Tips for Holding an Open House

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Hosting an open house means inviting complete strangers to look all around your home, opening closets and making judgments—sometimes out loud. It can be a trying, uncomfortable process, but it’s necessary to sell your home. Here are tips for holding an open house with a minimum of stress.

Be prepared emotionally

Selling your home can be emotional. If you understand this and come to terms with it up front, the open house process will be easier.

Depersonalize your home

Putting many of your personal items away is the first step toward detaching emotionally from your home, and it’s a necessary step. Take down family photos. Start seeing your home as an object. Consider it a product for sale.

Why? Because buyers don’t want to feel like they’re walking into someone else’s home. They want to be able to picture themselves living in your home, and the more you can do to make that possible, the better.

Sellers who do best with open houses often move out of the home and/or do some serious staging. That way, they can emotionally detach from the house and remove their presence, so buyers can more easily imagine themselves living there.

Think about security

If you still live in the home, take stock of your possessions with an eye toward safety and security. You hope for genuine and trustworthy shoppers—but you never know.

Remove from view any small and expensive items. Store jewelry, watches and cash deep in closets, or better yet, in a safe or bank lock box. Shoppers at open homes like to take a close look at everything—which can even more opening drawers.

Plan ahead and be certain you’re ready to sell before your first open house. Because once you open the doors, the buyers will come, and there’s no turning back.

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