So, you’ve decided to sell your own home. You’ve cleaned every inch, touched up paint, spruced up your landscaping, and de-cluttered everywhere so that your house now looks like a model home. Now it’s time to start scheduling some Open Houses, so everyone else can see how great your home looks. Here are the 5 most important things you can do when getting ready for an Open House:
By choosing fsboTECH, you will get a FREE listing on the MLS, which is the Realtor© owned and controlled website for houses for sale in your area. The MLS will push your listing out to dozens of other sites, including Realtor, Zillow, Redfin, Homes, Trulia, and many, many others. Be sure to get the Open House times into MLS (simply notify fsboTECH of the dates and times) and the other sites will get the same info. The internet is crucial to your selling process, so keep your listing up-to-date.
Put up Open House signs directing traffic to your house. Go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy a handful of these signs (they are about $3 each) and strategically place the signs with arrows pointing toward your house. You’d be surprised the number of people who cruise neighborhoods they like on the weekends, looking for an Open House.
Have some flyers printed up and left on a table for people to take with them. These need not be fancy, but they should have a nice picture of the best feature of your home, some basic information about your house and the neighborhood, and your asking price for the house. Spell out the unique features of your house, things they will want to use to compare to other homes when they start to get serious about buying.
Remove all pets for any Open House (or any showing, for that matter). While many will fall in love with your pooch, people often have a hard time visualizing themselves in a home with pets. While it may be fine for 9 of the 10 people who come to see your house to have your cat there with you, you will completely turn off that 10th person for a reason that has nothing to do with your lovely home. Put the dog in doggie day car, give the cat to a friend for the day. Remove all evidence of pets too (beds, bowls, toys, etc.)
Make your home inviting to guests. Leave the front door open or put a “Welcome, Please Come In” sign on the front door. Have every light in the entire house turned on, even if it’s daytime. Play some soft music in the background. Have your kids playing at a friend’s house or over with relatives for the day. Think about baking some yummy pumpkin bread, which will give your home a wonderful autumn smell! Cut up some small pieces of the pumpkin bread and invite your guests to sample it. It will taste and feel like home to them….exactly how you want them to feel.
Open Houses can truly help you find a buyer. Be positive and upbeat but don’t overwhelm people with information about the house, unless they ask for it. Do not talk incessantly about the beautiful and expensive updates you have done to the house….they should be obvious to the person touring your home. Be sure to have expensive items locked away so that you can let your guests roam a bit without feeling like you are stalking them in each room. Remember, you want them to feel at home, so let them meander around like it’s their house. Happy Selling!
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