10 Tips for a Successful Open House

As the seller, make sure you pick a listing agent whom you trust with your home. During an open house, you have to be willing to relinquish control to your agent and trust him or her to show off your property in the best light.

An open house can be a productive way to show a home, take a tour and connect with a real estate professional. Here are 10 tips for both buyers and sellers to make for a successful open house:

  • Make your home tour-ready.
  • Clean and declutter.
  • Let people know.
  • Stay away from the house.
  • Let your agent take control.
  • Move fast.
  • Bring your own agent, when possible.
  • Try for a private showing as well.
  • Take notes.
  • Talk to the agent.


Open Houses: Tips and Tricks for Sellers

Open houses are a great opportunity for sellers to show off their homes and attract potential buyers. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make the most of these events. First, understand that allowing open houses is in your best interest. All the other tasks and ongoing efforts to keep your property showpiece ready are worth it in the end.

Why Have an Open House?

When selling a home, having an open house is a great way to generate attention and interest from people who are looking for buy in your area. By marketing the property and showing it off to interested parties, sellers can increase the likelihood of receiving more offers. Additionally, open houses provide an opportunity for potential buyers to get a feel for the property and see if it meets their needs. The more interest you generate for your house or condo, the more offers will come in. That can lead to a much higher purchase price when your real estate agent begins the negotiation process.

How to Get Your Home Ready.

Your real estate agent should have already suggested things like home inspections and repairs of anything that was broken or excessively worn.


How to Get Ready for Your Open House

Space it Out Across 23 Little Steps…

Preparing for an open house is like throwing a party for a bunch of guests you won’t get to meet. It’s stressful…and a little weird. But if you decide to host one, be aware that buyers will come into your home with steep expectations.“30 years ago when I used to sell a house, nobody tidied up,” said Zinta Rodgers-Rickert, a top agent in Fairfax, Virginia.

“Nobody made the bed. Nobody cleaned off the kitchen counters or the bathrooms. You understood it was a used house; someone was living there.”

Today? Buyers demand that a house for sale be “as close to perfect as the sellers can possibly afford,” Rodger-Rickert adds.

This isn’t the type of test you can pull an all-nighter to cram for. You’ll need to start your open house preparations at least a month early as part of your general go-to-market plan:

One month before:

1. Gut check: Is this open house worth it?
2. Pack, sort, and purge your belongings.
3. Freshen up paint where needed on the inside and outside of the house.
4. Evaluate your furniture with a fresh eye.

2 to 3 weeks before:

5. Make sure you’ve optimized your open house date and time.
6. Market the house online.
7. Send out your open house invitations and post flyers around the community.
8. Get all your open house signage together.

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

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Events in Northern California this Weekend

Macy Gray at Blue Note Napa

Sat Jan 14 2023 at 6:30 & 9:00pm, Sun, Jan 15 at 3:00 & 6:30pm

Blue Note Napa, 1030 Main Street, Napa

Check out Macy Gray at The Blue Note in Napa on January 15, 2023, and get detailed info for the event – tickets, photos, video, and reviews. Food and Bar Menu Available in all sections BLUE NOTE NAPA is located on the 1st floor of the Historic Napa Valley Opera House. We are an intimate 182-person seated live music club and restaurant where you may enjoy performances of world-renowned and local Bay Area artists alike. We offer a dinner menu with an elegant wine and cocktail list in all seating sections. READ MORE ~ BUY TICKETS

Something Rotten Musical
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Livermore Valley Arts, 2400 First St, Livermore

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