It probably feels like you already know everything is there to know about hosting an open house. But there are reasons why some agents continually sell houses using open houses and others can’t seem to get an offer at an open house no matter what they do. You should be always updating your open house skills and adapting your methods to meet the demand from today’s buyers, who are a little more savvy about real estate than buyers in the past thanks to HGTV and the Internet. Today’s buyers aren’t going to be bowled over by a pie baking or other techniques that make houses more appealing. So, if you’re looking for ways to improve your open house skills and make every open house a smashing success here are some secrets from the top-selling agents that you can use to make your open houses a success:
Let It Shine
One of the best things that you can do to show off a home is getting the windows professionally cleaned before the open house. You would be amazed at how much grime, pollen, and dirt sticks to those windows. Getting the windows cleaned will make the house seem much brighter, larger, and more appealing because the clean windows will let natural sunlight flood into the home. Professional window cleaning doesn’t cost a lot and it’s an expense that is well worth it.
Home buyers know about using baking pies or cookies to make a home smell more appealing and evoke the nostalgia of childhood memories. So, a great way to avoid that cliché but still make the home smell fantastic to buyers is to place fresh flowers in each room. Fresh flowers are unobtrusive but add a lot of color, texture, and scent to the air. Fresh flowers don’t cost much so you can put some in every room in the home without breaking your budget. Also, add some plants in the kitchen and bedrooms to clean the air and make the room feel more comfortable for potential buyers.
Get Rid of The Clutter
If you want a home to appeal to potential buyers it should feel open and airy. That’s not going to happen when there are four bookcases and a suite of heavy dark furniture in the living room or a huge dining table jammed into the breakfast nook. Clean out all the clutter, put away papers and other things that are lying around in piles. Put excess furniture in storage so that it’s not in the way and not cluttering up the garage. The best way to get buyers to fall in love with a house is to make it as airy, large, and open as possible.
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