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  • The Open House

     

    An open house is an excellent way to get your home sold fast.  Many home sellers have successfully sold their homes by taking just one weekend and opening up their house to prospective buyers.  There’s a very good chance that a friend, relative, or neighbor of yours knows someone who is looking for a house.  By advertising your open house, it gives buyers a chance to come by and see what you are offering.

    The first thing for you to do is choose a date and time for your open house.  Weekends are the best time because most people are off work.  Saturday afternoon or Sunday are the best times.  Check the community calendar of events to make sure that there are no conflicting events with the date you choose for your open house.

    Here are some tips for a successful open house:

    To make your home look spacious bring as much light into the home as possible.  You can do this by opening the blinds and curtains and turning on all the lights.  Pay close attention to entrance light in your foyer, dining room and living room.

    Allow buyers to envision themselves in the home.  If you have too much of your own personal effects in your home, this will be difficult.  Remove family photographs from the walls and tabletops.  Not only will the sparse decoration enable the buyer to imagine living in the home, it will also create the illusion of a larger space.

    Create a welcoming aroma in your home.  You can do this by baking cookies or bread or by boiling cinnamon sticks.  Put bowls filled will potpourri in the bathrooms and bedrooms so the aroma will be present in every room in the house.  Fresh towels and soap in bathrooms will give off a fresh scent.  If you have pets, put them away and clean their areas.  People who are allergic or afraid of pets may be turned off to the home because of the presence of pets.

    Have as few distractions as possible during your house.  Arrange for your children to visit a neighbor or friend so you can give your full attention to showing the home.  Do not turn on the television as this can also distract buyers from the showing.  Never apologize for anything in the home during the open house.

    Before the start of the house, you should gather a few essentials.  Prepare a guest book in which buyers can write their contact information.  You can use this guest book to keep notes of the buyers that show interest so you can contact them later on.

    Blank sales contracts are necessary because someone might want to buy your home during the open house.  You can purchase real estate sales contracts from a major office supply store like Office Depot or Office Max.

    Finally, prepare a flyer that buyers can take with them.  Include a photo of the home, facts about the home, the listing price, and your contact information.  If you have a web page advertising your home, be sure to include the web address.

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