By Danielle Harling
Hosting an open house can be both an exciting and stressful feat. In order to eliminate some of that stress, focus on putting on the best open house possible. From a deep cleaning to a Pinterest-worthy food and drink spread, these six tips will help you accomplish just that.
Have the Home Professionally Decorated
While most people may be inclined to believe that their home decorating skills are on par with the best of the best, some things are just better off left to the professionals. Why risk scaring away potential buyers with your questionable home decorating skills, when you can recruit the help of an interior designer for a few hours? Thankfully, most interior designers are able to work with what you already have, so there's no need to spend added money on new pieces.
Promote On Social Media
Promoting your open house to your Facebook friends is a great way to spread the word via digital word of mouth. You can also use social media to reach out to those who are in the market for a new home.
Provide An Inviting Array Of Food & Drinks
While wine and cheese are still worthy options for an open house, incorporating a handful of creative culinary options can prove worthwhile. Instead of merely red or white wine, opt for a seasonal sangria or a refreshing wine spritzer. A kitchen island topped with small bites like smoked salmon-topped cucumbers or prosciutto-wrapped fruit will have potential homebuyers eager to put in their bids.
Craft A Creative Open House Sign
To bring in even more potential homebuyers, and to also ensure that those already planning to attend your open house are easily able to spot your home, create a crafty open house sign. Bright, though not obnoxious, colors usually do the trick. If you're feeling extra crafty, create an open house, yard sign by using painted, wooden letters
Call in A Cleaning Crew
When hosting your open house, a spotless home is an absolute must. Dust bunnies or a scattering of once-hidden crumbs can easily turn off a potential homebuyer. Given that we're so accustomed to cleaning our own homes, the nooks and crannies are sometimes easily overlooked. By calling a professional cleaning team, you can feel confident that it will be squeaky clean by the time your open house guests arrive.
As the host of an open house, be prepared to be bombarded with a variety of questions about your home. While you may not be able to answer every single question, it would be great to be as knowledgeable as possible on the ins and outs of your home. Also, be sure to have contact information on hand in case you aren't able to speak with attendees directly.
Good luck and have a wonderful open house!