When you’re selling your home, you want as many people as possible to see it in person. What can you do to prepare your home for an open house?
Sure, pictures and video are fantastic for attracting buyers, but there’s nothing quite as beneficial as getting those people in the door so they can walk around and really experience what your home has to offer. And that’s where Open Houses come in!
We welcome in the public to see your home, usually for a couple hours on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. They can browse, they can wander, and they can get a feel for the property. Yes, sometimes the nosey neighbours will come out to snoop – this is true.
But it is sometimes worth it to also let prospective buyers who are just getting started in their purchasing process to pop by and have a look! So what can you do to prepare?
A Little Preparation Goes A Long Way
First and foremost: clean your house. Pick up your clothes, whether it’s clean or dirty (but especially dirty).
Buy a duster ($1 at the Dollarama). Use that duster. Everywhere. Wash your windows – all of them. Sweep then mop your floor (please, in that order. Nobody wants soggy dustballs in the corner – gross).
And scrape the old pizza cheese and burnt crumbs from the bottom of your oven. Yes, potential buyers check. In fact, they check everywhere. I can guarantee you a clean house sells faster than a filthy one. Why? Because if you’re willing to openly show how dirty you will leave a house for others to see, people will start to wonder how you’ve kept up general maintenance and probably run for the hills as fast as they can.
Not to mention it’s extremely distracting to see a pair of worn underwear laying on the bathroom floor. Yes – I’ve seen this many times!
I get it – you’re probably saying “I’m so busy and don’t have time to do all that!” So what’s the solution? If you’re not able to clean your house in preparation for an open house or viewing – hire a company that can.
There are many reputable companies that can clean your home for anywhere between $60-100 depending on the size of your home. For those who need more than just a Molly Maid, try personal organizers or storage lockers to help weed out whats making your house look like an episode on hoarders. It will be the best money spent. I promise!
Some other things to consider before the open house:
– Put away paperwork on your desks & kitchen counters. You don’t need the public knowing about your personal business.
– Clear off the clutter from tabletops, countertops and dressers. Remote controls, bottles of dishsoap, magazines, etc. can all be tucked away to make for “cleaner lines” in your home.
– Flush the toilets. I’ve been to showings where the sellers didn’t do this. Enough said.
– Other things to consider: polishing your door handles or cleaning the lint out of your dryer.
Potential buyers look in closets, in cabinets, and I’ve even seen someone pull out a couch to see if the homeowner swept underneath. Her statement was “you can tell a lot about a person from what’s underneath their couch.” Point taken.
My point is that there is some preparation involved when getting a home ready for the market. One huge cleanup and then regular maintenance will showcase your home the way it should be.
Clean – and ready for someone else to move in.
For more information regarding Brantford and Brant County’s Real Estate market, please contact one of our REALTORS® on our contact page. We would love to be apart of your next real estate transaction, whether you’re looking to buy or sell!