Your open house is like a grand opening party for your property. In most cases it is the first time that your home is made available for the public to see. They say that first impressions are everything and at your open house your goal is to have buyers leave wanting to live in the property. Simply opening your home to the public is not enough to attract the interest you are looking for. If you want to maximize the interest there are a few things that you should do as the seller to get buyers interest in and ultimately making offers on your property.
Your Role On Open House Day
Truth is, your job for the open house is to stay out of your agent’s way. This is not to say that there aren’t things that you can do but on the actual day of the open house it is best to let your realtor do their thing. Selling your home is an emotional time and you often have a distorted view on everything in the property. This will lead you to follow potential buyers around constantly asking what they think and distracting them from focusing on the house. You realtor will know everything about the property, the neighborhood and the market. On the open house day let them do what they do best.
If you want to have a good open house you should make your home look as good as it possibly can. This often means starting from the outside in. Your yard should be clean with the grass freshly cut, leaves removed and walkways cleared. There should not be any kids toys or cars parked on the side of the driveway. You want to remove as much of your own personal clutter as possible and this starts with making the exterior as presentable as possible.
Moving to the interior you want to follow the same train of thought. You should remove your personal photos from the wall and your children’s pictures from the refrigerator. The more personal items around the house the less likely a buyer can envision themselves living there. If they can’t picture themselves in the house they will be less likely to make an offer. Most buyers look for open space that is clean and clutter free. Before the open house you may need to fill a few garbage bags or take a trip to the dump. Items may have accumulated over the years but if you really want to make a good impression you will need to remove them.
Smells matter more than you may think. It is a good idea the night before the open house to eat or cook something that has a neutral smell. You should also consider making a fresh batch of cookies or bringing in some fresh flowers on open house morning. If you can give off a warm feeling of home your buyers will feel the same way. If you think like a buyer and listen to your realtor’s advice you will have a much greater chance at having success. You only get one chance to make an impression at your open house and as the seller you should do everything you possibly can to make this happen.