The open house is your chance to show buyers everything the home has to offer. Prior to the open house there are some things you should have in place to create an atmosphere that allows the buyer to picture himself living in the home.
Make sure the sellers have cleaned the house before you even consider having an open house. A thorough cleaning, similar to what would be done for spring-cleaning, should be completed prior to the date of the open house. Have the sellers remove all clutter that will make the home feel small and far from cozy to prospective buyers. If necessary, hire a professional real estate agent to stage the home to make it more appealing.
Real Estate Agent Tips for an Open House
During the open house, you want to play on all five of the buyer’s senses. One sense that many real estate agents forget about is the sense of smell. Vanilla fragrance is one scent that is enjoyed by most everyone, especially women, who are the primarily the decision makers in purchasing a home. Burn a scented candle or bake cookies so the scent can drift through the house.
Playing soothing music during the open house makes the home feel relaxing. It will give prospective buyers the feeling that they will be able to relax in the home should they purchase it.
Allow as much natural light as possible to come inside the house. Open the blinds and curtains to allow the outside light to shine through. Make sure to turn on lights inside the house as this adds to the lighting of the home. A well-lit house creates the atmosphere of a happy home.