want anyone getting ahold of those things (and trust us when we tell you that buyers will open every cabinet and drawer in the house). 

So what about the rest of your belongings?

We suggest paring down your belongings long before you even have an open house. Take out everything you haven't used in the past 6 months. That way, you'll have less to pack - and you can show buyers how much space you really have.

Besides, there's not much chance that you're going to desperately need something you rarely use between now and the time you close the deal.

Be merciless when you go through your home - especially in the kitchen. You want buyers to see how much space is available for their belongings, and they can't do that when your countertops are full and your cabinets are overflowing.

Where to Put Your Stuff

If you can't donate or sell the items you're removing from your home, you should invest in a storage unit. If that's not possible, pack them away in boxes, seal the boxes, and stash them in your garage. (A friend or family member's house works even better, though.)

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