Americans love open houses, whether they go to check out their dream home, or simply dream about a dream home. And now, a nationwide open house weekend on April 28-29 will allow more Americans to fantasize (because that is one thing America doesn't do enough of), reports The Boston Globe.
But while it is easy for the potential consumer to get to an open house and rub his or her hands and eyes all over the prospective homes, getting a home ready for an open house is not the easiest task, reports FindLaw.
Holding an open house is a great way to increase your home’s exposure as well as a good way to reach out to buyers who might not otherwise find your house. Regardless of whether you have a real estate agent or are selling the house yourself, here are four tips for getting your house ready for its star turn.
1. Repair and Clean Your House
If you have any repairs that need to finished, get them finished before holding an open house. Explaining to potential buyers that you plan on getting it fixed isn’t good enough.
2. Prepare Your Property Fact Sheet
The whole point of holding an open house is to let buyers see your home and to let them know more about it. Consequently, you should prepare a property fact sheet that lays out essential facts about the house (square footage, number of rooms, speical amenities, etc).
3. Prepare a List of Potential Buyer Questions and Your Answers
One of the keys to a successful open house is anticipating potential questions that buyers may have. Spend some time writing down potential questions you might have, and then ask friends and family about what they might want to know. Compile your list and prepare a set of answers to study before the open house. These questions could include:
- How far is it to the nearest stores, school, and major roadways?
- Has the house had any major repairs, and if so, when?
- Why are you moving out?
- What’s the neighborhood like?
4. Inform Your Neighbors that You’re Holding an Open House
Even though you’re moving out, be courteous to your neighbors. After all, potential buyers may talk to your neighbors. Let them know you will be holding an open house, so that they don’t wonder why there are so many cars parked and people walking around. This will also give helpful neighbors a heads up to not mow the lawn during that time or to remove garbage cans before then (although it’s not recommended that you ask them to do or not do things for you directly).
If you follow these steps you should be able to pull off a successful open house and maybe even help someone fulfill their dream of a fantasy home (or is it the other way around?).