How to use an open house to sell your home
Selling a home in Niagara-on-the-Lake or anywhere for that matter can be unpredictable. You need to advertise your real estate listing, and consider having one or more open houses to help sell the property. Here are five open house tips to promote and improve buyers’ offers.
Light in the home
Buyers love houses that are bright. Open the blinds and the curtains and hopefully the day of your open house the sun will make an appearance. If you have dark hardwood floors make sure the “swiffer” makes an appearance over the floors especially in the corners! Make your home just as attractive during an open house the same as if you are welcoming family in for the holidays—make people feel at home!.
Taking the pets out of the home
Take that puppy, kitten, dog, cat out of the home during an open house. They can be very distracting for buyers as all they will want to do is pet them. If you can, remove all evidence that you have a cute puppy etc.. Put away the pet bowls, toys and crates if possible. Remember not everyone loves pets and you want to keep the buyers focused on the home.
Advertise the neighborhood
Make a list of all the positives in your neighborhood and add them to your feature sheet. This will help buyers remember your home and separate your home from the others.
Please do not cook anything that may have extreme odours the morning of the open house that will linger in the home all day...if you can go out for breakfast and or lunch that day to keep the odours down. Use electric candles for ambience if you like, an actual lite candle is a fire hazard especially if children are entering the home.
Home Sellers please leave
As much as the home owner may want to be involved in the selling of their home it is imperative that they leave the premises. This way potential home buyers can speak freely of what they like and what they don’t like. Let the real estate agent do their job and report back to you after the open house.
In some cases Open Houses sell homes
Let your neighbours come and look around—you never know if they have family members or friends looking at moving to the area—they may be your best form of advertising. Buyers need to see a property live—the virtual tour and pictures on mls are great but nothing is more tangible then a walk through of the home live. Hopefully this will get the seller a solid offer!
-by Cheryl Carmichael, Niagara-on-the-Lake Realty, Sales Representative