What Should you Avoid Doing during an Open House?

Posted by Justin Havre on Friday, September 4th, 2015 at 10:19am.

Open House

Selling a home can be quite stressful. There are so many decisions to make, and preparation is key. Holding an Open House can assist in finding potential buyers, and it may seem like the best thing to do. An Open House can not only encourage, but it can also discourage a sale. Below you will see five suggestions that, by avoiding them, will help make your selling event more successful.

Leave the Home

Do not stay at your home during the Open House. You, your children, and pets can cause a disruption at a time when you want a relaxing atmosphere for potential buyers. Allow your license real estate agent handle the job.

Personal Items Be Gone

Remove all personal items from the wall, counters, and floors. Remember you want potential buyers to envision themselves in the home, and that simply cannot happen if your personal items specific to your tastes and likes are in view.

Squeaky Clean

Your home should be the cleanest it is ever going to be during the Open House. Potential buyers want to look everywhere. This is a major purchase, so be prepared for them to look around every corner and in every space that normally might not be cleaned on a regular basis. Think pristine!

No Tunes Please

Refrain from playing music during the Open House. Sellers often take a hint from supermarkets and play easy listening music in the background to encourage the buyer. However, what is encouraging for some people could have the opposite effect for others. For this reason, no music is best.

Take Control

Find a temperature for the home that is middle of the road comfortable for anyone that might enter. You cannot please everyone, however consider the season and choose something that will be acceptable for everyone.

It is tempting to plug in an air freshener or use highly scented cleaners to make the air smell clean. However, consider potential buyers that are sensitive to strong smells. The basic scent of a clean home is perfect.

Prepare for your Open House and relax knowing you did the best you could to make your home inviting for visitors.  Your sale might come sooner than you think.

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