15 Jan Tips for Hosting a Great Open House
There is no denying that an open house can help speed the sale of your home as it drives maximum traffic to your property. If you and your real estate agent are planning on hosting an open house, make sure to advertise it across all social media platforms and talk to your neighbors so they can spread the word further. This way, you can amplify your announcement and reach your neighbors’ friends who might be interested in moving into the same neighborhood.
There are several ways to prep your home for an open house. Your real estate agents should be able to help you stage your home and even team up with a professional home stager, but there are several things you can do yourself in advance.
Boost curb appeal – The first impression is the best impression, they say. The exterior of your house can make or break the sale. Making sure that your lawn is well taken care of and that doors and shutters are freshly painted or at least in good condition. Take some time to power wash the driveway and walkways around your property and keep vehicles out of sight.
Tidy up – If you want to sell your home fast, you will want to get your hands dirty and clean up every nook and cranny. Alternatively, you can save yourself the time and effort and have your home professionally cleaned before hosting an open house. Remember to scrub your windows, too.
Bright lights – Make sure all curtains and blinds in the home are rolled up and that all lights stay on during an open house so your home feels bright and sunny. Do not forget to check for burned-out bulbs in fixtures.
Remove personal touches and clutter – Part of the home sale strategy is to make potential buyers see themselves living in the home. Personal effects such as toys and pictures can be a major distraction to buyers. In addition, you want to show that your house has plenty of space. Sort through your stuff ahead of time and pack away any items you will not need until after your move.
Corral pets – If you have pets, remember that some people may have allergies or are afraid of animals. Consider taking them out on a walk or having them stay with a friend or family member during the showings.
Put the finishing touches – Finishing touches, such as the scent of fresh flowers or the inviting aroma of warm cookies, can make all the difference. You can even go the extra mile and offer prospective buyers chocolate chip cookies and water bottles to make them feel welcome.
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