Simple Tips for Hosting a Successful Open House

When selling a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, there are many ways to get your home noticed: online advertisement, sharing the listing on social media, listing the property in newsletters and newspapers, and putting a "For Sale" sign in the yard are just a few ways. But what about getting people to actually visit your home? Well, hosting an open house is the perfect solution to make that happen! The Fran Campbell Team wants to share with you some simple tips for making the most of your open house.

Prepare a Property Description Sheet

Having property information easily available in the form of a flyer can really help to peak interest and offer buyers answers to questions they may have pertaining to your home. This is an easy way to share all kinds of information with potential buyers. And since the property description covers all the essential information one would need to know about your property, you don't have to worry about forgetting a key piece of information - it's right there at your fingertips.

Clean and Stage Your Home

Since you're likely to have several people walking through your home with an interest in purchasing, you want your home looking it's absolute best! Buyers will be looking at everything, from your kitchen, to the bathrooms, to the available closet and storage space. That means you need to do a deep clean, and hit all the spots you would normally look over. This is the perfect time to clean out those closets and get rid of or pack up what you're not currently using to declutter. Then stage your furnishings so that you're showing off the maximum space your home has to offer.

Put Away the Personal Items

When buyers are walking through your home, it can be easy for them to become distracted by your personal belongings and lose interest in the benefits your home could offer them. For the open house, take down your personal family photos, remove any knick knacks and memorabilia that could be distracting, and hide away personal items such as expensive jewelry and medications. Not only will this help buyers see the potential of your home, but it will also protect your personal items and personal information from being compromised.

Get the Word Out

It's time to let people know about your open house, so spread the word! Make sure your neighbors know that you'll be hosting an open house, and invite them to stop by. While they may not have a current interest in buying your home, it could open the door for conversations with their friends and family who may have an interest in the neighborhood. Share your open house invite on social media and even put a notice in the newspaper if you want! The more publicity your open house gets, the more potential you'll have for getting visits from serious buyers!

Offer Incentives & Refreshments

This may sound cliche, and free appetizers won't sell a listing on their own, but offering tasty treats at your open house encourages buyers to linger longer and creates a positive atmosphere. You should be able to spend your day talking to visitors and answering questions about the house, not tending to the food. So, choose finger foods that visitors can easily serve themselves. Smaller-size plates and napkins send the signal that you’re not serving a meal. It also helps control portion sizes so guests don't monopolize what you’ve prepared. And remember, an open house is an opportunity to showcase your home to potential buyers, not a party - so no alcohol!

With these simple tips for hosting a successful open house, you'll be well on your way to drawing in those potential buyers and hopefully receiving several great offers to choose from! When you work with the Fran Campbell Team, we'll gladly help you host an open house to get your home noticed. With our extensive experience selling homes, we're your go-to real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks for your buying and selling needs. Contact us today to get your home listed for sale!

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