Home Selling

The Dos and Don’ts of an Open House

Follow these tips for an easier open house experience.

So you’ve decided to sell your home. Congratulations on taking the big step! Hosting an open house is one of the best ways to market your home to potential buyers and agents. Follow these helpful tips to ensure things go off without a hitch.

DO Put Up Signs

While many people will hear about your open house listing from their realtors or Realty.com, it’s still extremely important to establish your presence offline. Attract attention to your open house with signs at main intersections and on corners leading to your home. Adding balloons to the signs are a great way to get even more attention from people driving by.

DON’T Be a Lurker

You should not be present at your open house. While you may be tempted to see what visitors think of your home–or keep a close eye while they browse–most people will not appreciate having the owner present. Standing around will likely stop them from looking through your home thoroughly and could possibly cause them to shorten their tour. Rather than scaring away potential buyers, stay away from the home while your realtor takes care of visitors. Your agent will report back to you with feedback. 

DO Make Your Home as Neat as Possible

You wouldn’t like to walk into a messy home, so make sure yours is up to standard. Not only does that include decluttering and organizing your spaces, but depending on your home, it could also mean hiring a professional. Services to consider include: power washing siding and windows, cleaning out gutters, cutting dead limbs from trees, and steam cleaning carpets. It’s worth paying for these finishing touches if it means your home will go off the market quickly. 

DON’T Let Pets Scare Visitors Away

Unfortunately, not everyone will love your pet Fido as much as you do. To prevent visitors from feeling uncomfortable, it’s better to keep your pet in a small enclosed space while people are visiting. This could mean bringing your pet elsewhere while showing or keeping quiet animals in a cage or kennel where they won’t be disruptive. It’s important to ensure your pets are not a distraction to prospective buyers. 

DO Go to Other Open Houses

If you’re selling your home, you’re likely in the market to buy, too. That means this part should be easy. Visiting other open houses gives you an opportunity to notice patterns and trends in the housing market. It also helps you understand what separates a positive showing from a negative one. When you go to showings, be observant about what you like and dislike. You can then use those findings to craft an experience that will wow your visitors. 

Looking for more information about selling your home? Check out our home selling tips here!

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Raquel Guarino

Raquel Guarino is a writer for Realty.com and Help.com. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

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