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Sellers: 4 Tips for Hosting an Open House

If you’ve sold a home before then you already know how important it is to prepare for open house. For most people, the thought of showing their home off to strangers is out of the question. But for sellers, this is where negotiations take place and deals are informally agreed upon.
There’s no denying that hosting an open house is can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. It requires you to go over your home with a fine-tooth comb and make sure that it looks as good as it did the day it was sold for the first time. Still, a brilliantly executed open house is great to have when it comes time to talk about price.

But what goes into a good open house? Here are some fail-proof tips that we recommend that will help you connect with potential buyers while showcasing your home in the best possible way.

  1. Find an agent that’s flexible

    You’ll find that agents have different opinions regarding open houses. Some think that it’s an essential part of selling a home, while others may think that it’s a complete waste of time. If you’re dead set on having one, this is something you’d want to ask agents when conducting your initial interviews.

    You’ll also want to make sure that you go with an agent that has a flexible schedule and is able to answer questions and meet with potential buyers at an optimal time. Hosting an open house in the middle of a weekday is hardly going to get as much results as doing it over the weekend.

  2. Declutter your house

    You might think that having fancy furniture in your sitting room will go a long way to selling your house, but more often than not, that’s not the case at all. You’ll actually do better removing some of the furniture in every room and decluttering a bit in the days leading up to your open house. This will help make your rooms look bigger than they are, which is a definite selling point with most buyers.

  3. Take out everything that’s not included

    As you’re decluttering, it’ll be a good idea to actually remove anything from the house that you’re not including with the home. That means appliances, furniture, and even that giant bookshelf sitting in your study. The last thing that you want to do is give potential buyers the wrong impression only to disappoint them later down the line.

  4. Find someone to leave your pets with

    Just because you’re an animal lover doesn’t mean that everyone who comes to check out your home wants to deal with your dog or cat. And for some people, moving in a house with pets could be an absolute deal breaker. Just play it safe and send them away for the day.

If you’re ready to place your house on the market and would like assistance prepping and selling your home, give Mary, Melissa, or Carl a call at 623-606-9354. White Tank Properties is happy to assist you with any buying and selling of property around the Phoenix area.