How to Prepare for a Perfect Open House

Posted by Tarvin Realtors on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at 8:31am.

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Open houses are one of the most effective selling tools for homeowners. Although you may have invested in great real estate photos or a video promoting your property, nothing beats seeing it in person. This is where an open house comes in. Potential buyers get the chance to tour your home and find out if they are truly interested in making an offer.

With open houses, first impressions are vital, so it’s important to get things right from the beginning. Here are a few tips and tricks to prepare your home for a perfect open house:

Keep the Scents Neutral

Many people will try to make their home seem more welcoming by lighting scented candles or using perfume sprays. What you need to remember is that what is appealing to you may not necessarily be appealing to others. Especially when it comes to scent, it’s important to keep things neutral. An over-perfumed home may send the wrong messages or cause potential homebuyers to feel nauseated if they have allergies to perfumes. You want to make sure your home appeals to as many people as possible with clean, fresh air.

Clean the Closets

It goes without saying that your home should be clean or staged for the open house. This includes the closet. Nothing is worse for a potential homebuyer to check the size of a closet only to experience a tsunami of belongings as they open the closet door.

Remove Personal Décor

Real estate agents have mixed feelings about this tip. Some believe that removing personal photos, mementos, diplomas, and other personal décor is best, while others feel that it adds to the open house. If your home is filled with personal mementos, we may recommend toning it down a bit and only keeping the basics out in the open for buyers to see. Ultimately, you want the buyer to envision his or her own personal items on the walls, not be bombarded by your life.

Offer Treats

Everyone welcomes free food. The main point of an open house is to get the buyer to stay inside the home for as long as possible, that way, they get more time to visualize their future in the space. Offering free food may seem gimmicky, but if it’s done tastefully, it can come across as very genuine and welcoming. You don’t need to prepare a seven-course meal for the guests, simply putting out some cheese and crackers or nut-free baked goods is a good way to give a great impression.

Don’t Forget About Curb Appeal

While you’re worrying about what the inside of your home looks like before the open house, you may neglect some outside chores. The first impression buyers get from your home is once they pull up to the property and ring the doorbell. Make sure the outside of your home matches the inside by weeding your flower beds, cutting the grass, shoveling snow, and removing any garbage that is waiting to be collected.

For more tips and tricks on how to pull off the perfect open house, talk to the experts at Tarvin Realtors. Call (201) 444-0690 for real estate advice and services in Ridgewood, NJ today.

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