Open houses offer a chance to build connections and present your most prized possession in its best possible light. You only get one chance to make the best impression. Hence you and your real estate agent need to be well prepared. Remove all unwelcoming odors, clear clutter, create a good landscape and follow these tips to stage a great open house.
1. REMOVE SCENTS.
The best scent is no scent according to a recent study that shows that 30% of your potential buyers are irritated by scents. So, that cinnamon air freshener might chase 30% of your buyers away. Hence it’s wiser to avoid the use of air fresheners and scented candles. Apart from eliminating the use of scents, you need to carry out deep cleaning to remove all unwelcoming scents. Open the windows and let in fresh air.
2. CREATE STORAGE SPACE.
Buyers favor a large closet size. Hence your storage space would usually be inspected during the open house. You don’t want a storage filled up and brimming over with stuff. Hence you need to trim out closet contents. You can do this by:
Donate and let go of items you may be attached to but do not want to store.
Use plastic storage containers.
Do not store anything you use regularly.
3. REMOVE EVIDENCE OF PETS.
Pets can be gentle and kind, but they can also cause damage and odors. Many potential buyers will run to the next house because of pets. Home sellers should remove all evidence of pets during an open house.
4. NO OWNERS.
No open house benefits from an emotionally-hooked seller hanging all-around. You want to make your potential buyers comfortable during the open house. So stay away from the house during the open house and let your agent take the reins.
5. ATTRACTIVE FRONT.
The front door of a house sets the tone for the rest of the house. Make a great first impression. Remove dead plants and debris, cobwebs and dirt from the front door. Add a decorative wreath or a beautiful chair.
Rooms appear more sizably voluminous in bright light. Experiment with lighting before your open house. You can try opening shades and curtains, and turning on different sources of light to accentuate your home’s best features.
7. MAKE USE OF PRINTED INFORMATION.
Even though digital information rules, you can still take advantage of print. Tangible, physical information sticks with a buyer longer.