Preparing for your Open House
First impressions count when selling your home – especially during an open house. Your REALTOR® will help you prepare for your open house by suggesting many ways you can present your home in its best light and increase its saleability.
An open house is just one aspect of an effective marketing plan your REALTOR® will develop to sell your home and one of the many services a REALTOR® provides.
Tips and advice on how to get your house ready for sale are also part of a REALTORS® expertise. He or she will advise you about things like de-cluttering and depersonalizing your home as well as minor improvements such as painting and rearranging furniture. Obviously you will want to ensure your home is squeaky clean for your open house, but there are also simple touches that can make your home even more appealing.
Fresh flowers are an easy way to give your home a cheery and well looked after feeling. Invest in enough flowers to place one large bouquet for impact either in the foyer or the living room and a few smaller ones throughout the house. The scent of fresh-brewed coffee, home-made bread or cookies, can also be very welcoming. See the list below for more open house preparation tips.
REALTOR® open house
Your REALTOR® will likely recommend you hold at least one or more open houses for the general public as well. This type of open house tends to attract many browsers. But if your home is clean, attractive, in good repair and well-priced, it may just turn a “browser” into a buyer. Also, many purchasers want to get the “feel” of several neighborhoods before they begin working with a REALTOR®. An open house will attract these buyers.
Chances are your open house for the public will be held on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon since that’s when most people are likely to have free time for cruising around the neighborhoods they are interested in.
Although you may be curious, it’s a good idea for you and your family to leave the home during an open house. Your presence could be distracting and potential buyers may rush their visit to avoid disturbing you. They may be hesitant to comment on your home while you are there, and generally feel more relaxed if the owner is not present.
Your REALTOR® may also suggest you temporarily remove any dog, cat or other family pets from the property since their presence could also be distracting.
Here are some tips from the Ontario Real Estate Association and your local REALTOR® for a successful open house:
Spruce it up!
Walls, ceilings, baseboards
Kitchen and bathrooms
Outside the home
The above article is brought to you by Joey Khan and the source of information is by the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). Please feel free to contact me.
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