Open House Tips

August 27, 2018

 

How to Hold the Perfect Open House

 

One of the best ways to sell your home is by holding an open house. It’s a great way to let people know your home is on the market and to show it at its best. You want your home, and your open house, to stand out from the rest. Here are the best tips to holding a perfect open house.

Stand Out

 

Chances are, if people are stopping by your open house, they are looking at other properties as well. To get home buyers to come, make your listings as appealing as possible. Are there local amenities that make your home a prime choice? Are you in a good school district? Are there parks nearby? Is your home close (but not too close) to the freeway to make commutes easier? Once you have the potential buyers through the door, you can make your open house stand out even more by making sure they have something to snack on. A sweet treat, some fresh fruit, or vegetables and dip with some lemonade, coffee, or tea can really wow and make your buyers feel like guests.

Don’t Hover

 

Many homeowners decide to leave their home during an open house or when it’s being shown. But if you are around during your open house, there are a few things you’ll want to be aware of. Once you have introduced yourself to any potential buyers who show up, and you’ve made it clear that you are there to help and answer any questions possible, back off. Don’t follow them from room to room, as the buyer may feel like you are looming and become uncomfortable. You want the buyer to freely explore and feel at ease. However, you want to seem active and involved while your guests are present. That means leave your phone or laptop off. You don’t want buyers to feel as if they are interrupting you if they have a question. You want to encourage engagement without intimidating them.

Stage

 

It may seem like a no-brainer that your home should look immaculate, but that doesn’t just mean clean. Make sure all furniture and fixings are in good condition and also open up as much space as you can. Rearrange furniture if you need to, which can maximize floor space. If you have a pet, this may become tricky for you. Boarding your furry friend is the best option, as even if he’s well-behaved and well-groomed, he may prove a distraction. You want your buyers to be looking at your home, not distracted by your pet. People may dislike animals and may be turned off even by the sight of a leash, so keep all you pet gear hidden, including food and water bowls. While you should ensure that there are no telltale signs like nose prints on windows, it’s most important to make sure your home smells good. Deep clean and use pet-specific odor eliminators to help remove odors, as they are notoriously difficult to deal with.

Clear Directions

 

It’s an excellent idea to put signs up giving directions the day before your open house. Make sure the signs have clear arrows that tell your buyers exactly where to go. Attach colorful balloons to grab the eye. Put signs on each block to make certain no one gets lost, and really focus on high-traffic areas of your town. Consider putting directions online with your digital postings as well.

Making your home look presentable is the easiest part of an open house even though it takes a considerable amount of work and time. Advertising, getting potential buyers in the door, and not giving into the urge to be everywhere your guests are will be the hardest parts. Regardless, holding an open house, especially one that stands out from the rest, can be a boon when trying to sell your home.

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Article provided by Medina at Accessiville.org.

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