For anyone selling a home, an open house is one of the most standard and sometimes most dreaded rituals in the process of attracting buyers. While many sellers feel that open houses are more effective at reeling in nosy neighbors than serious buyers, there is no doubt that they help generate interest and drive traffic to your home. Therefore, if you are committed to finding a buyer it may be worthwhile to endure the hassle of hosting a few open houses.
Taking some essential steps will ensure that your open house makes the best possible impression on prospective buyers. We help our sellers any way we can to make sure hosting an open house goes smoothly. Here are 6 do’s and don’ts to hosting a successful open house:
- Do: let the light in. Creating a “bright and airy” look for your home will help buyers view it as more spacious, so open the blinds and turn on some lights.
- Don’t: overwhelm buyers’ senses. Many homeowners think that playing music, baking cookies, or placing air fresheners around the house will create an appealing ambiance. On the contrary such measures are distracting and can make buyers worry that the home has undesirable features that are being concealed—such as road noise or pet odors. The best way to ensure that your home has a pleasant scent is to thoroughly clean before the open house (but be sure to not leave behind a strong aroma of cleaning products).
- Do: Lure them in! The outside of your home is as important as the inside, especially the front entry area. Before an open house take care of simple yard maintenance such as mowing, edging and weeding flower beds. At your front door clean off spider webs, blown leaves, and place a colorful pot of annuals or anything you can buy in season.
- Don’t: forget to remove valuable or private items or papers. For your own safety it is important to remember that an open house is just that—open. Therefore, it is important to remove anything that could be stolen such as money, jewelry, or paperwork that contains your personal information. Consider storing these items in a safe or keeping them with you whenever an open house is underway.
- Do: take feedback into consideration. Your realtor will likely ask everyone who attends the open house what they thought of it. When he or she shares this information with you, try not to be defensive when it comes to negative feedback. If several people are deterred by the same thing—for example, the high price or something that needs repair—then you may risk losing other prospective buyers for the same reason. Discuss all feedback with your realtor and determine whether you need to make adjustments.
- Don’t: stay. As curious as you may be about who is looking at your home, hovering around during an open house will make visitors uncomfortable and impede their ability to freely gauge what they do and do not like. When your home is on the market, have a designated place like a local park or coffee shop where you and your family can wait comfortably during open houses
Feeling overwhelmed by this list, don’t worry the Wise Advantage Group is here to help you. When you have us on your side selling your home we will make sure you follow these golden rules and so much more to get your home sold FAST! Contact us today.