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5 ways to prepare for your open house

You already know about cleaning and de-cluttering  but did you know these five things could have an even bigger impact on potential buyers who come through your open house?

Do a rapid renovation.

Little tweaks. Big difference. Kitchen a bit outdated? Replace the fixtures, faucets and cabinet hinges. Family-room furniture a bit beaten up? Fix it with fresh, white-cotton slipcovers.

Turn the bathrooms into little spas.

Create the feel of a relaxing, luxurious bath for less than $50. Pile pretty soaps in a modern tray. Stack fluffy white washcloths and towels. Add a lightly scented candle. Buy a designer bathmat in a soothing tone, such as the palest green or lightest blue.

Highlight those focal points.

Draw visitors eyes toward special features using bright colors and accents. A pop of red throw pillows can draw attention to a cozy window seat. A large, striking modern-art poster, framed and propped on the mantel, will really show off a fireplace.

Bring nature inside.

Potted plants or a few pretty buds in a vase can help bring energy into any space and fill empty spots. Add a trendy fiddle-leaf fig tree in the living room. Put some beautiful white hydrangeas in the bedrooms.

Give every room a purpose.

That spare room thats been used as a combination office/guest room/dumping ground wont help sell the house unless you show buyers how they can use it. Pick a use  office, guest room, crafts room, game room and clearly stage the space to showcase that purpose. Theyll see themselves living there and your open house may just close a deal. Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty hosts extraordinary open houses throughout the best neighborhoods in North Texas. Every weekend, the brokerage's expert agents are known to set the stage for success just one more reason why sellers continue to list with the D-FW leader in luxury real estate. To see what's open in your neighborhood, click here. For all listings, open houses and more and to explore the top neighborhoods in North Texas visit briggsfreeman.com.

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