How important is an open house?

One thing your real estate agent is going to ask you when listing your home is can we hold an open house? Your answer should be yes and here’s why.

Open houses are a great way to get traffic through your home without having the hassle of setting up appointments. When properly advertised an open house can attract many buyers to view your property, and maximum exposure is key to selling your home.

What happens at an open house? Your agent or an agent they pick will be at your home usually for a couple hours to welcome buyers through and to answer any questions that they may have. This is a great opportunity to highlight the features of the property and allow buyers to casually make their way through and envision living there. Your agent will have everyone sign in so it’s easy to follow up to ensure any further questions are answered.

Should I be home for my open house? While there is no rule against you being home for an open house (or showings) it is a good idea to leave for the time slots. You not being home makes buyers more comfortable because they don’t feel that they will offend anyone by commenting on the house. Also, it gives them the freedom to explore the house without the owner’s eyes watching them. We want buyers to feel as comfortable as possible and picture themselves living there.

What should I do to prepare for an open house? Preparing for an open house is simple. You want to make sure your house is clean and tidy, and that you have removed any valuable items such as expensive jewelry, medications, and firearms/weapons. Yes there are some people in this world who scour open houses with bad intentions, so taking a few precautions will help protect your belongings. While an agent will keep an eye on the buyers touring the property you don’t want to take any chances with your valuables.

In conclusion, holding an open house is a great idea for marketing your home and attracting buyers. If you’re on the fence about holding an open house, as a Realtor I highly recommend it. After all, to sell your home you want the most amount of traffic through it.

For any real estate questions or needs I can be reached at 716-809-0300 or by email at

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