Best Ways to Prepare for an Open HouseFor those new to hosting an open house, it’s important to understand how much first impressions matter. For instance, did you know people form an impression of a house in just 7 to 10 seconds of seeing it? That’s not a lot of time to make a positive impression and what’s more is buyers lack imagination. That’s not a personal knock, it’s a statistic — just 1 out of 10 people can imagine a room other than they see it.
It’s a never-ending debate that has become more heated in recent years. Do open houses provide any real value as buyers spend more of their house hunting time online? Some practitioners dismiss the open house, saying it’s an outdated custom that’s carried on mainly to placate home sellers. Other real estate pros remain devoted to the method. Their track records show that open houses can, and often do, get the property sold. —Realtor MagazineSo, they’ll need help by making it into something people generally find pleasing. Reducing clutter and arranging furniture is going to be the single most important step you can take. After all, it’s a great way to minimize moving stress when you sell. Neutralizing odors, deep cleaning and disinfecting every surface is equally as important. Here are some of the best ways to prepare for an open house to get it in showable condition:
- Declutter decisively. This ought to be a no-holds-barred, outright declutter with gusto. You need to reduce what’s stored in the closets, cabinets, and other storage areas down to about 30 percent of the space. This will give storage areas a sense of more space with plenty of functionality. Get the junk hauled away, right away.
- Remove personal items. Selling a home is all about decluttering, disinfecting, and depersonalizing. There should be know family photos, trophies, banners, toiletries, or any other personal effects in plain sight. Box it all up so it does not show. Remember, buyers are interested in purchasing a home, not your life.
- Make necessary repairs. Those holes in the wall where you took down a portrait, the broken electrical outlet plate, and the weatherstripping hanging from the bottom of the door. You’ve ignored them for long enough. It’s time to make any and all necessary repairs because buyers will notice everything that’s wrong.
- Improve the curb appeal. Remember the stat people form an impression of a property in only 7 to 10 seconds? Well, the curb appeal will be their first encounter, so make it count. Fresh mulch, colorful flowers, short cut grass, and a clean exterior will do the trick nicely.
- Don’t linger around the house. Once you have your house in showable condition, it’s a good idea to let buyers roam free. Don’t hover or follow people around the house. But, do make yourself available to answer questions.