Selling your home quickly and at the right price comes down to a number of factors, not the least of which is the quality of your open house. A real estate agent can generally steer you in the right direction, but if you're the hands on type, you might just be asking yourself how to throw a good open house. The question is subjective, but there are some surefire ways to bomb them, here are three ways to totally fail at your open house.
It should go without saying that any major repairs should be fully completed before you start showing people the house you're trying to sell them. However, many homeowners get antsy when the job nears completion, and are tempted to say, "good enough". Resist that temptation. Potential buyers are looking closer than you think.
Come empty handed
Open house refreshments come as simple as wine and cheese, and as elaborate as a finger food buffet. There are no hard and fast rules, except one. Don't show up with nothing. The last impression you want your house to give a person is of hunger and boredom. Bringing food kills two birds with one stone
There are varying degrees of appropriateness concerning your hands on approach to selling your home. This is even more true if you have a real estate agent. Avoid stepping on their toes by making yourself available, but not invasive. Potential buyers may touch things and this is actually okay. They should be comfortable in your house if you want the best price you can get.
Follow our advice, and your open house will go off without a hitch.