According to the National Association of Realtors, 52% of buyers use an open house to help land their dream home, so they aren’t a waste of time. No matter how great online photos are, buyers need to visit the home in person and that is either accomplished with a private showing with their agent or during an open house. Though it may seem like a pain to prepare for, it’s a key marketing tool and will pay dividends if done correctly. Here are some tips that will help you increase the chances of a great open house and first impression of your home:
- Ensure everything is sparkling clean (inside & out) or professionally cleaned just prior to your open house. (Take out trash, don’t leave dishes in the sink, etc.)
- Keep it simple & de-clutter. Cleaning closets, putting away toys and other organizational practices will help remove any distractions from your house that could put a bad taste in the mouth of a potential buyer.
- Temporarily remove personalized items in your home, like family photos. When a potential buyer is touring your house, they want to be able to feel at home.
- Turn on all lights, interior & exterior, and open the window treatments to allow the most natural light to flood your home as possible.
- Keep your children and pets out of the house. While plenty of people love babies and puppies, it is easy to get distracted by a dog who won’t stop barking while someone is trying to tour your home.