An Open House is a great opportunity to see a home without having to make an appointment. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, it’s important to do everything you can to make the most of it. Here are a few things that both sides can do to get the most value out of an Open House.
- Clean up. As with every showing, your home should be in the best possible condition during the Open House. This is the time for prospective buyers to see how they feel in your home, and they will be turned off by odors, messes, stains, and trash.
- Let there be light. Having the correct lighting during showings and Open Houses can make a big impact on your home sale. Lighting is an easy way to make a room appear larger, highlight special aspects of your home, and set the mood for various rooms. Open your blinds, turn on the lights, and make sure that your home glows when guests arrive.
- Remove your valuables. While it’d be nice to think that no one would ever mess with your belongings, an Open House is open to everyone. Unfortunately, sometimes people with bad intentions do come through, so make sure you remove anything you’d be devastated to find missing.
- Come prepared. Bring a camera and a notepad, and take notes and photos as you walk through the house. What are some features you like? What don’t you like? If you make notes during or immediately after your visit, you’ll be able to remember the positives and negatives of the home easier than if you try to commit them to memory.
- Ask questions. The agent hosting the Open House knows things about the home that might not be easy to see. Ask them when the home was built and if any recent upgrades have been made. They’re an expert on the property, so have them tell you about it.
- Check for problems. Look for stains that indicate that there are leaks or other damage. The seller will most likely try to make their home look as good as possible, but keep an eye out for anything that looks like it could be a problem down the road.
Sellers, you might end up with a lot looky-loos at your Open House, but make sure that your home looks it’s best in case the right buyer does walk through the door.
Buyers, you won’t be the only people walking through the Open House that day, so come prepared so that you can make an offer quickly if you need to.
Open Houses can be beneficial whether you’re a buyer or a seller as long as you’re in the right mindset and you’re prepared. Best of luck!