Open homes - five top tips for sell­ers

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

Con­sumer tips Pro­vided by REIQ

IT’S time for your first open home. You’ve spruced up the place and ev­ery­thing is look­ing the best it has in years.

Fresh paint, neatly trimmed gar­dens and sparkling clean win­dows and floors all mean one thing – time to wel­come the buy­ers!

Here are a few tips that will help you get the best re­sults from your open home.

1. Don’t at­tend your own open home:

This is awk­ward for ev­ery­one – for the peo­ple look­ing at your home, who won’t feel com­fort­able ask­ing po­ten­tially in­va­sive ques­tions, and for your agent, who doesn’t want to up­set or of­fend with hon­est an­swers to po­ten­tial buy­ers. Leave the premises and let ev­ery­one re­lax and get on with it. If you’re con­cerned about theft or break­ages, talk this over with your agent who will be able to ad­vise you on the se­cu­rity mea­sures they can im­ple­ment and help you think about any insurance is­sues. And of course, re­move any valu­ables and frag­ile or­na­ments, wher­ever pos­si­ble.

2. Take the pets with you:

Not ev­ery­one is a pet per­son. Peo­ple can be afraid of the most un­usual things, in­clud­ing some­thing as harm­less as an ax­olotl! The fur ba­bies are best re­moved from the premises to en­sure a has­sle-free visit from strangers who are look­ing to buy your home.

3. Move your car:

Keep the drive­way clear for the many vis­i­tors you want to come to your home.

4. Be pa­tient:

Of course you want the feed­back asap, like, im­me­di­ately the mo­ment the last vis­i­tor leaves your home. After all, this is a huge trans­ac­tion and there is a lot at stake. Be aware that your agent is keen to pro­vide you with a com­pre­hen­sive re­port, with care­fully pre­pared feed­back from ev­ery­one who at­tended the open home. Give them an op­por­tu­nity to present you with their best work.

5. Lis­ten to the pro­fes­sion­als:

There’s a rea­son that you’re not sell­ing your home your­self – you’re not an ex­pert. When you choose an agent to help you sell your home, you need to choose some­one you can trust, and then trust them! When they of­fer ad­vice and tips fol­low­ing an open home, lis­ten to that ad­vice. They know the mar­ket, they’ve talked to the buy­ers and they have ex­pe­ri­ence in this area. Let them help you and heed their tips.

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