Be Ready To Showcase Your Home With An Open House

The idea of an open house event is to get as many eyes on your property in a short period of time as possible. You and your home need to be ready, though, so that you can get the best possible outcome from an open house — preferably several offers to choose from. Read on for some tips on getting things ready.

Present a Sparkling Home

In addition to the usual vacuuming and dusting, consider focusing your attention on what your potential buyers are looking more closely at. Namely, be sure your kitchen is spotless and your bathrooms shine. To let in the maximum amount of sunlight, clean the windows inside and out. Turn your attention to the outdoor areas that you know will be under scrutiny also, and that might include your porches, patios, decks, and other outdoor living spaces. You will also want to do what needs to be done seasonally, such as have the lawn mowed or snow removed as needed.

Declutter Things a Bit

Many homeowners get so accustomed to their homes that they forget how much stuff they have. For some insight before the open house, do a walk-through and see things from the viewpoint of a buyer. If you are like most, your home could do with fewer things to detract from the home's features. Also, a less-cluttered home looks more spacious and airy. Don't worry about your home looking cold and unwelcoming — most buyers would rather picture themselves in your home than see your bowling trophies and knick-knacks. After all, you will need to start packing your things at some point, so why not start now?

Watch Out For Hidden Issues

Don't forget about your closets, pantry, garage, and cabinets. You might think buyers won't take a peek, but they may very well do so. Be aware also of the signs you have pets. Not all buyers love animals the way you might, so remove food bowls, litter boxes, and toys for the time being.

Have a Broker Preview

Many real estate agents recommend sellers have a special open house just for other professionals. This type of showing allows your agent to get an idea of what buyers are looking for and issues that need to be addressed and gives agents an opportunity to scope out desirable properties for their clients. For example, feedback from other agents could help you know what buyers are looking for and what to expect when you have the open house.

For more tips on how to set up an open house or how to sell your house, reach out to a local real estate agent.