Open House: Unlock ways to attract homebuyers

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You are putting your home on the market and you want it to sell as quickly as possible. An open house is a great way to get interested buyers through the front door and placing bids. Of course, open houses don’t always inspire countless offers — you have to do it right.

There are various things homeowners often overlook when preparing their place to show to potential interested buyers. By knowing exactly what you need to do, you can avoid these simple missteps. Use the following tips to ensure you have the best open house possible.

Tips for an Open House

When putting your home on the market, you’ll want to price your home correctly! Your Estate Agent can help you with settling on an asking price and getting the listing exposure you need. They can also help you when it comes to setting up your open house. Your Estate Agent will be able to give you personalized tips when it comes to increasing your home’s curb appeal and properly staging your home. Furthermore, they should have plenty of resources for advertising an open house and getting enough traffic through your front door.

Improving Curb Appeal

Your home’s curb appeal determines the first impression it makes on potential homebuyers. If people don’t like what they see right off the bat, they are less likely to explore what your home has to offer inside. Just like with staging your home inside, cleanliness is key here. If your driveway or walkways are scuffed, stained or simply dirty, consider renting a power washer to blast off dirt and grime. You can also use a power washer to get rid of mold and mildew on your siding. A pressure wash over grimy areas of home’s facade can make your home look years younger after about an afternoon’s worth of work.

Landscaping is another key to improving your home’s overall curb appeal. This isn’t the time to do a huge overall of your yard architecture and aesthetic, but there are some simple things you can do to update your landscaping:

  • Plant small shrubs for added privacy.
  • Paint or update your mailbox.
  • Add lighting along walking paths.
  • Add fresh mulch to flower beds and around trees.
  • Re-edge mulch around borders of flower beds, trees, or other landscaping elements.
  • Replace patches in your lawn and keep your grass freshly cut.

Staging Your Home

 When it comes to showing your house, there are going to be times where you’ll have potential buyers over and you aren’t able to have the place perfectly staged. However, an open house gives you the time necessary to put in the work and make your home as appealing as possible. It’s most likely no surprise that real estate experts advise that the home be completely and thoroughly cleaned before an open house.

While cleaning your home yourself is certainly possible, it really doesn’t hurt to tap in for some assistance from a professional. Luckily, you can find great deals on house cleaning through sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial. You can splurge on a one-time deep cleaning before your open house then keep up that tidiness yourself throughout the home selling process.

Beyond cleanliness, you’ll want to do things around the house to make it brighter, warmer and a bit more generic. Cutting back on the things that personalize your home helps make it more appealing to a wider audience. Put away excessive family photos, wall hangings and other decor touches like the kids’ art you hang on the refrigerator. Other updates you can make for open house staging:

  • Add more lighting fixtures in dark or sunless rooms.
  • Declutter kitchen cabinets and closets.
  • Open up curtains and drapes to let light through windows.
  • Consider having your windows professionally cleaned.
  • Put up evidence of pets and consider boarding them on the day of the open house.
  • Fill your home with pleasant, natural scents using stovetop potpourri.

An open house is a great way to show the best your home has to offer to potential buyers in your area. To make the most of this opportunity, it is important to go over the details when it comes to the appearance of the house. Curb appeal is your home’s first impression, and you can improve it by washing away dirt and grime and updating your landscaping. Once you get the people through the door, wow them with a professionally cleaned space that is decorated with warmth and light.

Andrew Smirthwaite

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