Etiquette and GoalsHosting an open house means being available but not shadowing people as they walk about. It might also require the jettison of some things. Your goal is to really make the house look open and welcoming and very clean. So, start with decluttering, then move onto depersonalizing, and finish up with disinfecting.
Few buyers want to buy a house sight unseen. Holding an open house is a great way to get many potential buyers through the door and show off your polished, picture perfect home. But first you must make sure your home is ready to be seen. Buyers need to envision how they’ll use the available space, and that means staging your home so that it looks inviting but not too lived-in. —National Association of RealtorsEach step is key to open house success. If there’s any clutter, potential buyers will object. Too many personal items send a signal you’re not sincere or serious. And, if not super clean, people will think you don’t take good care of the house. If that’s the impression, they’ll also wonder what else you don’t do.
Open House Readiness in EnglewoodOpen house readiness or prep is serious but not burdensome business. If done right, it will greatly add to its overall appeal and generate more buyer interest. Here are some of the best open house readiness prep tips you can use:
- 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.
- Depersonalize. Don’t make the mistake of turning off buyers by trying to sell them your life. They simply aren’t interested. Instead, depersonalize the whole house and make it into a model home. Let them see it in an un-personalized way and you’ll benefit.
- Disinfect and deep clean. Next, take the time to disinfect and deep clean. Not just the kitchen and the bathrooms, either. Give the treatment to every room inside the home.
- 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.