When you’re selling your home, you want to make sure your open house gives off an amazing impression. If you’ve ever been to an open house, I’m sure you walked into a clean and organized home with some great furniture and decorations. The goal is to not have it empty or cluttered. You want a happy medium. When people walk around your home, you want them to see how the home looks with furniture in it, but you also want them to be able to focus their attention on the details of the actual house. You also don’t want to make it look as though you’re hiding anything, and too much furniture and decor can be distracting. You’re selling the home, not what’s inside.
There was one time when I hosted an open house and we baked cookies right before visitors came. This was a smart move. We had baked goods to offer to our guests, as well as the smell of fresh baked cookies.
Here are some more smart moves when it comes to setting up your open house:
1. Greet all guests at the door personally. The best thing to do is keep the door locked so that they have to ring the bell. This set up is less confusing than having people constantly walking in and out. It allows you to see who is coming in and allows you to give an introduction. They’ll also feel comfortable approaching you if they have any questions throughout the open house.
2. Have additional information placed in appropriate spots, for example, placing additional information packets on the coffee table or right next to the fresh baked cookies. Guests will naturally gravitate towards those areas and will learn more about the listing, such as school district information and community information.
3. Have signs and balloons. This is a friendly gesture and will get people’s attention.
4. When you stage the furniture and decor, avoid using your personal items. You wan’t your decor to appeal to everyone. If you don’t have great furniture and decor, look into a store like http://www.rugandhome.com/, one with a wide selection of decor with different styles. Find what goes best with your home.
5. Clean and new is key! Outdated tiles or grimy bathroom walls are an immediate turn off. These can usually be easy fixes. Cleaning and/or a fresh coat of paint over the tiles is the way to go.
6. If you have an outdated fireplace, clean it and use heat-resistant spray paint to give it a fresh look.
7. New kitchen appliances make the kitchen look newer! Investing in some is worth it.
I find these tips to be among the best, but there’s still so much more to learn.