Open houses are a bit of a confusing prospect for many home sellers. Some real estate agents swear by them, while others don’t ever hold open houses. The question is: where do you stand on the open house debate? Open houses certainly have a purpose in today’s real estate market. They can draw a big crowd and generate loads of interest. However, on the opposite end, they can attract no more than curious neighbors and passers by.
- The first thing we all know is that we must prepare in advance for an open house for our Bexar County property. The house has to be in pristine condition and it has to be staged to show well. After all, the point of an open house is to wow potential buyers the moment they walk through the door.
- Secondly, you must be prepared to leave the house for the duration of the open house. And, because open houses are typically done on a weekend day, this could seriously cut into your down time. Most open houses last about four hours, so expect to be gone at least that long.
- Next, you can never be sure of your open house turnout. You can prepare for days and leave the house for the better part of a Saturday or Sunday only to have little or no people show. And, as always, you’re at the mercy of the weather. Have an open house during adverse weather conditions and you can be sure most buyers have chosen to stay home.
- Finally, you must be prepared for strangers to tour your home; many of whom have absolutely no interest in purchasing a home. Many sellers are more than reluctant to open their doors for an open house knowing that a stream of strangers will be marching through their home, looking through their kitchen cupboards and bedroom closets.