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As a seller you are an integral part of a successful open house. Here are five tips that can help you sell your home without even being present during the open house!

Tip 1. Hire the Right Agent!

This cannot be stressed enough. The right real estate agent isn’t just someone who can sell your home the fastest but someone that understands your motivations and at the end of the day, puts your best interests before their paycheck. You want to align yourself with an agent that not only brings you top dollar for your home and is easy to communicate with but one who is sincere and diligent in the way they conduct their business. After all, a home is the biggest purchase most of us will make in our lifetimes. Having the right agent in your corner can make a world of difference.  

Tip 2. Home Inspections

Start by inspecting your home with the agent or a qualified home inspector to help determine what needs to be repaired or replaced. Making these improvements will help both the property value, as well as the presentation when staging your home for the open house. Address any obvious issues before moving on to Tip #3.

Tip 3. Appraisal

Next, work with the agent or a professional appraiser to determine a fair market value for your home. Your agent should conduct a thorough market study of comparable sales highlighting recently sold homes in the area that are similar to yours. This will give you a good indication for how to price your home competitively in order to avoid the headache of a drawn out sale with potential future price adjustments!

Tip 4. Hire a Skilled Photographer

The old adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” cannot be truer when it comes to listing your home for sale. Clear, bright photos work wonders to draw in potential buyers and capture their attention. You want to do all that you can to showcase the positive attributes of your home and what better way to do that than eye catching pictures.

Tip 5. Organize and Stage Your Home for the Open House

Start with getting rid of the clutter! Not only will this make your home feel more spacious but eliminating things you don’t use will help make moving easier. In open houses, people peek into every closet and like to open drawers. Make sure that whatever you have left in your home after de-cluttering is tidy and organized.

For about $2000 /month you can hire a professional home staging crew that will deck out your pad with choice pieces of furniture to make it look stylish and move-in ready. You want potential buyers to be able to picture themselves living in your home and having the right furnishings in place can help them easily visualize this.

Lastly, a few points that bear mentioning before holding the open house:

  • Set out vases of fresh-cut flowers. They’ll make your home smell nice and add a splash of color.
  • Let in the light! Buyers want a bright, open house, not a dark a dreary cave. Turn on all the lights and open all the curtains to let in natural light.
  • Adjust the temperature. Keep the home comfortable – not too cold or not to hot.
  • Finally, leave for the day! The last thing buyers want is a curious seller hovering in the back. You want to afford potential buyers the luxury of seeing your home freely and without any pressure. The more comfortable they feel to linger about, the better your chances are of making a sale!

Good luck!