10 Essential Tips To Hold A Successful Open House

Updated: Jan 26

Kitchen staged for an open house
There are some tried and true methods to holding an open house. Here's what you need to know.

The time has come. You're ready to sell your property, and you've decided that holding an open house is a great idea.

Open houses can be a great way to draw in some additional foot traffic and make your listing stand out online.

After you've followed the ten essential tips to make sure you hold a great open house, you'll be all set up for success.

Stage It Beautifully

When planning an open house, you have to make sure everything about it screams, "Buy Me!"

You need prospective buyers to walk in and instantly feel at home.

A great way to do this is to have the house professionally staged.

Yes, professional staging costs a bit of money, but did you know:

  • Staging your house can help it sell faster.

  • Staged homes may sell for more than their non-staged counterparts.

If you don't want to pay to have everything professionally staged, you should at least do some light staging.

  • Hang appealing towels in the bathroom.

  • Put up nice curtains

  • Decorate the kitchen with some pops of color like fruit bowls.

Small, tasteful staging choices can go a long way when done well.

Mandatory Deep Cleaning

Before launching your open house, you absolutely must do a deep clean. Then go back and do a deeper clean.

You can do it yourself or hire it out to a cleaning company. But either way, you have to make sure your house is spotless before opening it up to potential buyers.

You may no longer notice the:

  • Fingerprints on the windows

  • The cobwebs in the corners

  • Or the weird odors coming from the bathroom

But everyone who walks into your house will. You have to at least:

  • Scrub your bathrooms until the sparkle