When your Realtor plans to do an open house, there are a few things that you can do to help make the day a success. And, it doesn’t have to cost half your equity in unnecessary upgrades and renovations.
Here are a few often-overlooked ideas that range from free to a few hundred dollars that can help you net more from your investment.
Look at the outside
Curb appeal. It’s a term often tossed around but not necessarily understood by home sellers. Your curb appeal is simply how inviting your home looks from the outside. Curb appeal includes everything from the color uniformity of your grass to neatly trimmed shrubs and clean shutters. Make your home a showplace by mowing a day or two before your open house, filling holes or fixing damage caused by dogs or children, and pulling weeds. Curb appeal isn’t just about your lawn. You can also add a new mailbox and outdoor lighting and give your front door a new coat of paint.
Keep it clean
You will never clean your house well enough to make it look like no one’s been there. But when you’re ready to host an open house, that’s exactly the kind of clean you need. Your eyes (and nose) are acclimated to your environment—your buyers’ senses are not. Before your open house, hire a housecleaning service to get the nooks and crannies you’ll undoubtedly overlook.
Light is right
Ideally, your home will be well lit with natural light, which doesn’t alter colors and produces a sense of openness. But, if you don’t have large windows or if your open house will take place in late afternoon when the sun has already set, you’ll need to take special care or to get your interior lighting just right. Lighting is a powerful interior design element, and your home’s ambient light should illuminate as large a space as possible to enhance visibility and safety. Choose a bulb that puts your home’s colors in their (pardon the pun) best light. You can find multiple options at your local hardware store for about $5 per bulb.
Just go already
Now that you’ve got the lighting, lawn, and look just right, your main priority is to vacate the premises. According to Bank Rate, sellers should never stay on-site during an open house. It will make buyers uncomfortable and may give you an inflated sense of your home’s actual value. Don’t forget to grab the dog on your way out the door, as your pup’s presence is also an undesirable distraction.
While no one thing on this list guarantees your house will be sold by the end of the day, they are all great ways to shift the focus to the positive aspects of your home. Inviting curb appeal and white-glove treatment can go a long way toward bolstering your home-selling efforts.
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