When you decide to sell your home, you want to be able to reach as many potential buyers as possible. One opportunity that you have to show off your home and reach those buyers is to hold an open house. Prospective buyers will come to visit your home and decide whether or not they want to place an offer on it. Open houses only last for a few hours, as a general rule, so you must make sure that you do it right. Keep reading to learn a few common mistakes that you will want to ensure that you avoid to increase the chances of a successful open house.
Mistake #1: Staying Home
In some cases, home sellers want to be at the open house because they think they will be able to answer the questions that prospective buyers may have and also show off the most promising features of the home. However, this actually does not have the effect that you want it to. Instead, if you remain present at the open house, it will likely make the potential buyers uncomfortable and make it harder for them to picture themselves living in the home. In addition, it is important to get other family members and pets out of the home.
Mistake #2: Failing to Clean Dirt and Remove Clutter
When it comes to preparing for your open house, the best thing that you can do is clean the home thoroughly and remove any clutter throughout the home. If at all possible, you may want to consider renting a storage unit so that you can remove any items in the home that are unnecessary for the open house. When you present a dirty and cluttered home to potential buyers, it makes the home appear smaller and not cared for, which is off-putting. You may want to think about hiring a professional cleaning company before the day of the open house to ensure the home is ready.
Mistake #3: Forgetting the Home's Curb Appeal
First impressions are crucial, so it is important that you do not fail to prepare your yard for the upcoming open house. To ensure that the yard looks great at all times, it will take some extra time and effort on your part. In fact, it is a good idea to step outside and check the yard every day. Prior to the open house, make sure to rake up the yard, hose down the walkways and driveway, skim the pool, etc. These tasks will make all the difference in the world.
For other mistakes to avoid or help preparing for the open house, contact a real estate agent in your area.