As a homeowner, you are instrumental in preparing your home for sale. An open house is a fantastic opportunity to get your home in front of potential buyers. Learn about our top tips for open house etiquette for sellers below.
Make sure you are not there
We know a lot of sellers really want to be present for their open house. To be frank, however, owners being present distracts buyers for a couple of reasons.
- It’s your realtor’s job to sell the house and explain all the details and talking points to buyers.
- Not all buyers want to meet and get to know the previous owner. Just like personal items in the house, it makes it more difficult for them to feel like the house could be their own space.
We recommend owners plan a day to be out of the house to do errands, take out the family, or whatever else will keep them busy during the open house hours.
If you have certain details that you would really like to share yourself, we’ve had some owners leave a personal note for open house goers to read.
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Secure or remove your pets
Pets can also be a big distraction during open houses. While you love your furry friends, potential buyers may be allergic or don’t have pets of their own. This could also increase worry that there is pet damage or pet odor in the house.
We highly recommend that you remove your pet from the property for the open house. If this is not possible, securing them in a specific room is best if it will not upset them.
Reach out to RE/MAX Auction House to learn more about open house etiquette for sellers.
Our team is passionate about real estate, so much so that we’re licensed in both Kansas and Missouri to serve the greater Kansas City region. Contact us online or by phone at 816.741.0123 (office) or 816.694.7267 (cell) to learn more about open house etiquette and other seller resources with RE/MAX Auction House.