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Helping your sellers prepare for an Open House

How To Prepare For Your Open House

An open house is one of the most effective ways to generate significant buyer interest in a short period of time. It's a scheduled time slot when your home is open to any potential buyers who would like to see it. Open houses have been an effective home selling technique for decades because they not only generate more traffic and attention to your listing, but they also allow buyers to tour the home in an easier, more relaxing environment. For an open house to be successful, planning and preparation are essential. Here are five things you can do to prepare:

  1. Fix The Red Flags If your home has a major red flag, like a plumbing problem or mold, it's so critical to get it taken care of before holding an open house. While an open house is a great way to generate interest, it can also be unsuccessful or even a waste of time if your home has a major defect that buyers are unwilling to overlook. As a result, it's best to take care of the large problems well ahead of time.

  2. Declutter The more of your belongings that are on display, the less buyers can see themselves living in the space. As a result, it's a good idea to declutter well ahead of time. Take any unwanted decor, ill-fitting furniture, book collections, and unnecessary belongings and relocate them to the basement or a self-storage unit. Also, temporarily put away any family photos or personalized items. A good, uncluttered home is the best way to make a good impression.

  3. Deep Clean Everything You want to make sure your home is spotless prior to the open house. Be sure to clean every room, including the basement. Make sure to get baseboards, surfaces, and floors. Be sure to give the kitchen and the bathrooms some extra attention. Hiring a professional to do a deep clean is often a great way to ensure your home is spotless.

  4. Stage Your Home Staging your home means arranging furniture and decor in a flattering, but neutral manner. It may also involve repainting, defining rooms, and maximizing light exposure. Staging is a home sales tactic that can not only help your home sell faster, but also help you attract buyers who will pay the highest sale price. If you've never staged a home before, your real estate agent should be able to provide you with home staging tips.

  5. Relocate For The Day Many buyers aren't interested in meeting the seller during the first tour of a home, so it's usually a good idea to stay away for the day. Plan a day's worth of activities or go visit a friend or family. You should also plan to relocate any pets, as they can also be a detractor for many buyers.

Open houses are an important strategy for garnering interest in your listing, but it's important to make sure they're done the right way.


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