Make Your House Tour Ready
Even in a super-hot seller’s market where buyers are eager to get into homes, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not prepping your home. If you have anything that needs immediate attention, be sure to resolve them before you show your home. Even with low inventory, buyers still won’t overlook any major flaws.
Give your home a nice declutter & cleaning before you open your doors to potential buyers. It’s also key to remember to de-personalize your spaces. Any shoes, laundry, and dishes should all be out of sight, and if you have any big valuables, make sure they are in a good place for safe-keeping.
Marketing Is Key
In order to have a successful open house, people need to know about it! The more people are aware of your open house, the more likely you’ll be tapping into a large buyers pool. Your real estate agent will help with marketing for your open house, ensuring open house signs are in your yard as well as listing your home on local listings service sites like Zillow. Using word of mouth is still a good strategy to have on top of the marketing efforts of your real estate agent too!
Don’t Forget Your Curb Appeal
First impressions of a property are crucial for buyers, and if you skip out on making your front yard and entrance look its best, it could cost you. Ensure your property is looking its best on the outside by having a freshly mowed lawn, trimmed bushes, and clear of any weeds. Even a fresh coat of paint on your front door can make a bigger impact with buyers.
Don’t Skip Out On Quality Photography
Many buyers looking for a new home will usually encounter your home online before they step foot on your property, so having quality photos of your home for your listing is important. Having haphazard iPhone photos won’t cut it if you want your home to stand out to buyers. Take time to take quality images of all spaces of your home, and if you’re not camera-savvy, hire a professional!
Keep The Lights On & Remove Any Odors
Don’t leave potential homebuyers in the dark – literally. Always remember to leave all the lights on in your home before you leave so that the home is ready to shine from the moment a stranger enters your home. Also, make sure your home doesn’t have any lingering odors when prepping for your showing – this can be a major turnoff for potential buyers. Avoid cooking any intense recipes that could leave a smell lingering for days afterward like fish, do not smoke indoors, and make sure you clean up any pet waste from your backyard. If your home has carpet, giving them a deep clean not only makes them look newer but will also remove any trapped odors.
Make Yourself Scare Once It Begins
Once your open house is open to the public, it’s important to stay away from the property. If you have any pets in the home, be sure to take them with you! Some buyers could be allergic or the evidence of pets can be a potential turnoff. You also must be willing to let your real estate agent take control once the open house is live, so they can show off your property in the best light.
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