Use these tips to get home buyers through your front door
When you list your home for sale, one of the first things you might do as a home seller is to hold an open house. You might have a lot of questions about getting ready for one—especially if this is your first time selling a home. Your goal should be to attract as many people as possible to increase your chances of selling it quickly and for the best price. So how do you make your home open house ready? Start with this list of 10 tips from our REALTORS® at RE/MAX DFW Associates to get started.
- Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent
Since the chances are good this is your first time selling a house, you’ve probably never hosted an open house. It can be very helpful to hire an experienced real estate agent like those at RE/MAX DFW Associates to stand by your side throughout the home selling process. In addition to bringing their expertise to setting up your open house, they will also handle other aspects of selling your house like listing your home for sale, marketing your home, showing your home and negotiating the sale.
- First Impressions Start at the Street
Your real estate agent will probably stress this point, but it’s essential to make a great first impression. This starts at the street. Do not neglect the outside of your home. This is what will make that critical first impression when the potential buyers arrive. Mow the grass, plant seasonal flowers, wash your windows and pressure wash the outside of your home to make it look perfect.
- Give Your Home a Deep Cleaning
Everything should be exceptionally clean when people visit for the open house. Invest the time (and dollars) necessary to ensure that everything is in pristine condition. You may even wish to hire a cleaning crew to do a thorough job.
- Remove all Personal Items
Ideally, your home should look as neutral as possible. This makes it easier for people to imagine themselves living there. Remove any personal touches that make your home “yours”--such as family pictures on the wall.
- Stage Your Home
Staging your home means arranging your home in a way that would appeal to potential buyers. This includes everything from how you arrange the furniture to small touches like setting out a vase with fresh flowers. Bold paint can be a turnoff, so repaint using neutral colors.
- Make Every Room Accessible
Potential home buyers will want to see every room and look in every closet. Do not block access to any areas, as this can make it seem like you have something to hide. Safely store or remove all valuables and personal information.
- Don’t Stay for the Open House
Your presence at the open house can make things awkward for your guests. Find something to occupy your family away from the house while your real estate agent manages the showing.
- Take Your Pets with You
If you have any pets, do not leave them at home during the event. Your pets may be a distraction or turn off to others. Even better, put away their food dish and remove any other evidence that you own pets.
- Let the Light Shine In
Don’t forget to open all blinds and curtains during your open house, to let the sunlight pour into every room. Natural light helps show off a clean and organized home.
- Give Them a Little Treat
A treat/light refreshment left for potential home buyers is a great way to make visitors feel at home during an open house. A tray of cookies and some lemonade won’t add value to your home, but it will leave open house visitors with a great first impression.