Holding an open house for your home is an easy way to showcase it to a lot of potential buyers and generate buzz around your home. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home so your open house is a success.
1. Use Technology.
Don’t just rely on your realtor to advertise your open house. Spread the word about your open house by post your open house plans on your social media networks. Also add it to real estate websites such as Trulia, Zillow, and Redfin.
2. Clean and Remove Personal Items.
Go beyond tidying up your home – deep clean your carpets and furniture, dust every nook and cranny, and shine appliances and fixtures.
Removing clutter and putting extra thing into storage will also make your home feel bigger. Hanging generic art will improve the appearance of the interior of your home.
When your home goes on the market, be sure to add a ‘for sale’ sign to the front of your home so that it is visible from the street.
The day of your open house – put arrow signs through your neighborhood directing visitors to your home. Also, add balloons to the front of your home so it is clear that the open house is taking place.
4. Tell Your Neighbors.
Your neighbors can be some of the best sales people for your home. Tell them about your open house and give them a pamphlet if they know anyone who they think would be interested in attending.
5. Leave the Home.
Many potential home buyers feel awkward when the current homeowners are present for the open house. Let visitors take time to go through the home by themselves. Having a positive open house experience will encourage more offers.
6. Be Security Conscientious.
Expect visitors to go through every corner of your home. Though your realtor will be present, it is not possible for them to watch every person go through the home. Store in a secure place or take with you any valuables, medications, firearms to deter theft.
7. Provide Food and Drink.
Assume your visitors have spent all day looking at homes or have travelled far for your open house. Setup a small table in the entryway of your home with a selection of baked good, refreshments, brochures, and contact information sheet.
8. Have Brochures Available.
Print out small brochures to highlight the property and give visitors space to take notes. Place them on the entryway table. Include information about recent improvements, pre-sale inspections, and local area information. Websites like Vistaprint can help you print professional looking brochures.
9. Be Honest.
Saying your roof is new when it is seven years old or making vague statements about potential offers that do not exist deceives potential buyers and could cause them to lose interest in the property.