How to Hold a Successful Open House
Common sense says it's smart to expose your home to the largest number of buyers, and getting buyers inside to preview a home is a huge hurdle to jump. It's like keeping the house for sale a secret and saying, "Sshh, let's not tell anybody about this house or invite them over to see it because it just might sell!"
Blue Moon Property real estate agents know that at least 20% of their sales, or one in five homes, sell through an open house.
Hosting a Successful Open House
Assuming your home is presentable, spotless from top to bottom, priced correctly and located in a high traffic area, here are tips to improve the odds your house will sell at an open:
- Advertise online (newspapers are a waste of money). Your Blue Moon Property agent will write colorful, descriptive ads and place them online using realestate.com.au.
- Remove all vehicles from the driveway. Ask your neighbors to help out by not parking in front of your house.
- Open all the drapes, blinds and window coverings –– let in that light.
- Do not put spices on the stove to simmer without offering cookies, and do not, under any circumstances, use an air freshener because many people are allergic to synthetic odors.
- Turn on every light in the house, except lights that produce noise such as exhaust fans without separate on / off switches.
- Turn on soft music on each floor to help set a mood.
- .Serve refreshments and snacks or, depending on your budget, maybe a catered lunch.
- Set out all documents pertaining to the house:
- Inspection reports
- Appraisal or comps
- Major repairs & warranties
- Blueprints for additions or future possible improvements
It’s important to make sure your property looks its best from the moment it goes onto the market. Blue Moon Property have shared these top tips for presenting your property.
1: Pavement appeal
Make sure the front of your property looks appealing and inviting with a weed-free garden
and some attractive pot plants.
2: Clean and bright
Before every viewing give your property a once over, ensuring that windows are clean inside and out – it’s surprising how much difference it makes to the light.
3: Cut the clutter
You want the prospective buyer to be able to imagine their own belongings in the property, so de-clutter to keep things tidy. Less clutter will also help make rooms appear larger.
4: Set the scene
You may want to hire furniture to create the look you desire. This is a great way to transform your home and give it extra appeal.
5: Fix it
From leaking taps to a broken bulb, make sure the minor repairs are taken care of. A lick of paint will freshen scuffs and scrapes in the woodwork. Basic maintenance work will help to ensure buyers don’t find any faults.
6: Freshen up
Get rid of smoke or pet odours. Open the windows, brew some fresh coffee, and brighten
the place up with fresh flowers.
7: Lighten up
Increase the sense of space with mirrors and lights and leave all internal doors open.
Always clean and tidy up after your pets and take them out of the property during open times.
Create warmth by preparing your home to suit the temperature of the day. If it’s cold, light fires, turn on patio heaters and heating. If it’s hot, turn on fans and cooling systems.