These seven tips will get your home (and mind) ready for an open house.
One of the most common ways to sell your home is to host an open house that allows you to meet with multiple potential buyers in a short time span.
However, there’s a lot of work that goes into the process, and you won’t want to leave any detail to chance. You may be wondering, “How do I prepare for an open house?”
Getting your home ready for an open house shares a lot of the same tasks as preparing it for a typical showing, except there’s a lot more work involved. When done properly, your open house lets people know you’re selling your house, gets people talking about it, and encourages buyers to look at it.
Maximize every drop-in with the following open house preparation tips:
1. Lighten Your Load
Reducing the contents of each room can make your rooms look larger and less cluttered. Plus, you’re (hopefully) going to have a houseful of guests, so they’ll need plenty of space to walk through your home uninterrupted.
2. Inspire Your Visitors
Set the dinner table for a formal meal. Add a bowl of fresh lemons to your kitchen counter. Bake a batch of cookies before your guests arrive and fill the whole home with the smell of dessert. Little details can tingle the senses and get buyers to envision what could be.
3. Brighten Every Room
Good lighting can make or break a room. Wash the windows to let sunlight stream in and add additional lighting in dark corners or rooms.
4. Give Every Room a Deep Clean
A clean home can appear low maintenance and well taken care of. Go through each room to remove dust, dirt, cobwebs, stains, and anything else that makes the room unattractive.
5. Invite Everyone You Know
Neighbours, co-workers, family members, and friends are prime open house attendees. They may not buy, but their presence can spur buzz around your home and make it look like a hot property.
6. Prepare the Outside
The outside of the home is the first thing people will see when they arrive. Clear your gutters, remove dead or overgrown flora, sweep the walkway and porches, and clean off any outdoor lighting. The better your home looks from the outside, the more excited your attendees will be to step inside.
7. Invest in Good Marketing
Successful open houses don’t happen by chance. They require a great deal of marketing and promotion to earn a crowd. While your real estate agent will likely handle most of the details, you can take matters into your own hands, too.
Invest in ads in local publications and on social media, distribute colorful flyers, and rely on yard and roadside signage to advertise beforehand and point people in the right direction.
You’ll also want to examine your follow-up strategy. Work with your Realtor to collect visitor information and feedback, then make it a point to follow up with each one after the open house.
How to Skip the Hassles of an Open House
If the idea of deep cleanings and heavy marketing doesn’t appeal to you, you can skip the open house altogether and sell directly to Properly.
Properly will make a fair offer on your home as-is, giving you an easy, less time-consuming way to sell your home quickly