A real estate agent would often use an open house to get prospective buyers to see properties for sale. Not all houses are available for an open house; it can be because of location or its condition. The houses that can have an open house can benefit from traffic from buyers and other agents’ exposure.
Best time for an open house
Open houses are normally held on the weekend; this is so because buyers are generally off work and are house hunting. When planning a house opening, you don’t want it to coincide with public holidays or any other special events planned by the community. You should also see what the weather will be like to ensure that it won’t be cold or rainy because people tend to stay home during this weather.
Prepping for sale
Before putting your home up for sale, you must ensure it is fully prepped. Although you may be anxious to get the open house completed, you should do some things to ensure it is ready. So before you hold an open house, here are things you need to do:
· Invite brokers to take a look at your home
If our home is not on a brokerage list, you can invite agents to preview it if you are willing to pay them a commission. These brokers can provide you feedback that will prove valuable to you in terms of pricing expectations.
· Staging your home
You must remove your personal items from the house before doing an open house; this can be done by either selling them at a yard sale or putting them in a storage unit. Some persons find it hard to do so, but this can make your area look larger than it is and allow the buyer to imagine themselves living in that house.
· Move out your valuables
You should remove any valuables that are not is not in the final sale of your house. By doing this, you can avoid explaining to a buyer why they can’t have something in the house.
Invite everyone you know to your open house
Now that you have finished getting rid of your intimate items and staged your house for the house opening, it’s time to invite your neighbors and friends over. You can also share the information on social media.
Two to three days before your big opening
These days before your open house, you must clean your house from ceiling to floor. You should pay close attention to the small details. Your house must be immaculate when you’re through cleaning and scouring. It would be best if you also considered printing colored flyers and brochures to advertise. These flyers should include specs, pictures, and other important
information about your house; you can place them on a center table so that prospective buyers can take them home after the open house.
The day before your open house
Most of the sanitation and preparation should be almost or if not complete at this period, and your anxiety level should be subsiding. Your house should be sparkling from corner to corner. Now is the final time you ought to think if you’re truly dedicated to selling your house. Moments pointing up to the opening, you should open all the windowpanes in the home to allow air to pass through and pick up some snacks and gifts for your guests. For the last time, please go through all the rooms and ensure that everything is in place. Organize flowers in vases, place them in appropriate areas in your house, and turn-on all the lights in the house; once you have accomplished all that, you are ready to receive prospective buyers.