It’s a tough market. Many sellers go the extra mile to show buyers that they will get the best bang out of their buck. Professional home staging and effective advertising are the most common investments often used, but efforts shouldn’t stop there.
There are some things that you should be aware of before your open house. These are common open house mistakes that can dash home sellers hopes for a successful showing.
Below are 8 open house mistakes that you should avoid:
#1 Unprofessional agent on duty
Having a professional agent by your side is something you shouldn’t take for granted. Make sure that your agent and his team are doing what they are supposed to do. He/ She shouldn’t be busier texting than answering questions that potentials buyers might raise.
“Nothing scares off buyers faster than getting cornered by a desperate seller”, says Elizabeth Weintraub, a realtor with Lyon Estate in Sacramento, California.
It’s true. Put yourself in their shoes and imagine how you feel if a seller just won’t get out of your way. It is good to give buyers specific property information but you should also let them look through the house themselves.
#3 Absence of marketing materials
Running out of copies is not an excuse. Every buyer who walks through your door must take home an info packet. If not, you won’t be remembered. Your chance of getting shortlisted is minimal.
Music is rather distracting than pleasing. Your visitors might think that you may be covering up terrible road noise or neighbour noise.
#5 Strong or unpleasant odors
In reality, you only got one opportunity to make a first impression and if that first impression is an overwhelming smell, you will ruin it. The day before the open house, try not to use bleach or any cleaning agent that has a strong smell. Tone down on the air fresheners as well as it may raise questions about what you are hiding.
#6 Leaving jewellery and other valuables unattended
Remember that many people, practically strangers, will go in and out of your house and you don’t want to tempt their honesty. You don’t want to poison the deal when something precious goes missing and everybody’s a suspect.
# 7 Setting the wrong temperature
Temperature might seem a little insignificant but it isn’t. It will keep your guests comfortable while taking a tour. The rule is pretty simple. Your house should be warm but not hot in the winter and cool but not cold in the summer months.
#8 Pets on the loose
Litter boxes are the number one turn-offs for buyers. Letting your pets loose during your open house can cost you a sale. Best to keep your pets away while your open house is on-going.
Remember that there is no such thing as second impression. You’ve only got one chance so don’t blow it.