Preparing for an Open House
An open house is an important part of showing and selling your home, but it’s vital to understand that you will be essentially inviting strangers into your house. The mix of people stopping by can lead to an offer or a quality referral. With your house looking its best, a successful open house creates a network of awareness around your listing.
A lot of cleaning and preparation goes into an open house, and it can be easy to forget some critical elements. Before the doors open, be absolutely sure you’ve secured the following items in a safe, alternate location:
1. Prescription drugs. Remember that strangers are going to visit your home, and while we like to think they’re all interested buyers, there’s always the possibility that someone will comb through your medicine cabinet. Pain pills and ADD/ADHD drugs are common targets.
2. Guns. The last thing you want to walk out the door is a weapon. Don’t assume your weapon is well-hidden. If they’re not absolutely inaccessible and secure, they need to be stored off the premises.
3. Personal information. Don’t leave personal information like mail or bills out in the open where anyone can see it.
4. Valuables. Remember to gather up keys, credit cards, jewelry, crystal, furs, and other valuables from the home and store them securely elsewhere. Same goes for highly portable antiques. Do not expect privacy. Your closet and jewelry box might be subject to prying eyes.
5. Computers. Be sure to lock down your computer and lock up your laptop and any other expensive, easy-to-pocket electronics, like iPods.
6. Animals. There’s no such thing as an open-house-friendly pet, especially where allergies and personal preferences are concerned. It’s best to find a temporary place for them to stay off the property during the open house.
7. Political and religious material. You don’t want to eliminate buyers with polarizing messages. Double check the fridge, and put these items away for a few hours.
When it comes to open houses, I want to make sure they go off without a hitch for you. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.