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Preparing For Your Spring Open House

May 9, 2013

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Home prices are rising as fast as spring tulips.  To take advantage of the market an agent’s approach to open houses should change to suit the season.  In Chicago, especially this year, spring has blossomed: neighbors are throwing open doors, barbecues are being lit, and bicycles thrust out of sheds. Preparing a home to be spring friendly means changing its atmosphere so that it is light, friendly, warm, and crisp. When a potential buyer walks in they should feel uplifted. Nearly 45% of homebuyers make their decision on whether or not to purchase after an open house. Try these five tips before your next showing.

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Open The Windows
One of the best parts of spring is throwing open the windows that sat sealed all through the winter.  Make a real effort to clean and dust the windows themselves and the surrounding area.  If possible, add white flowing curtains that can easily be caught and lifted by the wind.

Scents of Spring
Close your eyes and try to conjure up the smells that come to mind when you think of spring.  Our sense of scent is heavily tied to memory and the effective combination of fragrances can propel a person into a euphoric state.  Some common fragrances to spread around the property include cotton, fresh laundry, lavender, mint, and barbecue.

Bring in The Garden
Place flowers throughout the entire house.  Bring the colors of spring inside to add a dash of beauty and freshness to the residence.  Double check with your potential buyer to make sure they don’t have a pollen allergy beforehand.

Spring Cleaning
Remember to clean the entire property from the top down.  Grab a microfiber cloth and hit all the nooks and crannies.  If you notice a bit of dirt, the potential buyer most certainly will.

Make Use of The Space
If the property you’re showing has yards make sure to take advantage of them.  Add a picnic blanket and basket to the backyard.  If you know people will be bringing kids set up a sprinkler, or a tee ball set and whiffle bat.

Preparing your open house for spring can be a fun and relaxing experience.  If a client walks in and feels the buoyant energy of the new season they may be more likely to buy.  To stay up to date on real estate tips and news in Chicago, like us on Facebook.

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Century 21 Affiliated-Chicago (“C21AC”) is a full service real estate brokerage firm located in Chicago with a focus on residential and commercial properties. Our agent base and management team includes a wide range of specialties serving customer needs across the ever changing real estate landscape, with expertise in many niches, including REO transactions, investment sales, bulk purchasers and sellers, commercial product and traditional residential transactions. C21AC is part of Century 21 Affiliated (“Affiliated”), a top 5 franchisee in the Century 21 system with over 30 locations across the Midwest and over 32 years of history. C21AC entered the Chicago market in February 2011 to re-launch the Century 21 brand in the downtown area and to bring a proven operating platform to the large and fragmented Chicago real estate market. At Century 21 Affiliated, the customer comes first. Our complete commitment to delivering top-notch customer service to our clients is what distinguishes us from our competitors and makes us such a powerful force in the real estate industry. Specialties Residential Sales, Commercial Sales, Short Sales, Bulk Sales, REO's, Leasing, Business Services

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