Open House Timeline – How to Make a Successful Sale

An open house in Sandy Springs has its advantages and disadvantages. There’s a lot of prep work involved and if done right, you will have short listed some serious buyers who are genuinely interested in buying the house. To avoid the stress, we have come up with a plan that will help you prepare for an open house in just four weeks. By the time the week comes to an end, you will be hosting a welcoming open house that will have people praising you for your skills.

Let’s start:

4 Weeks before…

  • If you have a full family with kids, drop them at your parents or neighbor’s.
  • Book a contractor for a week to get all the repairs done such as leaky faucets, holes in walls, sagging gutters, etc.
  • De-clutter your house and make sure that every room and closet is empty, since buyers like to open things and check out the space.
  • Book an appointment with the carpet cleaner for the last week.

3 Weeks before…

  • Clean the bathroom and buy some white towels to give the bathroom a spa-like look.
  • Place a mat at the front door and in front of the bathroom door.
  • Buy a shoe box and place it inside the front door, so that people will take off their shoe after entering the house without being asked to do so.

Two Weeks before…

  • Clean everything from walls to tile floors, light fixtures and switches, ceiling fans and door knobs.
  • Power-wash the deck, sidewalk and the driveway.

1 Week before…

  • Make sure that electronic appliances such as the air conditioning unit and furnace are clean of dirt and grease. Buyer will definitely like to check the model and turn them on to see how they are working.
  • De-clutter kitchen cabinets and clean all appliances that will be included in the sale.

5 Days before…

  • Buy cookie dough and disposable sheets, so that you don’t have to do any cleaning after baking.
  • Buy a dozen apples and oranges to place in a bowl on the kitchen counter.
  • Clean windows to let the light shine in.
  • Mow the lawn.

1 Day before…

  • Put fresh firewood in the fireplace.
  • Hide yard clutter such as pet water bowls, toys and hoses.

On Open House Day…

  • Gather all your valuables and store them in your car’s trunk.
  • Place the barbeque grill in the backyard and set the picnic table to show people how they can entertain themselves on the weekends.
  • Make sure there are no spider webs on the walls or equipments.
  • Clean fingerprints off glass doors and windows.
  • Use post-it notes to highlight unique features of the house.
  • Remove all personal items from the bathroom.
  • Remove all appliances from the kitchen’s countertop.

An Hour before…

  • Bake cookies and place it on the counter top with a note saying “Help Yourself”.
  • Put apples and oranges in a bowl and put it on the countertop.

15 Minutes before…

  • Open all curtains, so that the house has natural lighting.
  • Light the fireplace.
  • Brew a fresh pot of coffee.
  • Spray the living room with an air freshener.

When people start arriving for the open house, make sure that you are standing outside. Potential buyers won’t be able to look at the house freely if you are hovering in the background.

So, there you go – a timeline that will help you attract more buyers. Homes for sales in Atlanta were down by 20% this September. To make sure that your house falls in the right category that buyers are looking for, find out its current value by visiting America’s Network Reality.

Homes for sale in Atlanta

Price
Beds
Baths
For Sale / All Types
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$294,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
7107 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$288,421
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,802
SQFT
673 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$324,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
7064 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$287,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
7067 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$284,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,200
SQFT
7044 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$329,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
663 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$288,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
7027 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$312,478
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,544
SQFT
7014 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$299,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7007 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$289,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
6997 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
New Listing - 7 hours online
$314,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,236
SQFT
6934 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$4,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
15,159
SQFT
4690 Thompson Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
$8,900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
9
BED
14
TOTAL BATHS
26,000
SQFT
4965 Butner Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
$310,235
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,443
SQFT
555 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
Short Sale
$195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,639
SQFT
432 Hammock Loop
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
New Listing - a week online
$277,303
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3216 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$290,182
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,545
SQFT
3217 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$306,071
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,525
SQFT
3208 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$280,112
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,545
SQFT
7147 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$310,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,033
SQFT
510 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
$310,089
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,680
SQFT
3221 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$272,803
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3204 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$280,508
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3200 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$327,527
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,077
SQFT
455 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
$239,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,972
SQFT
400 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
$271,053
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3225 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$263,389
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,122
SQFT
3235 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$278,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,522
SQFT
3220 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$271,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3239 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$286,258
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3247 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Open House 12/14 at 1PM
$267,389
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,122
SQFT
3243 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$267,389
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,108
SQFT
3251 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$268,789
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,122
SQFT
7143 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$282,173
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
7139 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$245,700
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,404
SQFT
3492 Dacite Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Flat Shoals Manor Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$194,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6526 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$205,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6517 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$206,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6577 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$205,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6501 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$205,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6509 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$204,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6522 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$205,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6506 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$258,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6538 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$218,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6518 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$218,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6513 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$218,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6498 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$218,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6510 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$258,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6566 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$218,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6521 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$218,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
6505 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$198,740
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
6605 Beaver Creek Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
College Heights Subdivision
$165,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6857 Estepona Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6690 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
6683 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$167,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2205 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$174,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
6790 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6742 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
6735 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$176,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
2281 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
2273 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision