When you list your Wellesley home for sale, one of the best things you can do is work with an agent who can help you host open houses and find a buyer. While your agent will do most of the heavy lifting when you have open houses, there are still some things you can do to make them more effective so you can sell your home faster.
Advertise Your Open House, Even Among Friends
Your agent will take care of listing and advertising your home and promoting your open house, but you can help by spreading the word that you are selling. Telling your family, friends and coworkers that you are looking for a buyer can help you sell your home faster. You may not know that someone you know is looking for a home, and you never know who has a friend who is in the market.
Make it Easy to Find Your Home
When you hold an open house, make it easy for people to find your house by posting signs, banners and flags. You can start posting signs a few blocks from your house and then make your home stand out by adding signage to the yard. This is also a great way to grab the attention of people who are passing by, who might stop to see your house.
Mow the Lawn and Pull Weeds
The outside of your home should be attractive and inviting when you show it. Start by mowing the lawn, trimming shrubs and weeding your garden. But, don’t forget the front porch! Arrange some potted plants, sweep the steps, put down a rug and make your home look inviting.
The most attractive homes are clean and in good repair, so spend an afternoon or a weekend making sure your floors, windows and appliances are clean. Also take some time to make small repairs that have been neglected. Repairing loose doorknobs, replacing chipped tiles and painting over dents in your walls will make your home more attractive to buyers.
Create a Neutral, but Inviting Environment
When you hold an open house, your goal is to help potential buyers envision living there. One way you can help people picture their own décor and furniture in your home is to use neutral colors. Use white or beige for the walls and use simple, tasteful decorations that don’t distract from the features of your home. You can also stage your home by setting the table, putting out fresh flowers and clearing away clutter.
Let Your Real Estate Agent do the Work
On the day of the open house, let your real estate agent do the work. Step out so she can show your home to potential buyers, answer questions and hopefully, make a sale. Leaving the home means less work for you, and it is also better for buyers who will feel more comfortable looking carefully at your home and asking questions.
For more ways you can make your open house a success, visit the Christine Norcross & Partners website. To list your home for sale in the Wellesley real estate market, contact Christine Norcross at 781-929-4994.