One of the most difficult tasks in life is selling your house. It is difficult because you must always be ready to show the house with a minutes notice. This means having to keep a constantly clean and presentable house. Leave out the fact that you are probably already stressed from having to look for and buy your own new house, and this task is mind numbing. One of the best ways to get prospective buyers into your thoroughly clean and inviting home is to hold an open house. This allows any interested parties access to the house while your realtor stands at the ready to answer all questions. This is an invaluable tool and often results in the sale of the home. There are several things to do prior to holding your own open house.
Yes, people will be looking in your closets and cabinets and possibly even checking the top of your refrigerator for dust. If money isn’t a factor, then consider hiring a maid for a serious deep clean of your house. Then it will be easier for you to maintain this level of clean. There is no bigger turnoff when looking at a potential new home than seeing a pig sty. It is also important to organize these closets and cabinets. You may not care if they are organized or not, but disorganization can lead prospective buyers to believe that there is not enough storage space in the home. This can become a deal breaker. A clean and organized home is the first step to creating an inviting atmosphere for an open house.
Chances are that you have made some major changes to your home in order to increase the potential value. Now that your home is beautiful, you need to make sure it is a space where others can see themselves living. This means that you need to remove yourself from the home. Take down all family photos. Clear out your antique tea pot collection. Clear out all of your knick knacks and space occupiers. You want your home to look large and spacious so people can envision themselves and their family living in your home. While this isn’t always a fun process, just think about all of the things you will have already packed and ready to move when you do sell your house. This is an important step in getting your home ready for an open house.
The day of the open house is the time to set the stage to please all of the senses of prospective buyers. Your house is clean and clutter free, but there are other ways to make it visually pleasing. Your realtor will be there, so don’t fear lighting candles. Add some fresh flowers to different areas of the home. A centerpiece on the dining room table and coffee table will make the house inviting. Appeal to the sense of smell. This can be achieved through the candles or by baking something delicious before the open house begins. This leads to the next step. Appeal to their taste buds by offering those yummy homemade cooking with some iced tea or coffee. Adults and children alike will feel welcome. And finally, play some classical music in the background. It should be just loud enough to provide a soothing atmosphere. Finally, there is the sense of touch or feel. In this instance, it refers to the temperature and climate of the house. Make sure the house is neither too warm, too cold, too humid, nor too dry. Appealing to all the senses will ensure that your open house is a success!
An open house is a great marketing tool for selling your home. This allows for multiple prospective buyers to come in and see your glorious house. More importantly, it allows you to truly set the stage for success.