Let’s face it, the only people who enjoy an open house, are the people that come to the open house! For homeowners, it can be a bit challenging, but it’s often one of the best ways to get the biggest bang for your buck, so to speak. Why is that? Think of it this way, you could have multiple showings of your home in a week, or you could have one open house where the people who wanted to see your home can come through, but likely some just passing by as well. You never know when someone walks through and falls in love!
Speaking of getting the most out of your time, we have some do’s and don’ts for homeowners to make sure that your open house is a successful one!
- Do Declutter! Pay close attention to closets, cabinets, and any other storage areas. Potential buyers are going to want to see every inch of the home and the bigger and better your storage looks, the more value they will see.
- Do Depersonalize. While it may be hard to remove family pictures, awards, even those cute sayings, it’s 100% necessary. You want potential buyers to picture themselves in your home, not how you look in your home.
- Do Clean, clean, and then clean some more. Be sure to look at areas that you might not clean regularly like window coverings, ceiling fans, cold air return grates, appliances, etc.
- Do Consider a staycation. Keeping a home “open house ready” while you’re living in it can feel impossible! Many of our clients get their home ready to go and then hit a local resort for the weekend.
- Don’t leave your pets. While they may be the best thing in the world, a potential buyer may not agree. Not to mention that your furry friend may be stressed with people coming and going. Make arrangements for your pets to be out of the house – AND be sure to remove any of their gear too.
- Don’t Put out food. Not only is it not COVID friendly, but it’s also a distraction that might turn buyers off.
- Don’t Use smelly candles or air fresheners. Sure you want your house to smell great, but strong scents can drive buyers right out the door. If you do use something, be sure that it’s light and clean scented. Think herbal, citrus, or clean.
- Don’t Take any advice from your agent negatively. While some advice may be tough to hear, keep in mind that your agent has your best interest in mind. You’re looking to get top dollar from your home
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The home buying and selling process can be very overwhelming, which is why working with an agent you trust is so important! We always want our business to focus on relationships, we’re never going to push a client to a property or a price that doesn’t work, just to close a deal. That’s not our style. When our clients sign that contract, we want them to feel like their best friend has been walking them through the process. If you’ve been thinking now might be the right time to sell your home, let’s talk. We’re excited to hear your story and answer your questions too.