Our East Tennessee culture embodies a strong tradition of Southern hospitality, so it’s no surprise that open houses are an effective strategy for selling a home in Knoxville. Open houses are designed to invite buyers to explore your property at a leisurely pace and envision what life would be like if they purchased your home. An open house is more casual than a scheduled showing and is planned to feel relaxed and welcoming. As the seller, you can help buyers feel at home by taking the time to prepare for the event. Here are our top tips for hosting an open house in Knoxville, TN that wows buyers and brings in offers.
Minimize the number of personalized items.
When potential buyers walk through the door, you want them to feel more like homeowners and less like temporary visitors. By storing away your family photos, awards and other personal decor pieces, buyers will be better able to imagine adding their own personal touches to the property. This doesn’t mean you need to hide every single personal item in your home, but temporarily storing some of your items will minimize distractions and help buyers feel more at home.
Emphasize the spaciousness of your home.
Whether you live in a large home in the Knoxville suburbs or a small loft downtown, it’s a good idea to take some time before your open house to declutter floors and countertops to make your home feel more spacious. If you have extra unnecessary furniture in the main living spaces, consider putting the furniture in storage. If your kitchen countertops are cluttered with a mixer, air fryer, toaster, coffee maker and more, store some of those appliances in cabinets to showcase more of your countertops. These simple decluttering tasks will allow buyers to see the important features of your home with fewer distracting objects.
Bring nature inside.
You might not have a green thumb, and that’s okay. However, we do recommend bringing a touch of nature into your home. By adding a simple vase of fresh flowers to the entry table or placing live potted plants in the sunroom, natural touches liven up a space and can feel comforting to buyers. We also recommend removing artificial smells from candles, incense and air fresheners and cracking a few windows if the weather is nice to allow fresh air to circulate throughout the home during the open house.
Let your Realtor handle the hosting.
Preparing for an open house can feel like planning a party you’re not invited to attend. When a homeowner stays for the open house, buyers may feel wary about asking questions, and they may not discuss their thoughts as freely. We recommend you leave your home during the open house and allow your Realtor to handle the hosting. By leaving your home and allowing your Realtor to talk to open house attendees, buyers feel more comfortable sharing potential concerns that the Realtor can address.
When you list your property with The Bedros Team, we will help you prepare for your open house and showcase your property in its best light! Contact us today to sell your Knoxville home.
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