Are you getting ready to sell your home? Has your agent mentioned having an open house? If not, you should jump on it. There are many benefits to having an open house, here are just a few:
1. It gets eyes on your home
A whole host of potential buyers can view your home if you have an open house. Potential buyers who would normally have been too lazy or unmotivated to set up a viewing may come across your home. Also, friends and family can invite people they know who are on the market for a new home to this event.
2. You can set the scene your way
It’s stressful to keep your home ready for a viewing at all times. Homes get messy, laundry piles up, the floor gets clutter, and waste baskets fill up. Traditional home viewings usually happen with very little notice, meaning the seller has to keep the home in top shape the whole time it’s on the market. Having an open house is much easier, this way you have time to prepare by cleaning, placing fresh flowers in the vessels and even baking cookies for your visitors.
3. You can lock in that interested buyer
Even the most interested buyer is unlikely to request a private showing of your home. If your home has caught the attention of a buyer online or driving by, they are much more likely to come back in a less formal setting like an open house. An open house also gives the potential buyer more time to look around at the place instead of feeling rushed. Also, they can bring friends or family along for a second opinion.
4. Buyers can compare and contrast
There is usually more than one open house on the weekends. Buyers can comparison shop by going by several open houses in one day. Now you know this, you can spruce your house up a bit, making your home stand out from the rest.
5. You choose the time
Having an open house means you can choose when you want to show it to people. Holding an open house has the potential of putting your home on the real estate map. Work with your agent to strategically plan your open house.