Hosting Your Own FSBO Open House? Here Are Some Pointers You Won’t Want to Miss!

Tips For Hosting Your Very Own Open House

The first thing you should do, is scope out the competition. Actually go, and visit other open houses in your neighborhood. See how other homes are staged and listen to what the real estate agents say. Make note of the features they point out. Realtors hand out brochures to everyone who attends their open houses, and you should do the same thing. Be sure to include things such as:

  • The address
  • The list price
  • Agent’s contact information
  • House description
  • Photos
  • What the taxes are
  • Overall square footage
  • How many rooms
  • What appliances are included
  • If there are any outdoor spaces
  • Any special features about the house
  • Neighborhood information 
  • Local schools 

You’ve probably heard of “staging.” Keep these in mind, that your home must be spotless and clutter-free. You should fix what’s broken, make smart updates, and of course, stage. Top real estate agents tap their extensive networks to target buyers and get them into their clients’ houses. Unless you too are well-connected, getting the word out about your open house can be a challenge. Try these tips:

  • Let everybody you know that your home is for sale
  • Use social media, your church, or any activities that you do, to advertise your house
  • Put a “For Sale” sign in your yard
  • Make a website to showcase your house
  • Put your house on Craigslist, and in the newspaper
  • Put flyers at the gym, coffee houses, and any other public places
  • Include phenomenal photos
  • Add a personal tour to YouTube
  • Put the property in the MLS
  • Place signs around the neighborhood advertising the open house

Buyers are turned off by a seller hanging around the open house, but when you’re a FSBO, they expect to work directly with you. One thing that should not go unmentioned, is the issue of pets. If you have pets, put them in doggie daycare for the day. They should not be present during an open house…ever! Be sure to also hide any valuables you have, as well as prescription medications. You never know who you’re going to have in your house; after all, they are total strangers. For more interesting and helpful tips, check out NOLO’s article on Holding an Open House.

One Reply to “Hosting Your Own FSBO Open House? Here Are Some Pointers You Won’t Want to Miss!”

  1. It’s tough to know what to do in this situation, because when you have a realtor, the unspoken rule is that you should be nowhere near the premises when buyers are looking at it. So now, you have to ignore that information, which is tough because you wonder what to do or say. You don’t want to scare off buyers but you won’t want them to think you’re desperate. Your best bet is to prepare as best you can, with the tools listed above in the article, and be yourself.

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