Open Houses – Friend or Foe? You Decide!

 

Open house.

These two little words are known for striking fear in the hearts of many and enthusiasm in the minds of several others. While they are very fun and informative events, they shouldn’t be taken lightly – they can be very stressful to prepare for and host!

While open houses can be stressful events for anyone involved (except the observers, perhaps), they can be advantageous for both the seller and the realtor involved.

Before you jump on having an open house, however, do make your decision with utmost care! There are many ups and downs to having an open house. The question is – do the pros outweigh the cons? See for yourself!

PROS

#1 – Open Houses are Open To All: The name says it all – it’s an OPEN house for all to come in and check out! And it isn’t just the prospective buyers who attend the open house – the brokers who might want to team up on the sale also attend, and they tend to give advice on ways to help the home sell faster! Besides, just because an attendee isn’t a prospective buyer doesn’t mean that an open house showing off your home’s beauty won’t fan the flames of desire to buy the home!

#2 – They Provide You With More Exposure: Open houses will help give your home the exposure it needs in less time. They give any potential buyer an opportunity to come over and check our your home, even if you currently lack an agent! While the chances of receiving a serious bid is rather slim, hosting an open house will drawn in people, especially if your home is put at the right price!

#3 – Open Houses Force You to Pretty Up Your Home: If there’s anything that will make you whip your house into a beautiful, spotless piece of perfection (besides maybe showcasing your home on national television), an open house definitely does the trick. Your home should be as clean as possible, top to bottom, so that you can impress the masses, letting them leave wanting more.

#4 – Open Houses Give Viewers Real-Life Browsing of the Home: While people can easily view houses quite quickly on the Internet, there’s just nothing like seeing the home in person. Sure, they can see that your bedroom is blue and has a nice closet, but they can’t see how the blue looks when the afternoon sun comes in through the window or how spacious that closet really is.

#5 – You Can Find New Customers: Many times, an open house is the event in which you can find a potential buyer who can wander in right off the street. You never know who will be curious about your home, fall in love with it, and ultimately want to buy it!

CONS

#1 – Open Houses Rarely Produce a Bid: Many brokers (and even homeowners) tend to agree that open houses aren’t the best way to sell a home. It can spark curiosity in potential buyers, but rarely does someone wander in, check out the house, and place a bid on the home to purchase. After all, buying a home is a very serious decision homeowners must make!

#2 – Open Houses Can Attract Nosy Neighbors: Open houses allow anyone from anywhere to come in and check out your home. This doesn’t exclude your lovely, nosy neighbors who are simply dying to see exactly what you’ve done to your home (and maybe gossip about it to their friends or to the previous homeowner, if they still have stayed in touch).

#3 – Open Houses Can Also Attract Thieves: Not to scare you into not having an open house, but you must keep in mind that hosting an open house is an open invitation for ANYONE to enter your home. Be sure to hide away all of your valuables and breakables. Don’t leave loose change or bills lying around on countertops. But don’t fret – many brokers and agents now require all potential buyers to either show a form of identification or to sign in before they look at your home.

#4 – The Internet Has Made Open Houses Less Effective: Ten or so years ago, open houses were the thing to do to show off your home to the public to pique interest in any potential buyers – and it was pretty effective, too! Now people tend to use the Internet as their way of viewing a home before they want to come see it for themselves.

#5 – Open Houses Can Be Very Stressful: First impressions are more important now than ever these days. Making sure your home looks picture-perfect to the public can drive you up the wall. And after you clean your home, you’ll more than likely need to clean again after everyone leaves.

So are open houses advantageous or a disaster waiting to happen? Tell us what you think! And if you’re thinking about hosting an open house and would like help or if you’re wanting to sell your current home, call us at The Massey Team at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9898! You can even check us out at our website at www.dianamasseyteams.com. Let us help you sell your home TODAY!

Want To Sell Your Home? Turn Your Yard From Boring To Beautiful!

What is the first thing that buyers see when they see your property? Why, the outside, of course!

Landscaping can greatly influence how a potential buyer may feel about your home; sometimes it can be the end-all point that makes them buy the house or quickly turn around to look for another home. Luckily, a few simple changes can improve the curb appeal of your property and change the “For Sale” sign in your yard to a “Sold” sign!

Put That Power Washer to Good Use! Some areas of our home (including the outside) tend to remain perpetually “clean” in our minds, but we should really try to break that misconception trying to sell! Believe it or not, your deck, driveway, and home exterior can get pretty dirty over time, dulling your home’s colors and liveliness slowly but surely.

The best way to brighten these spaces of your home is by using a power washer. When the first wave of water hits, you’ll be shocked at how much brighter you’re deck, driveway, and exterior look! While a power washer is a great tool, it needs to be used with care – it admits extremely high pressure that can harm skin and housing materials if used unwisely.

