Tips to help you host a successful open house
Make your home presentable, spotless from top to bottom. Please see our Home Selling Tips for suggestions.
Advertise online (today newspapers are a waste of money). Write descriptive ad and place them in web classified or open house directories.
Map Your Open House Signs, find the busiest intersection closest to your home and put an open house sign at that corner.
Attach strings of balloons to each open house sign.
The arrows should point buyers in the right direction.
Place a sign every few blocks until you end up at your house.
Remove all vehicles from the driveway. Ask your neighbors to help out by not parking in front of your house.
Open all the drapes, blinds and window coverings, turn on all the lights.
Light some scented candles, preferably spices like cinnamon or vanilla, serve refreshments, snacks or freshly baked cookies.
Turn on soft music on each floor to help set a mood.
Create a bulletin board of seasonal house photographs so buyers can see what the home would look like at another time of the year. This is especially helpful to showcase gardens during the winter.
Be upbeat, cheery and greet each buyer who enters the home. Find out what the buyers are looking for and, if possible, show them why your home fits those requirements without being too pushy.
Have a mortgage calculator handy for negotiations!
Ask each buyer what they thought of your home and would they consider buying it.
Agents and sellers are hesitant to ask for a buyer’s opinion, so have a Feedback form ready – available after you list your home – next to your flyers and ask every visitor to fill one out. It’s the only way you’re going to get a direct and honest feedback. They might decide to sit at the kitchen table and write an offer. It happens more often than you would think!