How to Prep Your Home for a Successful Open House
Even if you’re working with an agent (or plan to), hosting an open house for strangers can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never had one before. If you’re not sure how to prepare, here are some handy tips to help ensure your open house is a success.
1. Market your open house
You don’t have to be a seasoned realtor to help with marketing your home. Of course, your agent should be able to handle most of the advertising, but personally promoting the event can help bring even more attention to it. Your agent will provide you with a standard open house sign but you can draw even more attention to your open house by adding balloons to it; drivers will be sure to see it. Be strategic about when you hold your open house. Try to schedule it around other events occurring in your neighborhood or even other open houses. Don’t hesitate in using someone else’s events to potentially drive more traffic to your open house.
Don’t forget some good, old fashioned word-of-mouth marketing. Tell your friends, invite your neighbors, and welcome them to pass the message along to their friends and family, as well. The more the merrier.
2. Stage your home
First impressions matter and this will be your home’s time to shine. Boost your home’s curb appeal by adding outdoor color - hanging flower baskets and flowering pots, especially in the spring and summer. Inside, take a look at how your furniture looks and rearrange where necessary. Your agent should be knowledgeable and prepared to help you with tips and ideas. Although you want to focus most of your efforts on the main living areas, every room should be looking its absolute best. You don’t have to spend a lot of money staging your home, but you may want to invest in a few indoor plants to add a lively touch.
3. Take the time to clean your home
A clean and decluttered home will make a significant difference in the atmosphere of your open house. Clean up everything and anything that could be in the way. Dust-free and freshly vacuumed rooms make a difference, as do clean windows, cleared walkways, and an organized garage. Your home needs to be in top-notch shape, so store away any collectibles, dump the knickknacks, and pick up those toys that have been lying on the living room floor for weeks.
4. Don’t stick around
Do not attend your own open house. After you’ve helped with marketing, decluttering, and staging, your agent will handle the rest. Your real estate agent knows your home’s best selling-points and exactly what to say to keep interested buyers captivated. Remember, they are expert negotiators. It may seem difficult to leave your home during your open house but it’s their job to sell your home. Guests will not want to see you following them from room to room, even if you’re just trying to be helpful. Otherwise, you may be overbearing and send them running out the door.
Before you start preparing your open house to-do list, remember hosting an open house is the responsibility of the real estate agent you work with. They know exactly how to reel in prospective buyers and get your home sold at the best price.