Quick Takeaways

  • Dress appropriately
  • Don’t be nosy
  • Wait to enter a room only after other visitors have departed

Source: Open House Etiquette for Home Buyer (The Balance, Jan. 22, 2022)

Make your open house a success! Hold your first open house the weekend after the property goes up for sale for maximum exposure. Create a flyer with important information from the homeowner, such as heating and utility costs. Don’t forget to bring three things when touring an open house. Prepare for an open house by walking the property, unlocking doors, and taking advantage of natural light.

Use a checklist for thorough preparation. Preparation is the key for a great open house experience. Clean, declutter, and depersonalize the home. Pay attention to the curb appeal, too. UpNest has great preparation tips including getting the temperature and the lighting right.

Safety is vital for everyone at the open house. Have the homeowners hide or remove pets, valuables, prescription drugs or sensitive personal information such as checkbooks. For REALTORS®, work with a buddy at your open house and check in with your office. Ask for identification, don’t give out garage or door codes and limit the number of people in the house for a safer open house. Working with a REALTOR® is the best way to avoid home buying scams.

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