Online listings and brochure previews can really help sell a property. However, open houses can do wonders at bringing in offers. Because of this, it is very important that you take certain measures to ensure that your open house is a success. There are certain things that can make or break your open house. Here are a few things that will turn yours into a complete failure, so you will want to make certain that you avoid them at all costs:
1. Focusing Only on Smells
This is something that many homeowners tend to fall prey to. The thing here is that you may find a certain scent appealing, but it doesn't meant that the potential buyers that come into your home will find the same scent attractive. Plus, they could find the aroma overwhelming and assume that you are trying to cover something up, such as mildew or rot. Instead, simply focus on cleaning your home thoroughly.
2. Excessive Hovering Over Potential Buyers
Many people get turned off when they go to buy a car and the salesperson hovers over them the entire time. The same can be said at an open house, so make sure to allow prospective buyers to explore the home. If they have questions, they'll ask. At the very least, wait to go up to them until they've had plenty of time to go through the entire house. After all, they aren't going to have questions when they first walk in the door.
3. Pets and All of Their Smells
Your and your family may be extremely close with your adorable little pup or kitty, but the rest of the world isn't. And while you may love him, it doesn't mean that everyone else is going to. In fact, some people are allergic to cats and/or dogs. Therefore, it is crucial that you ensure pets and everything to do with your pets are out of the house on the day that you plan to have your open house. Any trace of your pet should be removed, including toys and litter boxes. Pay special attention to dander, pet stains, etc.
If you need help setting up your open house or you would simply like additional advice on what to do and what not to do, don't hesitate to reach out to a real estate agent in your local area. Remember, your open house can help bring in offers for your home, so you need to make sure that you do everything right.