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Open House Etiquette for Sellers

An open home brings potential buyers literally to your door, giving them the chance to connect with the property and imagine themselves as the owners – hopefully inspiring them to make an offer.

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You only get one chance to make a first impression. At Arena Property Agents, our main priority is to help you to get the best price for your property in the least amount of time. An open home brings potential buyers literally to your door, giving them the chance to connect with the property and imagine themselves as the owners – hopefully inspiring them to make an offer. 

Your Arena property agent is highly experienced and will guide you and your potential buyers through the process, but the steps you take to present your home can have a lasting impact. Here are some simple things you can do to make your property memorable long after the open home viewing. 

 

Cleaning Up

Potential buyers have seen beautiful photos taken by your agent, and now you want to capture that same feel as they walk in. You can instantly tell when a property has been properly cleaned with care and attention to detail.

Begin a walk-through of your property with pen and paper (or smartphone) in hand. Starting from the street, try to see your property with new eyes – what are the little details that stand out to you? It’s all about that overall neat and tidy image, so viewers aren’t distracted by small flaws and can focus on what your house has to offer. 

Pay particular attention to the front of the house and the entranceway, as they help to create a beautiful first impression for your buyers. If you are struggling for time, consider hiring a cleaner to help out. The small additional expenditure can have your house gleaming, really making the most of its features. 

On the day, do your final walk-through before handing over to the agent, making sure you have covered the little details like empty bins and toilet seats down. It’s a small but very important way to help give your house the “wow factor”, so your buyers see it at its best.

 

Create a neutral space

Buyers want to imagine themselves owning the home as they look around – which is a difficult task with someone else’s family portraits on every wall. 

Depersonalising the house creates a neutral space so buyers can let their imaginations run wild, and also helps to protect your precious possessions. Consider putting your personalised belongings into storage for the duration of the open home, and keep your decorations neutral. 

But neutral doesn’t have to mean boring. Lots of light is particularly important to help your home feel open and spacious. Open curtains and blinds, doors, and windows for a fresh, airy feel that makes the most of the space you have. If it’s feeling too bland, greenery is always a good option. 

Don’t forget practical considerations, like removing any obstructions to buyers freely walking around, moving your cars well off the street so parking is easily accessible, and making sure areas like your pantry and closets are presentable if someone chooses to have a closer look at the storage space.

 

Don’t Show Up

It might be tempting to stay for the open home to see what’s happening, or to drop by to check on progress. There are a couple of good reasons why you should trust your real estate agent to handle the process alone. 

Firstly, viewers are less comfortable talking freely about your property in front of you, which means you could lose valuable insight into what’s going through a viewer’s head when they’re looking through your home. 

Also, the aspects you love about your home might not be the best features to highlight when it comes time to sell. That’s where you can rely on the experience and skill of your Arena property agent. They’ll know what to emphasise in order to make your home appear in the best possible light.

 

Trust Your Agent

Arena property agents are experts in their field, and they are your best asset when it comes to selling your home. With extensive training and experience, our agents have seen it all – and they know how to make your home as appealing as possible, so you have the best chance of a quick sale at the highest possible price. 

Always happy to advise, our aim is to involve our sellers to make them part of the process, so you’re never kept in the dark. We know that holding an open home can be a stressful time, so we’re here to give you advice and guidance on how to present your property at its best. 

 

Come in and talk to one of our agents today and see how we can help you get your property sold quickly, efficiently – and at the best price.

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