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Eight Tips To Holding A Successful Open House

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By : Hubert Miles    99 or more times read
Holding an open house is one of the most effective sales tools available to sell your home. Open houses allow you the opportunity to get buyers interested in the home. These buyers can browse through the home and ask you questions while on site. Open houses allow you the opportunity to let your home shine like a star. There are a few keys to holding a successful open house event.

1. Location - Probably the number one factor that make open houses successful is the one thing you have no control over. Homes located in undesirable neighborhoods or in rural areas do not work well with open houses. It is hard to get enough prospective buyers together to make the event a success. Successful events need a steady stream of foot traffic to peak interest and to create a buzz about the property around town. Great areas for open houses are highly desirable neighborhoods in cities, towns and suburbs with lots of buyer traffic.

2. Repairs - Make any needed repairs before the open house is scheduled to take place. Make sure the items are fixed right initially. Don't just cover them up with paint hoping that your buyers won't find them. The home inspector will likely find them during the home inspection, so just do it right the first time and make a good impression on the buyer.

3. Inside Should Be Clean - Give the home a thorough cleaning. Clean the floors, wipe off all door knobs and light switch covers to remove fingerprints or dirty hand prints, and dust the furniture and ceiling fans. It is also a good idea to wash the curtains, clean the blinds and wash the windows. Make sure the bathrooms are spotless. Consider hiring a stager to help decorate and replace the old furniture with new furniture.

4. Clean Outside - Make sure the outside of the home is clean. Make sure the entry way is free of hornets and wasps nets and spider webs. Add a splash of color with some potted flowers. Get the grass mowed the day before the open house and add some new mulch to the plant beds.

5. Print Some Flyers - Print up some flyers with your contact information, all the details about the house and neighborhood such as school districts, parks, etc. Include about 5 to 10 pictures of the home on the flyers.

6. Hot Food - People love hot food. Have some warm fresh cookies, cake or brownies made. They create a warm environment and make the home smell nice. Other good option is to grill some hot dogs or hamburgers outside under a tent in the front yard.

7. Sign in - Don't forget to get the buyers contact information. Pass out sign in cards for follow up phone calls and thank you cards. Provide door prizes to get the contact information.

8. Advertise - Hand out flyers to all the neighbors about the event, put out signs at major intersections, and run ads in the local paper.

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