The aim of an open house is to attract prospective home buyers and investors to come into your house and have a first hand view of what they are interested to buy. Your aim and the aim of your real estate agent is to get the bust price for your house in the shortest possible time.
However, in an open house, presentation could play a big part in whether or not you achieve what you are aiming for, that is, getting the bust price for your house in the shorted possible time.
With that said, here are a few tips you should consider before you conduct an open house. You need to take care of these things so that you do not put them off, thwarting your chances of actually striking a good bargain:
2. Make Beds: In case you are in a habit of leaving home each morning for work without having made your beds, you are in trouble. Your agent may bring prospective buyers to your house and they may find beds not made. This is nothing major but it just gives a very negative impression. If you cannot make your beds in the morning, you can talk with your agent and ask him to avoid bringing in people before a particular time, or bring them only during weekends, the only time you make your bed!
3. Clean Closets: Make sure your closets and drawers are neatly arranged. It just gives an impression of order within the household. Cluttered closets symbolize chaos and give a wrong impression of your house to buyers.
4. Light: Make sure that you have your curtains drawn to let in enough natural light. Use natural light as far as possible. Artificial lighting can be used to enhance the interiors of your house, but just relying on artificial lighting gives a gloomy impression.
5. Leave Your House: Let the agents do the showing around. If someone has come to view your house that they might buy for a huge sum of money, they want to have a look at it well. In the presence of its current residents, viewers cannot frankly view the house well. They cannot open and inspect each cabinet.
6. Clean Yard: Make sure your yard is clean and tidy as well. As with beds and closets, this too plays a major role in forming a good impression. Even in the fall season, you should make some effort to minimize the amount of leaves piling up in front of your house. Likewise in winter, make sure to clean any snow that is lying on the ground in front of your house. Apart from just shoveling away the snow for clean presentation, you don't want to end up paying thousands in law suit if someone slip and got hurt during the open house.
7. Be Accessible: You may have a very erratic schedule, but you must make sure that you are available for prospective buyers whenever they have to make a phone call to you to ask you things about your house. This is one way in which you can ensure your house gets sold quickly. Untraceable owners lose many prospective buyers and investors by being inaccessible. Keep your agent or realtor abreast of the kind of schedule you follow.
8. Dogs and Pets: If you have strange fascination for weird pets, or even for something as harmless as a dog, make sure you send him for a walk. People who come to your open house may not be very impressed by your animal. On the contrary, if they do not like animals, they may feel uncomfortable, and be unable to inspect your house well.
9. Smell: Make sure your house does not stink under any circumstances. It is a major put off! Get your carpets cleaned, if possible, and put up air fresheners.
10. Check Regularly: Last but not least, you must inspect your own house to see everything is in place, especially the items mentioned in the tips above. Do a regular check up, may be once a week. Arrange the closets, mow or sweep the yard. Make sure everything looks vibrant and happy. Never, however, give a false impression. Show your house just as it is, reflecting all the good times you have spent there.