Hosting An Open House
An open house is a great opportunity for showing your home to potential buyers. Your realtor will drum up interest and give your property valuable exposure. He or she will answer buyers’ questions and present your home in the best possible light. Meanwhile, potential buyers will have a chance to explore every nook and cranny of your property and decide if it complements their lifestyles.
There’s an art to holding a successful open house. It takes more than just posting a few signs and inviting people to visit. Your realtor knows that he or she must draw a crowd of qualified buyers to make the event worthwhile.
With that in mind, here are 7 “secrets” to hosting an impeccable open house. We’ll cover everything involved with getting your property ready to show to prospective homebuyers.
#1 – Get Rid Of Clutter
Clutter has a way of accumulating over several years. It encroaches unnoticed upon open spaces. Kitchen counters become filled with appliances. Bathroom vanities become swamped with toiletries and prescription drugs. The living room becomes overrun by knickknacks, magazines and miscellaneous mementos.
Declutter your house before showing it. Remove unnecessary appliances, knickknacks and other items that are taking up space. Doing so will make the rooms appear more open and welcoming.
#2 – De-Personalize Your Home
It’s natural to have photos of your loved ones on your walls and bookshelves. The problem is, they create a disconnect in the minds of prospective buyers. They make it more difficult for them to imagine living in your home.
Remove items that add a personal touch. In addition to photos, focus on collectibles, pieces of embroidery and anything that suggests a hobby.
#3 – Address Minor Repairs
There are probably a number of small repairs that need to be done in your home. They might include a broken light switch, a clogged drain or a leaky faucet. Perhaps your carpet has an unsightly stain. Maybe the paint in your family room is peeling.
Whatever the case, set aside a few weekends to fix these items. Doing so will make your home more appealing to prospective buyers.
#4 – Avoid Cooking Aromatic Foods
Just because you enjoy the scents of garlic, salmon and kimchi doesn’t mean potential homebuyers will feel the same way. In fact, strong food odors can be a major turnoff to people.
Avoid cooking aromatic foods during the week leading up to your open house. Use that week to ventilate your home.
#5 – Open The Blinds
Natural light has a considerable influence on people’s perception of your home. It makes every room seem warm and cheerful.
Make sure your blinds are open during your open house. If certain areas of your home receive little natural light, illuminate them with table and floor lamps. Select those that give off a warm, soft light so they won’t seem overly-bright.
#6 – Improve Curb Appeal
The more attractive your home appears from the street, the more it will engage buyers. Don’t underestimate the power of curb appeal. It can make the difference between receiving serious offers and listening to the sound of crickets after your open house is over.
Prune back your bushes and shrubs. Cut your grass. Pick up debris and extraneous items from your lawn. Add lighting to your garden and along the walkway leading to your front door. There are a lot of simple things you can do to make your home more visually appealing from the outside.
#7 – Make Yourself Scarce
Your realtor is there to field questions from prospective buyers and highlight your home’s best features. There’s no reason for you to be in attendance. In fact, buyers are likely to feel at least slightly uncomfortable if you’re present.
Make plans to be elsewhere while your realtor shows off your home. Have lunch with friends, visit your family or see a movie. The important thing is that you’re not there.
An open house brings interested buyers to your doorstep and allows them to get an up-close glimpse of your home. It’s a chance for your realtor to showcase your property to multiple parties. Follow the tips outlined above to help ensure the event is a huge success.