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LeBoeuf Real Estate - Open House Tips

How to Hold an Open House
Wear a name tag provided by LeBoeuf Real Estate (LRE)

Dress appropriately - navy, dark grey or khaki pants/slacks/skirt, white or light blue button down shirt/blouse, appropriate shoes (no open toe, sneakers, flip flops or heels)

Consider having a "Theme Open House." Suggested are "Chili Cookout", "Fresh Baked Cookies", "Apple Pie Extravaganza" "Brownie Blast", etc. LRE will advertise your Open House on the LRE and MLS web site. Please email LRE 5 days before the Open House so we can set up the advertising.

LRE will provide at no cost to you on the day of your first Open House directional signs, Open House "feather", brochure/flyer, sign-in sheet and other materials as needed.

Place directional signs at intersections from main road to your home. Normally, you will have at least 3 to 5 directional signs. If there are two or more ways to get to your home, you may need more signs to be sure all ways to your home are covered. Do not block a driver's view at the intersections. Sellers must remove all directional signs and take down the "feather" within  two hours after the Open House. Please adhere to this timeline as many jurisdictions have strict rules on signage. You can keep the signs and "feather" until the home is SOLD. Some jurisdictions prohibit balloons on the directional signs so be sure to ask if you can have them.

Send pets to a neighbor's home, crate them or put them outside if it makes sense. If not possible to do the above, put them in a room and place a sign on the door that there is a dog, cat or whatever inside and please do not enter unless you are with them.

Smile and have fun showing your home!

Treat everyone the same - even the crabby ones.

Be honest at all times. If you don't know the answer to a question, tell them that you will get back to them. Please write it down so you won't forget. LRE will assist you in providing the answers.

If the Buyer asks for information that you are uncomfortable providing or don't know such as to how the schools are ranked, if there are commuting issues, how good is the well water, etc. Email LRE with the requested information and we will direct the Buyer to where they can find the information. A good rule is to never be the source of the information but be the source of the information source.

Burn scented candles but not too heavy on scent. Pine, cinnamon or vanilla are always good. Careful with scented sprays as some folks are allergic to them. Get rid of pet and cooking smells. Not a good idea to cook cabbage that day.

Open curtains

Have a folder of all the warranties and guaranties of appliances, HVAC system, pool equipment and any other papers identifying equipment part numbers as a part of your display.

Clean your windows and glass front appliances and clear off counters. Clean the oven or at least wipe it out. Make sure stairs are clear of hazards.

Place a seasonal wreath on the door.

Place "Does Not Convey" signs on all items that do not convey. Make the "Does Not Convey" signs in at least 36 font. Remember, if you do not want something to convey such as a light fixture, you must replace it with another one. In other words, you can't take the chandelier down and leave the wires hanging out. Except for flat screen televisions, most everything else if attached to the home, will convey.

Replace burned out light bulbs, polish front door handle, brass numbers and knocker.

Clean the house!

If screen has a tear in it, take it out and get it repaired. Better no screen than a torn one.

Take family photos, political and other "I Love Me" stuff off the walls, dressers and tables if it makes sense. In other words, if taking the stuff off the walls will leave too many nails or holes, let them remain up as long as they are appropriate - put something else up if they are not appropritate.

If cold outside, light a fire in the fireplace - Use 2 hour logs to keep heat down.

Turn on all lights inside and out. Sprinkle the lawn a hour before the Open House and the lawn will sparkle. Pick up all toys, tools and stuff from yard.

At a minimum, serve cookies and water.

Lock up valuables and fire arms. If you can't, lock them in the trunk of your car for the duration of the Open House.

Do not make any promises you can't live with. 

Items such as a riding mower are personal property and should not be included in the Offer.

 

 


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