January 16, 2019

How to Host an Open House

If this is your first time putting your property on the market, you may not know how to host an open house.  Luckily, hosting an open house is less-stressful than you think!  Here are the first steps you should take when planning to host an open house.

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Benefits of Hosting an Open House

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Hosting an open house is a great way to showcase your home at its best, to multiple parties at a time!  This event will bring attention to your property for sale, while leaving potential-buyers free to roam and explore each room freely.

Open House Etiquette 

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To get an idea of how you would like to host your open house, we recommend that you attend a few open house showings to check out how it’s done!  Observe the customs of other sellers, note great ideas for showing your own house and keep in mind what does not work while hosting an open house as well.

Preparing a Property Guide

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HGTV’s amazing suggestion for hosting an open house, is to prepare a property guide.  This will answer any questions your potential buyers may have, if you are speaking with another person.  Create a sheet with the following information:


  • Property address
  • Asking price
  • Your contact info (including a URL to your Web site or online ad)
  • Brief description of the property
  • Exterior and interior photos
  • Maintenance or HOA fees (if applicable)
  • Real estate taxes
  • Total square footage
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Appliances that are included
  • Outdoor spaces
  • Any special features (fireplace, finished basement, etc.)
  • Recent upgrades you made
  • Neighborhood amenities (shopping, recreation, freeways, public transportation, etc.)
  • School information