Most people know that, when they’re ready to sell their home, they should call in a reputable real estate agent to handle the house’s listing and sale. Also, as people get ready to sell their old home, they start looking forward to being buyers and finding a new home for their own families.
One of the first things a good real estate agent will want to do is schedule an open house to show your home and property off at it’s best. Hosting an open house is the best way to have people look at the home all at once and make an offer that will hopefully find you moving into your own new home in no time at all. There are quite a few things you should do to prepare for an open house so that potential buyers can see just how amazing your home is. Read on below for a guide on open houses to get you started.
Walk through the home with your real estate agent first.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is to walk through your home with your real estate agent. Your real estate agent is trained to spot the things that need to be fixed and spruced up before the doors are opened to potential buyers on the day of your open house. The biggest thing you want to do is make your house feel like a home, but not too much like your personalized home. In other words, you want potential buyers to be able to see how homey and cozy the home is and to be able to picture themselves living in the space at the same time.
Repairing and Updating the Decor
It’s important to note that major repairs aren’t the only things you need to do before an open house. Potential buyers will not ignore even the smallest things during their tour. As a homeowner, you’re proud of your home and want to show it off in the best possible light. That means taking care of chores such as changing out fixtures, burnt-out lightbulbs, leaky faucets, and anything else that could cause a buyer to head to the next open house on their list instead.
Of course, there are also major repairs that need to be made to a home before an open house if possible, and every homeowner has at least 5 household chores we want to outsource, from pet waste removal to hiring a laundry service or repainting the front door. Repairs like the roof should be outsourced and left to the professionals, but you can clean up your lawn and hang new curtains on your own before the open house begins.
One of the most important things you need to do before the open house is get rid of the clutter in your home. One great way to do this chore is by making four piles of stuff. One pile will be for trash, one will be for personal items you want to keep, one for charity, and one for storage. It’s also best if you start with the smallest room, work your way through the home one room at a time, and clean and get rid of the clutter as you go.
Go above and beyond for your open house.
There’s never anything wrong with going above and beyond if you want to sell your home quickly. The open house is arranged for just that reason by your real estate agent. Cleaning and getting rid of the clutter in your home is only half of it. From putting out candles to make your home smell nice to removing family photos from the wall so buyers can picture their own family photos there, going the extra mile can make a difference in selling your home and it sitting on the market forever.
These are just a few tips for making your home open house ready in the days before the open house is scheduled to begin. Follow these tips, and soon you’ll be in your new home settling in, while another family settles into your old home.