Article Courtesy Of Suzie Wilson
Congratulations, you’ve decided to put your home on the market! There’s so much to do already, including preparing for an open house. An open house is the perfect opportunity to show individuals and families why they should buy your home. During an open house, you should let your home speak to prospective buyers, and there are certain things you can do beforehand to increase the chances of selling it quickly for a great price.
Hire professionals to deep clean
Before you officially put your home on the market, there’s a ton to do, and you may be feeling stressed. One of the biggest things you have to do before you host an open house is clean. You want to leave a good first impression on prospective buyers, which is why we recommend hiring professionals to deep clean your home. They will help your home look spotless, and it won’t break the bank to do so. According to HomeAdvisor, the average price for a one-time interior house cleaning is between $118 - $239.
Remove personal items
When you’re selling your home, you have to stage it for prospective buyers. A big part of this means removing any personal items from your home, so that it appeals to a wide range of interested parties. This includes removing any pictures, knick knacks and children’s toys from your home. Don’t forget to get rid of artwork and magnets from the fridge. Organize your closets and remove any clothing that’s out of season. Make sure the inside of your kitchen cabinets look tidy, as prospective buyers will be looking through them. You can also take this opportunity to make any repairs you’ve been putting off, like leaky faucets or hinges on doors.
Make your home inviting
Open up all of your curtains so that light pours into your home. Light some candles before your open house starts so your house is filled with enticing smells. Another way you can make your home more inviting is to prepare some refreshments for your visitors. Baking a fresh batch of cookies and putting out a jug of water will impress any prospective buyers. Also, when they stop over to get some refreshments, you can use this time to chat with them about your home. This will make prospective buyers view your home as inviting and they’ll be able to picture themselves living there.
Put up signs
Who doesn’t turn their head when they’re driving down the road and see an open house sign? Signs can be a great way to draw in prospective buyers. Along with putting one in your front yard, try placing them on corners or intersections near your neighborhood, that direct people to your home. An easy and cheap way to make your signs stand out is to attach balloons to them.
Print out brochures or flyers
One of the most important things you can do at your open house? Provide prospective buyers with information that they can carry with them when they leave your home. You can put information on flyers or brochures, whichever is easier for you. Information can include some photos of your home, your address, square footage, the year it was built, amenities, upgrades and asking price. Help your flyer or brochure stand out by providing a few loan scenarios on there for interested parties. You can meet with a local lender to get this information. Not only will a flyer or brochure help provide useful information to families, but it will help them remember your home. Most likely, your home is not the only home they’ll be seeing on that day.
Preparing for an open house can be time-consuming and stressful. Mark off time on your calendar to get ready for this big day. A great open house can ensure you get the most out of this time with prospective buyers while getting the best possible asking price.
Written by: Suzie Wilson
Interior Designer, Author, Creator of Happierhome.net
Suzie has over 20 years of interior design experience, currently lives in San Francisco, and is in the process of writing a book.