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open house

We all know the basics of cleaning, organizing and completing the small fix-ups around the house There can be a lot of minor details that go into staging a successful open house. However, there are a few fundamental items you should not forget about when you are prepping your home for an open house for potential buyers.

Choose The Right Time
If you happen to be selling your home in the busy season, it’s important to set your open house at a time that gives potential buyers room to breathe. While weekends are a popular time for open houses, you may want to choose a day or time that is a little different from other homes in your area. This means visitors to your home will be able to take their time and really see the details that make your home distinct and worth a better look.

The Exterior Speaks Volumesopen house1
With so much cleaning and so many small maintenance duties, it can be easy to forget about the first thing that guests will see when they show up at your doorstep, the exterior. However, this will provide the initial impression so you’ll want to ensure that it’s a positive one. Before organizing your open house, make sure the lawn is cleared and cut, the hedges are trimmed and your doorway is well maintained.

Make The Marketing Countopen house2
If you’ve primed your home for your open house, it’s important to ensure your marketing efforts are up to snuff and will get people through the door. While your real estate agent should feature your home and some professional photos on their website, you should also consider handing out flyers to your neighbors and advertising on social media to reach anyone who might be interested.

Engage all the Sensesopen house3
A house that smells and sounds good in addition to looking good, can actually work wonders in swinging a buyer in the direction of your home. While having a clean, clutter-free place is ideal, you may want to consider baking beforehand and even have a little lite music on. This will give potential buyers a relaxed feeling and feel right at home.

There are a lot of little tricks that go into a successful open house and it’s important to utilize all of them to get the best results. If you’re putting your home on the market, you may want to contact a local real estate professional for more information.

If you are thinking of selling your home or possibly buying a new home contact me Marianne Hatton, Brand Name Real Estate, Columbia’s real estate expert, at 803-413-9986.
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