Early in my Real Estate Lady profession, I do what many newbies do. Having no listings of my own, I offered to help colleagues out by holding their properties open. This idea was designed to gain exposure for both the new listing and the new agent (me).
These experiences taught me how NOT to conduct an Open House. But in the spirit of being "glass half full", I will share the DOs:
- DO clean your house! And not just the weekly vacuum, dust, bathroom cleaning. You've got to do a great big spring cleaning. In fact, you should do this before you even put your house on the active market. In one of those ill-fated early career open houses I hosted, the sellers decided to start cleaning the morning of the open house. Potential buyers were greeted at the door with dirty mop water and the teenage son was "cleaning up" by stuffing dirty laundry into his closet. Wipe fingerprints (and food stains) off the wall, put away the dog bed or litter box (hopefully in another state), take down junior's refrigerator collage. Serious buyers will open closets, look in drawers, and explore anything behind a closed door. They do not want to be greeted by a pile of laundry, or an open can of kitchen garbage (another war story for another time).