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For Your Open Houses: A Simple Touch With Big Impact

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For Your Open Houses: A Simple Touch With Big Impact

This weekend marks the REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend event, in which thousands of real estate professionals across the country are hosting open houses and welcoming buyers in. 

To spice up the presentation of your open house, add some fresh flowers throughout, suggests Lisa Lippman, senior vice president at Brown Harris Stevens in Manhattan. 

“Flowers just make a place look lived in, in a good way,” Lippman says. “It makes it seem like somebody cares about the home.” 

Plus, Lippman notes, flowers can help make the smell of a home more pleasing. Lilies or hyacinths, for example, can be good choices if you want a more fragrant flower.

“[Flowers] give a fresh smell,” Lippman told The New York Times. “It can potentially cover up an animal smell, stale smell, mothballs, or whatever.”

But while flowers can spruce up a place, designers also say you don’t want to go overboard. Keep the flower arrangements simple and make sure they enhance the space and don’t become scene stealers. Seasonal flowers, like hyacinths, peonies, or orchids, can be good choices to help keep costs down too.

Good spots for flower arrangements: In the foyer, on the coffee table in the living room, or in the kitchen.

The REALTOR® Nationwide Open House Weekend runs April 28 and 29. Learn more about the event at REALTOR.org.

Source: “Market Ready,” The New York Times (April 25, 2012)

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