When you work with a Realtor to sell your home, you will want to discuss a variety of marketing strategies. One of these marketing tools is the Open House. There are pros and cons to having an open house. The biggest benefit of holding your home open is that you can potentially attract buyers that are new to looking or just don’t know that they are looking yet. On the other hand, you are opening your home to buyers that might not be qualified as well as passersby. During the current pandemic, you are also opening your home to the potential of Covid-19 contamination. Rest assured that Realtors are taking every precaution to mitigate this possibility. We are limiting the number of people in the house at any one time, providing disposable gloves, foot coverings, taking contact information, and asking questions/health screening. We also bring disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. In the past, I would typically offer Starbucks coffee, cookies, and other treats to entice potential buyers…not at this time though. If you decide you would like to have an open house. Here is what to expect from an open house in Boulder.
How to Prepare Your Home for an Open House
If you decide to have an open house and are still living in the home. You should not be in your home during the open house. Leave the showing, marketing of your home, and negotiations to your trusted real estate agent. There are, however, some things you can do ahead of time so that your home is prepared for an open house.
You want to make a great first impression when potential buyers see your home! Make sure your home is clean and decluttered! Decluttering will make your home look more spacious and will help potential buyers see what your home has to offer. It is likely that potential buyers will be opening up closets and cabinets. I highly recommend cleaning these out and organizing them. While you are at it, remove all prescription drugs, firearms, valuables, small electronics, and sensitive documents (I provide my clients with a list of things to remove prior to holding an open house).
Preparing Your Home
You will obviously want your home to be clean and smelling nice before you have potential buyers coming over. Baking some bread or cookies right before or some seasonal scented candles can be a nice touch. Be careful to avoid cloying or strong fragrances that people might think are “masking” something unpleasant! Instead of masking odors, eliminate them. There are companies that specialize in this problem or you might consider having your carpets cleaned. Remove the litter box as well as pet food, water bowls, pet toys, and beds before your open house. You will also need to find a place for pets to go while the open house is taking place.
You want potential buyers to be comfortable visiting your home so set the temperature to a comfortable level. If you have an indoor fireplace, you may want to turn this on, especially during cooler fall or winter days. It might also be darker outside, especially if the weather isn’t great. So make sure all of your lights work and are on so your home feels inviting and open all of your window treatments. Purchase a new welcome mat and clean the area around the front door. This will not only provide a welcoming entrance but a welcome mat will keep dirt from being tracked into your home. Finally, add some tasteful seasonal decor or fresh flowers.
What To Expect From An Open House In Boulder & How Many People Can I Expect to See My Home?
Your real estate agent will probably schedule an open house or two the weekend after your home is listed for sale. The listing agent or another Coldwell Banker agent will host the open house. The number of visitors to your open house can vary dramatically. There are ways to increase the turn out for your open house. Your Realtor can advertise the open house on the local MLS which will most often register it onto other websites like Zillow and Realtor.com. Social media invitations, networking to local agents as well as the strategic placement of the open house. Directional signs all help to increase traffic to the open house.
The success of open houses is also dependent on the market, inventory levels, the quality of the home, the price range, and the curiosity of the general public. Currently, we are in a seller’s market and there is very little inventory. This means there are a lot of people that want to see the home and this may generate more offers. In general, open houses don’t guarantee anything, but they are one more tool to help market your home.
What To Expect From An Open House In Boulder & Open House Feedback
Your listing agent will not only request feedback from the scheduled showings. Will also request feedback from the visitors of your open house. This will give you valuable input on how your home is perceived by potential buyers. If you find that the comments are consistent, then you may need to address these issues quickly. For example, if you receive multiple comments about a room that is painted too dark. It would be prudent to quickly repaint the room painted a lighter, more neutral color.
It is important for your listing agent to share the feedback unfiltered, for transparency. In my opinion, it is better to read the candid comments as opposed to having them sugar-coated. If you have overwhelmingly positive responses then you know that you are well-positioned in the market. The best feedback, of course, is an offer! I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a real estate agent you can trust. Who will guide you through this process.
How Can I Help?
Have any further questions or concerns about knowing what to expect from an open house in Boulder or selling your home? Please reach out to me! While we are all wanting things to go back to “normal”. I want my clients to know I am here for them. I am still keeping social distancing guidelines in check when it comes to showings for my listed properties. As well as taking the utmost care when showing my buyer’s homes. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out and contact me! I will continue to provide my clients with interesting and up-to-date information so they can make informed decisions. If you are planning on buying or selling a home in the near future and you think that my expertise and positive attitude might be of service to you don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me!
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Luxury Home Specialist & New Home Specialist
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
(303) 916 5859