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Preparing for an Open House

Dec 7, 2007
One step that many people take when it comes to trying to sell their home in Tampa is to host an open house. If you are working with a Tampa real estate agent to set up and host an open house, there are some tips that you will want to keep in mind when it comes to preparing for that open house. By following these pointers, you will be well on your way to hosting a successful open house and you will be one step closer towards selling your home.

First, you need to remember that even though you might not think that cleanliness is next to godliness, it certainly is important if you want to sell your home. Your absolutely must make certain that your house is immaculate from top to bottom. This includes eliminating unseemly odors. Nothing is more of a turn-off to a potential home buyer than entering into a house that is a mess. Typically, in such a situation, a potential buyer will assume (and perhaps rightly so) that if a person doesn't bother to keep the house clean, are they maintaining the house itself in a proper manner.

Second, along with cleaning your house to spotless condition, you also need to eliminate clutter. Why you may love your knick-knacks, the fact is that these items are not appreciated by all and can cause a potential buyer to actually think less of the property if they do not like your knick-knack sense.

Third, in regard to planning for an open house, you need to make certain that you select a good day for the event. In most instances the open house should be held on a weekend. Of course, you may want to avoid certain holiday weekends over which people are otherwise preoccupied.

Fourth, you need to keep in mind that your real estate agent can be invaluable in the planning and running of an open house. The typical real estate agent has a great deal of experience in preparing and planning for open houses and in pulling these events off.

Finally, you need to make certain that your planned open house properly is promoted. There are a number of ways to promote an open house. Your real estate agent will be able to come up with a detailed and comprehensive plan through which you can promote your open house and ensure a good attendance. Obviously, the more people that come to your open house, the better chance you have for a sale.

By following the tips, pointers and suggestions set forth for you here, you will plan and then host a wonderful open house. Seven though statistics show that a low number of home sales are concluded because a potential buyer attended an open house, it's still a marketing step that could lead to the sale of your home. The open house provides you with a perfect opportunity to showcase your home to a number of people who are interested in finding just the right residence for their own lives.
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Lance Mohr is your Tampa real estate expert, with over 10 years of experience and 15 years of investing. Please visit our Tampa Real Estate website and add our Tampa real estate blog to your favorites section of your browser.
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