Is it time to sell your home? Whether you’ve decided to list your home with a Realtor, or you’re selling yourself, holding a few Open Houses can only help you sell. Hosting a successful Open House takes time and preparation. Here are some ways to ensure your Open House is a success:

Market your Open House – One of the biggest mistakes a seller can make is to not market their Open House. Putting one sign up on the day of your Open House won’t get you the kind of response you need. Market ahead of time by posting flyers and signs. Take advantage of free advertising web sites, or possibly put an ad in your local newspaper. If you’ve listed your home for sale in any real estate websites, make sure to update the description to include your Open House.

Tell Friends and Neighbors – Never underestimate the power of “word of mouth” advertising. Make sure you keep your co-workers, friends and neighbors updated about your Open House. Many people overlook telling their neighbors because they, of course, assume they’d have no interest. In reality, sometimes neighbors are your best resource, since they could have family or friends who have expressed an interest in your neighborhood.

Stage your Home – Staging your home is an absolute must for selling quickly. Home buyers want to walk through your home and feel warm and welcome. Any kind of clutter or mess can send buyers running. Stage your home by cleaning, rearranging or removing excess furniture and de-personalizing. Too many pictures and homemade trinkets make it difficult for buyers to visualize their future in your home.

Offer Snacks – If you want to host a successful Open House, you should have some kind of snack for your buyers. While it’s not necessary to provide a full meal, it’s nice to have small snacks or finger foods for your guests. The trick with Open Houses is that you want your guests to linger, and providing them with a comfortable environment will help you achieve that goal.

List your Property – If all else fails, you may want to consider listing your property with a Realtor. While most people want to save themselves the commission, listing with a Realtor can help speed up your sale and can help you get more offers. Realtors not only help with Open Houses and showings, but they can list your property in the MLS, which alerts local real estate agents of all the Denver Real Estate For Sale.

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