7 Tips for a Successful Open House
You’re getting ready to list your home for sale and you’ve talked with your real estate agent about holding an open house. Not all agents hold these events, as they believe potential buyers will find your home through other means. Regardless, an open house can give you the opportunity to showcase your home provided that you take advantage of several time-honored and technological practices.
1. Get the word out. Use the Internet to tell everyone about your open house. Your realtor will get the word out, but you can also post information to local bulletin boards and area real estate blogs. Use Twitter to sent out tweets on the day of your event.
2. Enhance its curb appeal. If your home doesn’t have a great “first look” from the street, you won’t get people to come inside. Trim the grass, cut back overgrown bushes and hide the yard ornamentation. Paint the mailbox, sweep the driveway, wash windows and remove doorway clutter.
3. Put out a sign. Oddly, open houses are sometimes hard to find because the signage out front is not clear. Your realtor should have an open house sign on top of your regular “for sale” sign. You can also buy a big red arrow sign that points to your house and attach colorful balloons to your mailbox to draw attention as well.
4. Ask your neighbors. Your neighbors may hate to see you go, but they also desire to see new people move in that uphold the quality of the area. Tell your neighbors about the open house, invite them to stop in and ask your neighbors to help spread the word.
5. Stage your home. Remove all clutter in your home, to provide a look that is clean, appealing and fresh. Yes, you can have cookies baking to greet your visitors, but your agent may prefer that you not be at home to serve them. She can put the food out on the counter for your guests to enjoy.
6. Lock it up. Open houses can provide an easy casing for crooks. Lock up your valuables and leave no hints elsewhere to what you may own of great value. Turn off your computer, hide receipts and keep your personal financial information away from prying eyes.
7. Mix it up. Most open houses are held early on a Sunday afternoon and in some cases on a Saturday afternoon. Why not ask your real estate agent to do something different, by holding it late in the afternoon or on a Sunday? You won’t go head to head against other open houses, giving you the chance to attract more people to your own event.
Lastly, make sure that your home is priced right for your neighborhood. The worse thing you want is a home that is well overpriced with open house visitors showing no interest in making a bid. Work with your real estate agent to ensure that the price is right from the start.