Protecting your home in an Open House

Open houses are a great tool to get maximum exposure for your home in a short amount of time. If you and your REALTOR® choose to conduct an open house, be sure that you take the necessary steps to protect your privacy and your belongings. It is recommended that you are not present during the open house, as potential buyers may not feel as comfortable. However, your REALTOR® should be present the entire time. See below for some tips on protecting your home for an open house:

  • Remove personal items (family photos, diplomas, certificates etc…) Not only does this help the buyer imagine themselves in your home, but it protects your privacy
  • Clear out all special and expensive items such as jewellery, ipods, laptops etc…
  • Be sure to store bills, credit card statements or other personal mail items somewhere safe and out of view
  • Remove medications from medicine cabinets and countertops
  • If you are expecting a big turnout, talk to your REALTOR® about having an assistant with them to make sure that nobody is wandering alone through your home
  • Take inventory of your items – if necessary, take photos of rooms to be sure that nothing is missing

Open houses are a useful tool to ensure that your home is viewed by the maximum number of potential buyers. Remember, it only takes one person to be the one to make an attractive offer on your home. Make sure that your home and privacy are protected throughout an open house, to ensure that you have a positive open house experience.

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Mary O'Brien

Mary O'Brien

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CENTURY 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*
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