After finally saving up enough money to use as a down payment, I decided that it was time to hit the market. I met with a lender, got pre-approved for a loan, and then started visiting different properties. However, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much about real estate as I would have hoped. I wanted to find a great neighborhood and know what to ask the professionals, but I could tell that I needed a little help. To point me in the right direction, I started working with a great real estate agent who was familiar with the area. This blog is all about educating the general public on real estate matters.
Selling your home is a life-changing and stressful event. When it comes time for planning the open house, things can get even more chaotic. You want to make sure that your open house is a successful one that your guests will remember. To do this, there are a few things that you need to do to your home and that you should consider doing at the open house that will attract potential buyers, including the following.
1. Make Sure to Clear the Clutter
First and foremost, you need to remove any personal items of yours. Anything that makes your home feel special to you needs to be taken out of the home, as guests that come to the open house may not share the same sentiment as you. After all, you are having an open house to sell the home and to have others envision themselves in the home, not to showcase your son's basketball trophy or your unique wall art.
2. Have a Raffle
To help get interested buyers into your home, consider having a raffle for prizes at your open house. After all, most people who are out looking for a home to buy have a home to sell, so they are going to be interested in certain prizes, such as a free housecleaning, a free HVAC tune-up, and so forth. Other prizes can include a restaurant gift card, a retail-store gift card, or anything else of your choosing. This is just a way of drawing attention to your open house.
3. Promote a Charity
Another great way to draw attention to your open house is to donate money to a good cause for each person that comes by. You can even say that you will donate a certain amount to the charity chosen by the individual who buys the home once the purchase is finalized. Also, while you should never ask for donations at your own open house, that doesn't mean that you can't ask for e-mail addresses from the attendees so that you can send out an e-mail to inform them of the amount that was raised and donated to your chosen cause.
This all may sound overwhelming, and that's okay. But, remember, an open house is not something that you have to do on your own. If you need help staging your home and setting up a successful open house, don't hesitate to reach out to a real-estate agent in your area.Share