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How NOT to Do an Open House

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Open House

If you’ve been following Printerbees for a while, you know that we love live video and video tours as an alternative to open houses. The technology is amazing, and you’re much safer than when strangers are in the home with you.

However, there are still markets where open houses are the preferred method. Perhaps your buyers are not of the age where they are familiar or comfortable with technology. Or perhaps the market is so strong in your area that an open house is a great way to get multiple bids.

Regardless, there are still plenty of reasons to do a regular open house. However, you want to ensure you do them the right way. So AVOID making these crazy mistakes – some of which I’ve seen this week!

Don’t Have Pets in the Home

Somehow sellers realize they have to leave the home during the open house, but think they can leave their pets behind.

Nope.

There are folks with allergies, there are folks who hate snakes (or lizards or rabbits or…), and it’s just an all-around bad look.

No pets.

Don’t Schedule Professional Work During the Open House

I actually saw this happen. An open house was going on in my area, and then the lawn service showed up, parked RIGHT IN FRONT of the Open House sign, and proceeded to mow during the event.

I cannot figure out who thought that was a good idea. Make sure that your sellers know what professional services are supposed to happen during the open house, and cancel them in advance.

You do NOT want that level of unprofessionalism when you are trying to sell a home!

Don’t Overdo the Scents

It’s important to have a home smelling fresh and pleasant during an open house. Unfortunately, some sellers and agents go overboard.

Some buyers may be allergic to fragrances, and overusing an air freshener can make buyers wonder what you’re trying to cover up.

And don’t get me started on the dozens of candles thing… not only does it look a bit odd sometimes, there’s a definite fire hazard involved.

Don’t Stage Halfway

Staging is a vital part of helping buyers see themselves in the home. If the seller agrees to staging, make sure they agree to doing the whole home.

It’s really jarring to see a beautiful front room but the rest of the house is vacant. An empty home is hard to imagine yourself in.

And while I know you want to help your sellers, don’t bring secondhand furniture in and try to stage unless you truly know what you’re doing. Let a professional stager handle that part.

Don’t Skip Cleaning – Everywhere!

As a real estate agent, you must impress upon your sellers how important it is to clean everywhere if they want to sell the home.

People will look in the sinks, in closets, and in the garage. They won’t care that part of your basement is storage. They’ll even open the junk drawer.

If things are dirty, disorganized, and unattractive, buyers will assume that the home is not cared for. If you don’t clean your closets, can you really be trusted to keep the furnace in good condition and take care of water before it causes damage?

The buyer will think not. And they’ll look elsewhere.

What Have You Seen?

So what have you seen that’s a huge open-house no-no? We’d love to hear. And if you’re getting ready for an open house this fall, be sure you have your flyers and brochures in order. We can help – just give us a call at 877-939-2337 today!