When open houses are done right, they can be a key component in the sale of your home.Hosting a successful open house can produce private showings or in certain situations create enough interest to start a bidding war!With these essential tips we’re sure you’ll pull off a stellar open house.
1. Create a Killer Marketing Plan with Your J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. Agent!
In the Wichita and surrounding markets, open houses are typically scheduled on Sundays and open from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. In our Hutchinson market homes are open at two different times on Sundays, 12:30 to 2:00 and 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Your J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. agent will schedule your open house in MLS once you settle on a date.This will automatically feed to Weigand.com, REALTOR.com, Zillow, Trulia and a handful of other top real estate sites.
Ask your licensed REALTOR® to run a digital ad on Facebook and Instagram.Then go to our J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. Facebook page and share your open house post. The Friday before your home is schedule to be open your J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. agent can put out open house signs (some home owner’s associations prevent open house signs). Create open house flies that highlight your home’s best features!
Don’t be afraid to try old school methods of open house post cards.You never know where your buyer might come from!
2. Declutter and Depersonalize
Too much clutter lying around can cost you a buyer.The idea is to create a space that buyers can envisions themselves living.People have a hard time visualizing a house as their own with excessive personal objects and clutter blocking that vision.
Remember to keep your home clean and tidy while it’s on the market and especially during an open house when several groups of people could be touring it.The last thing you want is a potential buyer tripping over piles of clutter while viewing your listing.
3. Remove Prescription Medication & Valuables
While it’s unlikely and the vast majority of open houses occur without incident, we highly suggest that you remove and/or lock up prescription medications and valuables not only during an open house, but throughout the entire time your home is on the market.
4. Show Off the Best Features
Does your house have an amazing fireplace? In-home surround sound? Or a peaceful outdoor living space?Make share you have your home’s best features on display during your open house.
Straighten up the living room and turn on the fireplace.Turn on the surround sound during an open house and showoff the built-in feature many buyers would love to have.
Does your master suite open to a private patio?Weather permitting, leave the patio doors open and the curtains pulled aside.It’s important not to forget about outside bonuses just because they may be hidden.Highlight every feature that make your home unique and stand out from the crowd!
5. Deodorize Before Your Open House
Avoid cooking fish, meat or vegetables in the home days before your open house.These smells often linger, and there is nothing worse than a buyer walking into a home and being hit with the strong aroma of Friday night’s dinner.
6. Agent Follow Up
Ask your J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. agent for open house feedback.This allows you an opportunity to receive feedback from actual buyers in the market.Constructive feedback helps promote a successful sale and allows you to make adjustments in the marketing plan of your home.
Considering selling your home? Contact a J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.agent to provide a free home valuation. Once an agent has toured your home, they will also be able to provide you with a more customized list of what may need to be completed before your home is list ready!
For more information about listing your home call 316-292-3991 or visit Weigand.com.