The world of real estate is very competitive. You have a chance to make an impression and it is usually a first impression. Sellers often underestimate the importance of preparing a home for an open house, and that can lower their chances of finding a buyer. Here are five common open house mistakes you should avoid.
MUSIC: Leaving the TV on or a stereo on to dull out white noise may make sense, however, this is an opportunity to offend a potential buyer. You never know who will walk through that door and they may be turned off by certain music types. The best advice is to leave it silent so they can experience the home in their own way opening up their imagination.
CLUTTER: This may seem obvious, but clutter is a huge no-no when showing a home. Showing messy and unkept homes to potential buyers is by far the biggest mistake many sellers make when holding an open house. This is a sign that you may not have taken care of the property and it also restricts the buyer from imagining their furniture or items in the house because they are so focused on all the clutter.
KIDS & PETS: No matter how cute your children are, even the furry ones – they should not be at an open house. Ever! Logistically they make things difficult because you have to keep them separate from the viewers of the home. This means blocking off areas of the house, a real no-no in an open house. They also behave unpredictably. The last thing you want is your beloved pet leaving his mark on the floor right in front of the guests. You want the seller to focus on your house and these are distractions.
SMELLS: There is nothing more inviting than walking into a home that smells like fresh baked cookies or pressed linens. Smell is a sense many people forget when showing a home and its so easy to satisfy this part. If you are a smoker or have pets there are extra precautions that will be necessary to make sure you don’t turn buyers away.
POOR CURB APPEAL: Many home sellers pay little attention to the outside of their houses, especially during the winter. But potential buyers look at your home’s exterior with very critical eyes. The roof is one of the main places buyers will look and then the rest of the home. Make sure your landscaping looks clean and fresh. Mow the lawn, plant some shrubs and rinse the patio doorway.