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10 Must-Do’s When Hosting an Open House

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Selling a home isn’t easy. In fact, several factors may contribute to how long your home stays on the market before getting an offer. Market conditions, competition, and even pricing may contribute to longer periods with little interest. However, speak with your agent about hosting an open house. An open house is a great way to get traffic to your home, and a perfect way to differentiate your home.

Here are ten tips to help you have a great open house and to get you moving:

  • Get it Clean
    • Think about hiring a professional cleaning company. If not, make certain that you get everything in tip-top shape. Windows, doors, carpets, and even your garage should look like new. Once you have everything tidy—keep it that way.
  • Start Packing
    • You’ve already determined your move, so start packing. Pack away your personalized items and store them offsite. Family photos and collections keep potential home buyers from visualizing their own items in your house.
  • Get Organized
    • Most home experts agree; clutter is the number one thing that has to go. When selling your home, think minimization and clutter free.
  • Picture Perfect
    • Go ahead and stage each room. Make sure to display each room according to the function of that room. If the room is a bedroom, it’s best to show it as a bedroom and not a craft room.
  • Time it Right
    • Schedule your big debut to maximize attendance. Home buyers usually work during the week so weekends are your best bet. Depending on the season, try to work around sporting events and other local happenings.
  • First Impressions
    • Nothing says welcome like great curb appeal. Bring in landscapers and use your pressure washer. Mulch beds and replace shrubs. Use pots to add bright flowers and greenery around your entrance to give a welcoming feel.
  • Tell Everyone
    • Once you plan your open house, you need to market it. Place local ads, use social media, and tell your neighbors.
  • Summarize Facts
    • Create a fact sheet that attendees can use to help answer questions. State square footage, number of bedrooms, the year built, etc.
  • Hospitality
    • While you may not want to bake fresh cookies, you should offer something to drink. Get a drink dispenser and have it available with water and sliced lemon. Guest will feel welcome.
  • Get Reviews
    • Your agent should work your open house. Ask him or her to register attendees and get feedback.

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