Open Houses: Here’s What Prospective Buyers are Looking for in New York

Every weekend buyers in New York flock to residential areas and browse online listings in search of open houses. 

In today’s market, many homes are flying off the market in record time, meaning that buyers are just waiting for you to show them what they’re looking for. 

A successful open house can be the difference between a quick sale and a long, drawn-out process. Prospective homebuyers in New York know exactly what they’re looking for, and if your open house delivers you might even have an offer by lunch-time. 

A Clean Home

The single most important thing prospective buyers are looking for is a clean home. Not just a tidy home, but a home that is clean from top to bottom, inside and out. Homes that have allowed dust and grime to build up over time are more likely to be a liability, and very few buyers are looking for a house that’s going to eat up their money down the road. 

Homes should be thoroughly cleaned before any open houses are held or any photos are taken. Windows need to be scrubbed, walls and baseboards cleaned, and carpets shampooed. Buyers will notice soap scum in the showers, scuffs on hard floors, and dust on fans or light fixtures. 

In the age of COVID-19, additional cleaning and sanitizing measures are needed to help buyers feel safe and comfortable at in-person open houses. Masks and hand sanitizer should be readily available, as well as evidence that high-touch points have been properly disinfected. 

An Easily Accessible Date and Time

Life in New York is fast-paced and busy. Most prospective buyers work long hours during the week, so they’re looking for open houses on the weekends. Saturdays and Sundays are the most ideal. Open houses typically last 3 to 4 hours and are most successful when held in the late morning and early afternoon.

Realtors often recommend listing a home for sale in the latter part of the week and holding the open house that first weekend to generate interest in the listing right away.

A Well Planned Event

Poorly planned and executed open houses are unlikely to yield many offers. Prospective buyers know a good open house when they see one. When conditions allow, the following etiquette is key to a well-planned open house:

  • Food and drinks are offered to invite buyers and agents to spend more time in the home
  • All the lights in the house are turned on and blinds and curtains are opened to let in natural light
  • The house smells pleasant, but not overpowering
  • Sellers are not present unless the home is for sale by the owner
  • Flyers are provided to reinforce key elements of the home
  • Personal items like cars, jewelry, family photos, and pets are removed

WNY Home Buyers Will Buy Your House Fast

Successful open houses require a lot of work and preparation. What if we told you you didn’t need an open house to sell your house fast? WNY Home Buyers will buy your house in Buffalo, New York, and the surrounding area for cash! No repairs, no cleaning, no open houses. Call us today to get your fair cash offer!

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