Top Three Tips For Holding An Open House in Nanaimo
Holding an open house can be a very effective way of getting the word out about new Nanaimo homes on the market.
If you’re thinking about holding an open house, remember that you’ll be in competition with the other Nanaimo homes on the market, so you’ll want to be sure to put your best foot forward.
Here are my top three tips for holding your Nanaimo open house:
1. Staging is OK, up to a point
Try to forget a lot of what you may have seen on TV about staging your home. Prospective buyers want to be able to imagine that they’re living in your home, not a hotel.
The key is to get a buyer to start thinking that they live in your home, not you.
So, without going through too much trouble, it’s best to remove any items that are too personal or eclectic – personal photographs or that gift from your eccentric aunt, for example.
2. Make sure your house is presentable inside and out
I know this seems like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many Nanaimo homes I’ll visit for an open house where the yard is unkept, there are dirty clothes lying in the laundry room, or the windows haven’t been washed.
As real estate agents, our job is to sell Nanaimo homes, not to clean them. I guess sometimes home sellers think that they’re getting more bang for their buck if their real estate agent cleans their home prior to holding an open house.
But understand that if your Nanaimo real estate agent has to spend time making your home look presentable for an open house, they’ve got less time to spend find a qualified buyer for your home.
3. Realize that your buyer may not be a pet lover
You may have the best trained, most lovable Labrador Retriever in the world, but the fact is that there are some people that don’t like pets.
And your best buyer could be one of those people.
So, to avoid accidentally losing a qualified buyer for your home in Nanaimo because you love dogs and they don’t, it’s best to make your pet’s presence unknown.
Toys, food, indoor kennels are a few things that are best kept out of sight. Have a trusted friend or your real estate agent let you know if there’s any pet odor.
When prospective buyers of Nanaimo homes see a pet, they’ll sometimes look more closely for damage to the flooring or baseboards or other signs of trouble than they usually would.
I hope you’ve found these three tips on holding an open house for Nanaimo homes helpful and that you’ll get your home sold fast!