Make Your Home “Inviting! – Nothing says “home” like a wreath and a welcome mat! Wreaths and welcome mats are an inexpensive touch to add to your home to draw any potential buyers in. Feel free to get creative by making your own wreath or find an inviting wreath at your favorite store. Already have your own mats and wreaths and don’t want to part with them? No problem! Simply clean them up so that they look like new again!

Give Your Home the Green Treatment – Who doesn’t love greenery and flowers? Not very many people! Done correctly and artfully, greenery may be the trick to landscaping your home to sell. Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry! You can easily make it look like you do! When you go to purchase your greenery ask the staff member which plants and flowers are the easiest to maintain. All you need to worry about is picking out the right color of pots to complement your home and watering them to their specifications! Now THAT was easy!

Flowers are a Home’s Best Friend – Picking where to place the plants and flowers you have bought can be difficult to do sometimes! When you’re setting them out, put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Lining the walkway to the house with pretty flowers can be really inviting to anyone – potential buyer and visitors alike. If you love gardening, then feel free to plant more flowers! Don’t panic if gardening isn’t up your alley – a little really DOES go a long way! (Oh, and here’s a fun tip from us – Place the brightest flowers closest to your entryway to make both the color of your home AND the flowers stand out!)

Make Your Yard into a Work of Art – Greenery is all good and dandy, but don’t feel like you need to turn your yard into a jungle! Try using some landscaping stone as a way to make your yard look even more beautiful! Create inviting walkways with irregularly shaped stones. Frame your flowerbeds with the stones acting as a border. If you feel like stepping a bit out of the box, try creating a mini-waterfall in your yard and fill the basin with koi! If you’re unsure of how to do this, you might want to either read up on the details or call a professional to help make your yard look beautiful.

Say Good-Bye to Overgrown Lawns! – Finally, be sure to tame any wild shrubberies and trees. Greenery is good, but a mess of it can be counterproductive and a huge turn-off to your potential buyers! When your house is on the market, take a couple extra hours to trim and shape any bushes and trees around your home. Make sure that they complement all the hard work you have put into making your home sellable!

If you are looking for your dream home The Massey Team can help you! Contact us today at 618-791-5024. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com to see how we can help you!

Can’t Get To The Beach This Summer? Then Bring The Beach To Your Home!

The weather in the Metro East St. Louis area is really heating up, but nothing beats the 90 degree weather than laying on a beach somewhere tropical! If that isn’t an option for you this summer then bring the beach to you by giving your home a tropical makeover!

Okay, it may not be as great as going on an amazing getaway, sipping a cocktail, and watching the sunset, but it can definitely give your home a whole new feel! This may be just the new look you needed to make your home have that “wow” factor this summer.

Family Vacation Photos: Displaying memories made with your family is always great, but how you frame the photos is what will make them stand out. Use papyrus paper or a tropical themed paper as the matting surrounding the picture. You can also use a light wood or worn wood frame to enhance the tropical theme. When displaying the photos on a shelf or table, be sure to put a few seashells around the photos to really give them that maritime touch!

Table Runners: For all of the tables in your home, whether big or small, use a woven beach mat as the table runner.  The color mimics the hue of sand and the woven grass will remind you of a grass skirt. You’ll feel like you’re at a luau in no time!

Kitchen and Dining Room Chairs: This is not an area people typically think of often when it comes to accenting their home, but in reality, this is your secret weapon! Reupholstering your chairs can be a costly expenditure, but if you use a cloth napkin instead, you can change the chairs’ fabric as often as you want! Simply take a cloth napkin (in this case a tropical floral print works best) and sew large beads to the corners. You will want to sew on ribbon ties to the napkin so you can tie it to the back of the chair. The beads will then act as weights to help secure the napkin!

Table Settings: This is always a great way to bring fun to your home! You can be really creative when it comes to table settings. Add a splash of color by using a mix of colorful plates like blue and green. For something really unique, braid long blades of grass and tie them around the napkins as napkin holders. You can also use the same napkins as you used on your chairs to bring your nautical look together. For your center piece use bright tropical flowers in a funky vase to really make your home seem like an island escape!

Flowers, Plants, and All That: Give your home a tranquil setting by including flowers and plants. All it takes is a few cute little pots and your favorite greenery! You can set them throughout your home or you can have one area designated to your mini in-home garden. You can also set your favorite reading chair by them and using it as your place to read, write, or relax!

Just because you can’t make it to the beach this summer doesn’t mean you can’t bring the beach to you! After a few easy changes made to your home, you’ll feel like you’re away on vacation EVERY day!  Check out more decorating tips here.

If you want to take a permanent vacation from your current home, then be sure to stop by The Massey Team’s website at www.dianamasseyteams.com or give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or at (618) 791-9298! We will help you find your dream home in no time!