Tips For A Successful Open House
YOU NEVER HAVE A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION It is not always the BIG things, but more often the LITTLE things that will motivate and inspire others into action.
These valuable tips can help make the most out of your next Open House event:
LET THE LIGHT IN Open the blinds and put brighter bulbs in the lamps. Bright, open rooms feel larger and more inviting.
LET SOME FRESH AIR IN If the weather is nice, open the windows. Also consider fresh flowers, a small bowl of vanilla or potpourri.
PROVIDE THE DETAILS Have property fact sheets with photos and area comparables available.
KEEP THE NOISE DOWN Turn the TV, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer off, then send pets to stay with a neighbor and turn on soft, instrumental background music.
TEAM UP WITH OTHER PROFESSIONALS Ask a local lender, home repair specialist, decorator or representative from your closing/settlement agency to attend and provide information about their services.
CLEAN AND UNCLUTTER Cleanliness signals to a buyer that the home has been well cared for and is most likely in good repair. Share the Open House Checklist with your seller so they can help make the perfect first impression.
FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN REAL PROPERTY TAX ACT OF 1980 (FIRPTA): If you are not a United States citizen, the closing agent may be required to deduct and withhold a tax equal to 15% of amount realized (generally the amount paid for the property). Please review the FIRPTA requirements prior to closing.
POWER OF ATTORNEY: The use of a Power of Attorney must be approved in advance of settlement by the closing agent. If you are planning to use a Power of Attorney, inform the closing agent as soon as possible to allow time to properly review the document.
MARITAL STATUS: Spouses may be required to sign closing documents even though they do not appear to hold title and their name does not appear on the deed. Spouses must always sign the deed when homestead property is being conveyed, even if they are not in title.
MAIL-AWAY: If you are unable to attend the closing, provide the address where the closing documents should be mailed and a contact phone number. Your signature on certain affidavits, real estate deeds and other documents may require the services of a notary.