Open House Success Tips


One of the first things you do after signing a listing agreement with a Real Estate agent is schedule an open house. You want as many eyes on it as possible and as much foot traffic as possible within the first couple of weeks. 

It's the newest thing on the market and people want to see it! Some are so busy they don't have time to make an appointment so open houses are an amazing thing for just about everyone looking for a new home to buy. Remember, you need to be very flexible and keep in mind the goal you have which is to SELL YOUR HOME.

There are a few things you as a homeowner can do to ensure the open house is a success.

MAKE A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION. Before you even schedule an open house you need to make sure the home has nice curb appeal. Trim the bushes, replace mulch, make sure everything is edged, the lawn is mowed, replace the mailbox if necessary, power wash the house, driveway and entry ways, touch up the paint, replace garage door, plant some flowers. Do whatever you can to make your house stand out and not in a bad way. I have seen bright green houses and that is not attractive, I bet if you ask your neighbors they would agree with me.

CLEAN YOUR HOME. This may require you to hire a cleaning service to come in and handle it if you don’t have the time to do it yourself. In my opinion, your home needs to be as close to showroom clean as possible. The cleaner the better. Touch up any paint in the home as well, I would even go as far as repainting any rooms that are not neutral colors. Get rid of any odors whether it be from pets, smoking, mildew etc. Open the windows and air the place out so it’s nice and fresh. Make it as inviting as possible.

STAGE YOUR HOME. If you do not live in the home your selling, stage it. The master bedroom, baths, kitchen, and living room in my opinion are the most important rooms to stage. If you still live there, make sure you take down any personal photos, clutter and valuables. People shopping for a new home want to envision their stuff there, not yours. This is one of the times that I mentioned above where you need to be flexible. Keep your goal in mind. THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY.

SPREAD THE WORD. Your agent will do and should do everything possible to get the word out. You can help them by letting your friends, coworkers, and family members know the day and time of your open house and ask them to spread the word because they might just know someone looking in your specific neighborhood.

THE DAY OF THE OPEN HOUSE. Take any pets you have with you when you leave. That’s the last thing your agent needs to worry about. They need to focus. Leave before they get there and don't come home until they leave. In my experience, buyers always show up early and they come late as well when we are gathering up our things. If you do come back early, park down the street and wait for your agent to text you that everyone has gone.

Buying and selling should be an exciting time! If we all work together and have good communication, we can do anything.

Give Me a call Today!

Denice Dobbins-Realtor
DRE 02083129
760 421-6416
PierView Properties Real Estate
DRE 00712580
302 N. Cleveland St.
Oceanside, CA. 92054


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