An open house requires a lot of preparation.
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Although I once sold a house through an open house and actually had several more transactions from the same Sunday afternoon open that was an exception to my usual experience.
The key is with the right property, success can happen. Not all properties are suitable for an open house (location not convenient to major traffic, price point too high or low, property does not show well, circumstances of sale (illness, death in the family), etc.)
Even with the right property it is up to the seller as to whether an open house will be held. If a seller wants an open house very often the seller will need to do some of the preparations as well.
What are some of the things a seller can do to to prepare for the open house? A few suggestions include..
- Clean everything. – [This is where I will refrain from my favorite – if you can smell it, you can’t sell it – phrase.]
- Lock away items that can easily be stolen including jewelry, laptops, iPad, cell phones, etc..
- Hide prescription medications. Apparently thieves are targeting prescription drugs during open houses!
- Remove/lock away weapons. Do not leave a weapon where it can be stolen or more importantly, handled by a child. Just so I am clear – no weapons under your bed or rifles sitting in the closet.
- Curb appeal – Nicely landscaped lawn and flowers.
- Clean the Front Door – Remember first impressions.
- Don't attend your homes open house. You hired your real estate agent to market and promote your home. Relax and let them do their job.
- Invite your neighbors to come by. Very often a neighbor will show up anyway. Invite them and ask them for support and suggestions. If prospective buyers see your neighbors in the yard or bump into them at the open house you want a positive experience.