As soon as you find a real estate agent and put your home on the market, you’re going to want to start preparing for the open house to come. Your realtor is going to want to have an open house for your home as soon as possible, especially if you’re looking to sell quickly. As a matter of fact, most homes are put in the listings on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday to ensure that they are able to take advantage of the weekend traffic. Most potential homeowners work during the week so they do their house hunting on the weekends.
As a homeowner, you might be unsure of the best way to go about preparing for an open house. In this article, you’ll find some tips from getting a home improvement loan to decluttering the home ahead of time to help you.
1. Check into the best home improvements.
Who doesn’t want to improve the interior decor of their homes? Most homeowners have done home improvements over the years, but there’s always room for more. A few of the things you can do to improve your home is painting the inside and outside of the house, addressing any cosmetic issues such as holes in the walls, and tackling that overgrown area on the property, or just generally improving on the yard itself.
For many homeowners, money can be an issue when it comes to getting ready for an open house. While you can check into a home equity loan to do these home improvements, you need to know the ins-and-outs of home improvement loans before you do. In some cases, a home equity loan will work, but in others, it could be best to just apply for a personal loan through a lender to get the job done.
A home equity line of credit can help you do the improvements needed to get ready for your open house, but you need to do your research carefully before deciding which route is best for you. It also helps to know your credit score before you apply for a home equity loan or a personal loan as that helps to determine your monthly payments and if indeed you do qualify, or even what type of loan you qualify for.
Once you have the right loan amount, then you can start working on upgrades and home renovations before the open house begins.
2. Declutter and Organize
While there are 6 steps to staging for an open house, decluttering and organizing should be one of your first tasks. Start with a small area such as the bathroom and get rid of anything that you don’t want, then organize the rest. The best way to declutter and organize your home before the open house is by separating everything into stacks.
One pile can be trash, others can be things you’re donating to charity, and the rest can be stuff that you put into storage until the home sells. This allows you to pick up your belongings from storage after you’ve moved into your new home and need them again. Decluttering and organizing will also help to sell your home faster on the day of the open house.
3. Be absent on the day of the open house.
On the day of the open house, it’s best if you aren’t there. It’s super easy to end up messing up everything you’ve worked so hard to arrange. If you have an agent, then there’s really no reason that you have to be present for your open house when the realtor is trained to handle it.
These are just a few of the best ways to prepare for the showing of your home through an open house. It’s best once you prepared the house to show, that you make plans to do something else that day and let your real estate agent handle the rest.