An open house is a time you make your house available for viewing to prospective buyers without a scheduled appointment.  Basically, your home will be open to the public.    You can schedule open houses at any time you choose.  Many Real Estate Agents tend to schedule their open houses on Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm. 

Here are some tips:

  • Place an advertisement on sites such as www.craigslist.com or www.postlets.com.   Make sure to include your phone number and the property address
  • Place signs on your front lawn and several in the neighborhood
  • Print out flyers with important facts and highlights about your home
  • Create a log sheet and have everybody that enters your house, sign in     The log sheet should have columns for name, phone number, and email address.  
  • Make sure your front entrance is clear and inviting
  • Remember the importance of scent.  Make sure your house smells great..consider burning a candle or baking cookies
  • Make sure your home is clean and free of clutter
  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Make sure pets are outdoors or away while the house is shown
  • Open blinds and draperies for natural light
  • Turn lights on where needed
  • Make sure closets are straightened and tidy
  • Empty trash cans
  • Keep radios and TVs off
  • Keep garage door closed and move cars out for space
  • Make sure to follow up with prospective buyers or the buyers Agents the next day