Selling your home and working on your first open house? We’ve created a list of things to do when you’re getting ready for your house showings.
Keep reading to learn about the best things you can do to make sure you have a successful open house.
Spread the Word
The success of your open house will largely depend on how many potential buyers walk through the door. Make sure to get the word out there that you’re selling your home and are hosting an open house. Take to social media and ask your friends and family to share your post. Utilize yard and sidewalk signs in the neighborhood and post a “for sale” sign in your yard so people can quickly identify your home. You might even want to pay a local realtor to highlight your home on a local Multiple Listing Service. Or you can post your home on an online real estate marketplace like Zillow. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to do it ahead of time so that homebuyers can add visiting your home to their weekend plans.
Clean and Stage the House
It’s essential to get rid of unnecessary clutter and give the home a nice, deep clean. Whether you hire a cleaning service or do it yourself, cleaning is an essential part of getting your home ready for your first open house. Also, make sure that storage spaces are clean and organized, as homebuyers often have storage space at the top of their home buying wish list.
Staging your home is also an essential step because it allows your guests to visualize what it would be like to live there and what size furniture they would need to purchase for the home. You can learn to DIY your home staging, or you can hire a professional staging company for the best results. Either way, don’t neglect this part of getting ready for your open house.
The Property Description Sheet
When your guests start to show up, you might not have the time to walk them through all the specs on your house. So it’s best to have a description sheet ready for each guest to grab on the way in. Things that you should include on your description sheet are:
- Asking price
- Total property acreage and home square footage
- Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
- Special features (fireplace, recreation rooms, finished backyard, etc.)
- Any recent updates
- Exterior and interior photos
These are just a few features that we suggest adding to your property description sheet. Get creative with other information that you could add to make others interested in living there.
Make the House Feel Like a Home
When a homebuyer walks in the door, you want them to feel welcome, so welcome that they can envision themselves living there. Rather than just staging the home, take the extra step to make your house feel like a home. Consider baking or buying easy-to-eat, non-messy treats for your guests to help themselves to. Bonus points for buying treats from a local bakery that’s so good they just might have to buy your house to be close to it! Other things you can do to make your house feel welcoming can include:
- Ambient music in the background
- Let your buyers explore your home by themselves
- Decorate your home based on the time of year it is
- Showing off your functional outdoor living space
- Light a candle or two for a pleasant scent that carries throughout the house
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If hosting your first open house sounds expensive and stressful, you’re not wrong. Instead of selling your house the traditional way, consider selling your home to Clear Water Investing for a full cash offer. We’re in the business of buying Greenville County, South Carolina, homes for cash so you can have an easy-going and flexible sale. We’ll even pay any additional fees, plus you get to choose the closing date! Contact us today to get your no-obligation cash offer!