Having an Open House is a wonderful way to spark some interest in your home for sale. Here are some helpful tips to get you inspired on having a successful Open House.
- Offer a Snack or Beverage
Treats are great ways to keep a potential guest in your home a little longer and that means they get more comfortable and start seeing the home as their own. In winter, why not have a punch bowl of warm (non-alcoholic) beverage? People will take snacks with them, but if they are drinking coffee from your mug they are much more likely to linger and get engaged in a conversation.
- Take Advantage of Technology
Use the technology that’s available. List your open house on social media sites —wherever you have strong followings. Your real estate agent will likely have a plan for this, so communicate with them before doing anything on your own.
- Choose an ‘Off’ Hour
Schedule your open house for hours outside the typical open house time. Having an off-hour time for your open house will attract excited new and seasoned home owners because they have more time to get to and view your home. The more time they spend at your site, the more comfortable they get, the better.
- Get the Neighbors on Your Side
Invite the neighbors to your open house. They will likely want friends and family to know about the great opportunity to move nearby. Invite them to a private early showing so they can get a good look at the home, including pre-sale upgrades and renovations. Let them do some of the early word-of-mouth advertising.
- Create a Neutral Environment
Clear the home of anything that may be deemed controversial, like your taxidermy collection. Even the kids’ drawing on the fridge may not appeal to everyone. Pack those little “character” charged items up first, and you’re overall packing job is already part done.
- Easy Decorating Tips
Turn all of the light to make the space look brighter and more spacious. Enlist a professional cleaner to do a top notch job on the upkeep in between open houses.
- Be Security Conscious.
There is always a risk of inviting strangers into your home. A registry can be a great way of monitoring who comes and goes. Speak with your real estate agent about ways to make this a safe and positive experience.
For more tips on selling your home, call the Laura Castillo Group at 432-701-0506.