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Open House Checklist

filed under: Real Estate posted on November 26th, 2018

Cincinnati Open House ChecklistThe Open House Day Checklist For Sellers.

Once you decide to sell your home, there’s a lot of planning that needs to happen. One of the best ways to keep your home in the mind of potential buyers is to stage an open house. It’s a great way to get to know who’s looking to buy, and an opportunity to stage your home to attract positive attention.

The right open house can mean the difference between getting your asking price, and having your home empty on the market for weeks, or even months. Follow our tips to make the most of your open house day.

Make Time For Your Serious Repairs and Deep Cleans

This should be a no-brainer, but your home should be spotless on the day of the open house. Make time for any repairs, no matter how small, long before the day. If you haven’t been living in the home, make time to air out the place, so that it doesn’t smell musty.

You may also want to look into pest repellent, especially if your home has been uninhabited for a while. The best option for pest control that leaves no residue or smell are sonic. Take a look around to find the best electronic pest control devices you can leave in your home so your potential buyers won’t stumble on any unwanted guests.

Think About Your Dates

When you’re thinking about your open house, think before you schedule, about the type of neighborhood you are in and the type of buyer you’re looking for. If, for example, you live in a quieter community, and the home is cozy enough for a retired couple, you might opt for a weekday, when active young professionals are less likely to buy, but a retired couple looking for a new start in a quiet neighborhood might be more interested.

If your neighborhood is more on the urban, art scene of the area, you might find it easier to attract buyers who aren’t into the 9 to 5 grind if you book a weeknight. Obviously, the dates need to work for you, and the realtors. But if you put some consideration into your perfect prospective buyer, you’re more likely to attract exactly who would be most interested in your home.

Think About Your Staging

Staging is important for your open house. You want something that feels neutral enough that prospective buyers can see themselves living in your home, but not so neutral that it feels cold or impersonal. Remove family photos and mementos. Keep walls painted in safe, neutral tones.

And remember, the yard is part of your home, and it can be a huge draw for buyers. So make sure the garden is clear of weeds, the lawn is trimmed, and look into doing some landscaping if you need to, to up your curb appeal. Don’t forget to do a final walk-through on the day, to put down toilet seats, close drawers, and keep the house smelling sweet with air fresheners or candles!

Make Your Home Welcoming

On the day of your open house, you’ll want your home to feel welcoming, and open. You should arrive early, to help set everything up. Make sure there’s enough parking for the potential buyers. You may want to prepare food and drink for the guests, as well as any paperwork, business cards and brochures you have.

It’s also a good idea to have a guestbook out. It’ll give you the opportunity to respond to any feedback about the open house or the home you’re selling, without cutting in on your mingling time, when the pressure is on. It’s also a good way to keep track of interested buyers. It’s the little touches that matter, so do what you can to make your home as warm and inviting as possible on the day of the open house.

Your open house is a great tool for selling your home. With the right staging and some careful attention to detail, you can show potential buyers the home of their dreams, and secure exactly the offer you’re looking for!

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