Open houses all but disappeared during the height of the pandemic. Now they are back. But if you want your open house to be an effective selling tool, you’ll have to take the time and put in the effort to prepare your house to sell. An open house, remember, is a public showing (not a private showing) to allow potential buyers to view the home. And that means, of course, that because of the public nature, a lot of the “buyers” will be mere tire kickers or just slightly curious. So, in order to sway them, your house must be in its absolute best and most appealing shape. Here, then, are some vital preparation tips for open houses in Santa Cruz.
Cut Emotional Ties and Depersonalize
For open houses in Santa Cruz, the first step in preparing to sell is almost always the work buyers need to do on themselves. This means cutting the emotional ties to their home. You have to remember that this is purely a business deal, and you can’t let emotional attachment to your home cloud the issue.
Here’s what industry pros say on this: “Letting go of your home can be difficult. You’ve lived there, possibly for years, and the house holds many memories. To detach from it emotionally, you must realize that without you in it, the house is just a shell to be filled by other occupants. Look to the future, where can make new memories in your next home.”
On a related note, preparing for open houses in Santa Cruz, also means you need to depersonalize your home. The idea is to create a blank-palette effect that allows potential buyers to envision your house as their home and imagine themselves living there with all their belongings in place.
So “[p]ack up your personal photographs, family heirlooms, and other objects and clutter that might distract potential buyers and hurt a possible sale. You want to present buyers with an impersonal, clean environment so they can imagine the home perhaps decorated with their own photographs, furniture, and art objects. Depersonalizing your home makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize how the home might look filled with their own items.”
If you’re not sure how to proceed, consult your Santa Cruz agent for some guidance. Just call 831-588-2334.
For truly successful open houses in Santa Cruz, the preparations to sell need to go beyond depersonalizing. You also have to declutter – ruthlessly. And that means getting rid of a large portion of the stuff you’ve collected over the years to achieve a clean, inviting, spacious look and feel in your home.
But don’t just haul all that stuff to the landfill. “Discard items in a useful way by donating them to a charity or nonprofit organization such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill. These items not only help those in need but some are tax-deductible.”
Also, be sure to “remove books from bookcases and other knickknacks, and clean everything off your kitchen counters. Essential items that you use daily can be tucked away in small boxes that you can place in a closet when they’re not in use. Consider this process an efficient start to your packing.”
Make Necessary Repairs
Then make necessary repairs, especially all the minor ones. This may not seem important for open houses in Santa Cruz, but buyers will be looking for any and all flaws in your house.
You don’t have to go all-in and perform major renovations for updates (though in some cases these are needed). Just take care of all the minor and more obvious issues, for example:
- Replacing cracked floor and counter tiles
- Patching holes in walls
- Repairing leaky faucets
- Replacing burnt-out light bulbs
- Installing new outlet covers and switch plates
- Repainting/touching up paint where needed
- Recaulking/regrouting bathrooms
- Replacing dingy or outdated light fixtures
Work on Curb Appeal
Also, be sure to keep in mind that first impressions at open houses in Santa Cruz are immensely important. And the thing that contributes most to a great first impression is what buyers see first – the outside of your house. That means that you need to work on curb appeal to make the exterior and yard as attractive as possible.
“A potential sale is lost quickly,” according to real estate experts, “if a buyer won’t even get out of their agent’s car because the exterior of your home turns them off. Make the exterior more appealing and welcoming by painting your front door and, perhaps, adding a wreath of dried wildflowers, or placing one or two flower pots on your front porch. Hire a landscaper to clean up your lawn and add a few shrubs or flowering plants. Consider hiring a contractor to fix any cracks on your front steps or walkway. Also, make sure visitors can clearly see your house number.”
Another plus is that landscaping (an important element of curb appeal) yields a good return on investment when you sell so is worth the time and money invested.
Agent Help With Open Houses in Santa Cruz
The trick to preparing your house to sell and preparing for a successful open house is seeing (or trying to at least) things from a buyer’s perspective. You simply have to imagine how your house will look to prospective buyers. But this is much easier said than done owing to the emotional attachment we mentioned above. Your local agent, though, can be a huge asset here, helping you see your house from a buyer’s-eye point of view and prepare it accordingly. So for the agent assistance for successful open houses in Santa Cruz, contact us today at 831-588-2334.