Home Selling: 4 Things You Should Never Do at an Open House
by Dan Wolf
on Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 4:48pm.
Hosting an open house might seem like a fun part of home selling, but it’s not a social event for the seller as much as a chance for your Realtor to find you the best buyer. An ideal buyer offers full asking price or above with few if any concessions. Although they have the best intentions, some sellers make mistakes that negatively impact a possible sale. As a seller, there are things you can do to get ready for an open house. The worst mistake a seller can make is just leaving their home open for anyone to walk in without a Realtor present. Your Realtor can help you with the marketing and details for an open house to show off the best features of your Anchorage, Alaskan home. You can also help by tidying up and deep cleaning.
• Let buyers see you moving boxes
Even though most people will assume you are in the process of moving, don’t leave out moving boxes or evidence of the transition. Experts say buyers will sense seller desperation if they know they are moving out soon. People intuitively know it’s difficult to pay for two mortgages at the same time. Also, moving boxes and the clutter that comes with it won’t show your home at its best potential.
• Overpower the home with scents
Real estate professionals often advise their clients to burn scented candles or spray the home with perfume before an open house. Others recommend baking up a storm so the kitchen smells like pumpkin pie or chocolate chip cookies. The best smell is actually no smell at all. Your goal is to neutralize odors. Many buyers are allergic to certain perfumes or scents. You don’t want people sneezing and coughing as they tour your Anchorage home.
• Linger around to chat up buyers
Try to leave your home 10 to 15 minutes before guests arrive for the real estate open house. If you linger around, you might inadvertently show your cards so buyers know you would take less money for your home or need to move to another state right away for a job. Also, you don’t want buyers to misinterpret things you might say. Your Realtor, who is ethical, honest, knows how to sell.
• Leave your pet or child at home
Even if your pet is a harmless rabbit, don’t leave it behind for an open house. In addition to the smells, pets often leave behind droppings that you should pick up before you leave. If possible have your pet stay with a relative during the home selling process. If you have young children who make a mess, you might plan on getting up early to clean up after the children and leave in plenty of time for the open house.
At Wolf Real Estate, we help sellers in Anchorage Alaska show and market their homes. For more tips on getting ready for an open house, please contact us 907-248-9653 or visit us online at www.anchoragehomesearch.com.