15 Open House Tips For Sellers That Will Get Your Home SOLD Quickly
by Rick Delgado
on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 11:08am.
Selling your home is a lot of work. Not only do you have to ensure that everything is fixed, but you need to ensure that it looks nice to prospective buyers. You have to work with the inside and the outside of your home. You cannot invite someone into a beautiful home from the outside, only to have it look plain and boring on the inside. Buyers want homes that speak to them, that let them know this could be their new home, not just a regular house. Using an open house checklist, you're able to create the space buyers want when they visit your home in hopes of purchasing it for themselves.
Check out these home staging tips and tricks that you're able to use when it comes to selling your home at your next open house.
Remove Personal Items
Remove any and all of the family photos. You want a neutral atmosphere that they are able to see themselves living in. If your family photos are on the wall – they are going to see your family living there, not theirs. Store them for when you move in a place where the box is not going to matter – the garage, attic or basement.
Remove the clutter from around the home and in the rooms. No one wants to walk into a home that they can barely get around in. Anything that you're not going to need – put it away. Get a short term storage space for the time being and put those items away. You want them to see large, open spaces and not clutter filled corners.
Organize your drawers, closets and cabinets. Space is a vital selling point. Having enough of it and showing that you do can lead to more interest. Make sure to organize and de-clutter all of these areas so that those buyers have something worth looking forward too.
Neutralize and get rid of odors throughout the home. If you have kids and pets, these can cause enough odors themselves but usually when living in a home for so long, your own scent seems to stick. Light candles, bake cookies or find an air deodorizer for the day when people come to see the home. Open windows a few days beforehand and leave them open. People want their own scent in the home.
Hire a professional cleaner to do some cleaning. You might have done a lot of cleaning yourself. It doesn't have to be completely spotless to the point of exhaustion but when you hire a cleaning service – they will find and clean places that perhaps you once forgot about. This can leave those open places of interest clean, when you thought you cleaned them before.
Set the Stage for Buyers
Contrary to popular belief, a vacant home is not ideal when showing your home to prospective buyers. Staging is crucial when it comes to showing buyers the potential in your home. Adding furniture and accessories to an empty rooms makes them more inviting, and thus more likely to appeal to buyers. Remember, when it comes to furniture, less is more.
If you currently occupy your listing, consider adding some well-chosen accessories to spruce up your home's curb appeal. A well-placed vase of fresh flowers in the kitchen, fresh towels in the bathroom, or a warmly scented candle in the living room can create a great first impression to your potential buyers.
A fresh coat of paint on the walls is of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to refresh the look of your home. When choosing a paint color, stick to warm, neutral shades. Avoid bright colors and white, which can look loud or boring. Just because you love that bright red accent wall, doesn't mean that your buyers will.
Lighting is another area often neglected by sellers at open houses. Create as much natural light as possible by opening up curtains and blinds. Consider investing in higher wattage bulbs in order to make the room brighter. Well lit rooms appear larger, which is never a bad thing.
Don't Forget the Outside
Enhance the way your home looks on the outside, as well as the inside. Spruce up the bushes and trees, clean up the toys and other items outside. Make sure the walkway is cleared so the buyers can walk through. Any little thing helps – don't forget to mow the grass!
Little Things Count
Make all necessary repairs around the home. Even the smallest repairs will not go unnoticed to the right home buyer. When you fix these small problems – such as a leaky faucet, the open house will go much smoother.
Spread the Word
There's little point to an open house if no one shows up. Amp up your marketing efforts by listing your open house online via social media and classified sites like Craigslist. Don't be afraid to try some old school marketing tactics as well. Invite the neighbors, hand out flyers, and list your open house in the paper.
Give Your Buyers Space
Leave the home when someone is coming to look at it. When you're staring at them as they walk through your house, this makes them feel uncomfortable. If they have any questions, they can ask your realtor or theirs. You do not have to be there, they would probably prefer it if you weren't.
If you have children or pets, consider having them stay with a friend or family member during a showing. They can serve as a distraction to buyers, which can be off-putting. If you cannot arrange pet care, keep your four-legged friends confined to a low-traffic area of the home.
Listen to Feedback
Hosting an open house is an excellent opportunity to get feedback on your home; good or bad. Get your agent to collect feedback from open house attendees, all of which can help to identify areas of improvement in your listing. Is your home priced too high? Does the decor look dated? Are there features missing from your home that buyers are looking for? These are all questions that can be answered if you gain valuable feedback from your guests.