While open houses aren’t always worth the hassle when selling a home, they can be effective under the right circumstances. If your real estate agent has suggested hosting an open house to drum up interest in your home, you’ll want to do everything you can to prepare. Are you still trying to figure out where to begin? Your agent can provide personalized tips, but there are some general best practices to remember as you prepare for the big day.
Get Your House Show-Ready
Even if your open house won’t be for several more weeks, there are things you can do now to get your home show-ready. Start by eliminating clutter whenever and wherever you can. Prospective buyers dropping by your open house will look into cabinets and closets, so ensure things are neat and organized. Consider renting a storage unit to cut down on clutter during this process.
Remember curb appeal when preparing for an open house, too. Small projects like setting up a window box with flowers or giving your front door a fresh coat of paint can make a big difference. Likewise, be sure you mow your lawn (if needed) the day before your open house to keep the yard looking fresh and inviting.
Work to depersonalize your home. Removing your personal belongings, including pictures, awards, and collectibles, is part of depersonalizing the house. Personal items such as wall decor and knickknacks can deter potential buyers from picturing the house as theirs.
Choose the Right Date and Time
The timing of your open house can also affect how successful it is. Most real estate agents will recommend hosting an open house on the weekend (Saturday or Sunday) in the afternoon. Avoid holding open houses during the week, as many prospective buyers will be busy with work or other obligations.
Some agents may also suggest hosting a shorter open house (one to two hours) rather than a longer one, as this can create the perception of higher demand for your property.
Spread the Word
Your agent will get the word out about your open house by announcing it on social media platforms, putting up signs, and connecting with their professional network. However, you can still get involved and spread the word yourself. One easy yet effective way to do this is to post about your upcoming open house on social media and encourage your friends to “share” the information.
Tuck Away Valuables
On the day of your open house, lock up or remove any valuable items from your home. While most people attending open houses are genuinely good and honest, you are opening your doors to complete strangers. As such, it’s a good idea to lock up any jewelry, collectibles, or other valuables while you’re away—just to be safe.
Get Ready to Sell!
Hosting an open house can be a great way to get many prospective buyers touring your home simultaneously. And it could very well lead to an offer!
When that time comes, and you’re ready to move, make sure you have professionals to get the job done right. Contact our experienced team today to request your free quote and learn how we can assist with your upcoming move.