Tips for running a house showing event
Running an open house event is a fantastic way to get lots of people seeing your property in a short amount of time. Selling a house can be stressful and it can take up a lot of time. An open house will allow you to make the process a little easier and can be a great way to sell your house quickly.
As with any event, you should be aware of health and safety. If your property needs renovating or is in a state of disrepair then be sure to block off any hazards. You may also want signs to warn people of any dangers, which you can find on mysafetysign.
Keep it informal
Open houses should be informal. You may want to greet people at the door and offer them a drink to make them feel at ease. Other than this, you may want to let them walk around on their own or give them a tour. But keep it relaxed, as some people might just be looking to get an idea of what’s around.
Leave your pet somewhere else
As much as you love your furry friend, some people don’t like dogs or cats. You might want to consider leaving them with a friend while you have an open house.
Keep your house clean and well equipped
A clean house can make a big impact on the viewers' first impressions. Also, consider if you smoke in the house or have a dog. You may not be able to smell these things, but other people can, and it could be a deal-breaker. A deep clean may be necessary. Some viewers may want to open every cupboard and check out every little space.
You may also want to consider leaving your furniture in the house whilst you’re showcasing the property, to give people an idea of what it could look like. Viewers need to feel inspired, so if people can see themselves living somewhere, they may be more likely to put in an offer. Other key factors are leaving the house at a nice temperature and making it nice and light.
Let your neighbors know
Be sure to tell your neighbors that you plan on doing an open house and warn them about the extra cars. If you have noisy or messy neighbors, it could also be important for you to ask them to be respectful of your event.
Before a house viewing event make sure your home is inviting, warm, clean and bright. Prepare for people to want to see every bit of your property and make sure that they do not want to leave.
If your property needs some work doing, then do what you can, and be open with people before they arrive so that they know what to expect.
You may want to get help from some friends and family so you have different people to show viewers around, or you can book people into time slots. Whatever you choose, your letting agent should be able to help you.