While doing individual walkthroughs of your for-sale home can yield positive results, holding an open house is sure to pique buyer interest and spur their competitive spirit. To guarantee yours is a surefire success, let’s look at how to get your Santa Cruz home ready for a summertime open house.
Clean and Organize
In order to get your home looking its best for an open house, you have to start by deep cleaning absolutely everything.
Your home’s deep clean needs to include every square inch, including places that are easy to overlook, like closets and cabinets. Since your objective here is to get your house presentable for those eagle-eyed buyers, taking the time to declutter every bit is going to help you out. When it comes to selling a house, decluttering means slimming down the number of items you have stored in your home to make closets, basements, pantries, and all other storage areas feel highly organized and spacious.
Failing to declutter these storage spaces can lead to what was an interested party feeling that your home is too small and will not meet their needs.
Open all curtains and blinds to let in natural light, making your home feel more spacious and welcoming. Consider adding some extra lighting in darker areas to create a well-lit environment.
If your home has specific summer features like a pool, barbecue area, or outdoor shower, make sure they are clean, well-maintained, and visually appealing. Highlight these features to demonstrate the added value they bring.
Incorporate summery touches into your decor, such as colorful throw pillows, fresh flowers, or beach-themed accessories. This can create a cheerful and inviting atmosphere that complements the Santa Cruz lifestyle.
Finally, stage each room to showcase its purpose and potential. Arrange furniture to create inviting conversation areas and highlight the flow of the space. Use neutral colors and remove personal items to appeal to a broader range of buyers.
Remove You from the Equation
In the further pursuit of creating an inviting and peaceful home interior, the process of depersonalization has a place in prepping your home for its open house.
Depersonalization is a method of optimizing the home-viewing experience for anyone attending by removing your personal, high-value, and other items of sentimental value and putting them into separate, temporary storage. This gives you peace of mind knowing that buyers won’t have access to these belongings but it also removes the distraction of plentiful family photos making buyers feel like intruders in your own space.
Without these reminders of you around, it allows buyers have an easier time picturing how they could shape each room to their own wants and needs.
Increase Your Curb Appeal
For some homes, the element that is most lacking is ensuring a stellar first impression by making the exterior and landscaping impeccable. So don’t neglect to work on curb appeal when preparing for your Santa Cruz open house.
A clean and beautiful exterior invites potential buyers inside to take in the rest of the home and builds excitement. You can accomplish this easily by cleaning your home’s exterior with a pressure washer and a quality home exterior cleaner. While you have the pressure washer out, use it on any driveways and walkways as well. Keep the lawn mowed, trim back any overgrown hedges, and fill planters with fresh mulch for cost-effective solutions.
All of these things add up to turn your property into a picturesque scenario for the right buyer.
Do a Trial Run
With your property shining like new, it’s the perfect time to bring in an unbiased third party to scrutinize all of your hard work.
Doing a mock walkthrough of your prepared home is the perfect opportunity to catch any last-minute mistakes or overlooked details that could otherwise throw a wrench into other buyers’ plans to purchase your home.
If you have pets, a mock walkthrough also allows you a chance to practice your pet disguising abilities. Most homebuyers want to go through a home without ever noticing the presence of a pet, and it can be a complete deal breaker for others.
Market Your Property
After your property is all ready to go and the open house date is set, do your bit to let everybody know what’s going on.
Take your listing to your chosen social media platforms and create a post that links to the listing along with the news that you are having an open house. Feel free to ask family and friends to share your post to enable even more people to see your listing.
The more people who are informed, the better turnout your open house is going to have.
Consider offering refreshing drinks or light snacks during the open house. This gesture adds a hospitable touch and can make potential buyers feel more at ease while exploring your home.
Help Getting Your Santa Cruz Home Ready for a Summer Open House
If you’re looking to host a summer open house in Santa Cruz and you want a professional viewpoint, contact us today at 831-588-2334!
Remember, the goal is to create a positive and welcoming environment that allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in your Santa Cruz home.
I’m Shemeika Fox, your Santa Cruz real estate expert and your personalized real estate concierge! Reach out to me for a complimentary and confidential consultation TODAY!