You've prepped all of your materials - your paperwork, sign placements, refreshments (optional) and other supplies you may need, just in case. Your outfit is ready to go the night before. You allotted yourself excess time for hiccups. Your commute went as planned, placing signs went as planned and your open house is ready for guests! Your open house is a hit and you've gotten lots of leads. This is how all open houses should be like!
However, mine was not. Everything was smooth sailing until I reached the exit I needed to take. Turns out, my open house location had a lot of street closures that day which made it very difficult to keep to my timeline. I made adjustments and carried on - positively I will add. At one point, I made a very wrong turn that put me right back in the heart of the traffic jam. Frustrated - I almost burst into tears. Thankfully, a colleague allowed me to vent out my frustrations so I could carry on. Alas, I returned to the property a half hour after the start time. I was ready! Then no one came.
While my first open house wasn't the most successful experience, I definitely learned a lot. Here are my do's and don'ts to having your first ever open house.
DO: Prep your material -know the property's specs -have a plan of where you'll want to put out signs -have a list of comps for nearby properties that may interest potential open house guests
DO: Know the area -what are the best restaurants/cafes in the area? -are there recreational businesses nearby? -how is parking in the area?
DO: Walkthrough the property -turn on all the lights -make sure the property is clean, neat and organized -check the bathrooms and make sure it looks presentable (toilet lid down, please)
DON'T: Dwell on your mistakes -you're human, just learn from it and grow -if you forgot something, note it to not forget it again -if you didn't have enough time to put out all the signs, give yourself more time for the next open house -if you didn't know the answer to a guest's question and winged it, learn more about the subject at hand and be prepared the next time
You're probably going to feel a lot of different emotions before, during, and after your first open house. That's okay - each realtor/real estate agent has experienced something similar. Just be kind and welcoming without being too intrusive and you'll do just fine.
Author:Paulina Le Phone: 215-460-8044 Dated: March 11th 2019 Views: 54 About Paulina: Paulina Le is a native Philadelphian, South Philadelphia to be exact. Throughout her adolescence, sh...
I have 11 years’ experience in residential and commercial properties throughout the Philadelphia area and inner ring suburbs. In my former life, I practiced law in Philadelphia in the areas of Premises and Products Liability, which translated beautifully into having a deep understanding of how houses “work” and Contract Law, not to mention being in the midst of my second personal renovation.
I live with my family in Germantown in a Queen Anne and previously lived in Fishtown until 2011. I'm the President of the West Germantown Neighborhood Association as well as a member of the zoning committee. I am originally a native of Rochester, NY (go Wegmans!) and attended undergrad at Eugene Lang in New York City and Univ ersity of Rochester, where I received a BA in Political Science in 1998. I attended Law School at State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law where I received a Juris Doctor in 2003 and became a member of the PA Bar as well in 2003. I practiced in Philly for 2 1/2 years before making the leap to real estate, my true love.
I am a dog fanatic with a beautiful Husky/Collie (I'd guess?) mix at home…I can most likely find you a rescue dog too if you’d like one for your home! I am a sucker for old homes with original details, back staircases, stained glass but love elements of most periods of design. When I’m not selling houses, I can most often be found hanging out with my two young daughters at all the kid hot spots in town.
2017 and 2012 Space & Company Top Producer Transactions Award
2017 Space & Company Year Over Year Sales Growth Award
2016 Best Realtor-Philadelphia Home Magazine
2013-2017 Five Star Real Estate Professional Award
2012-2017 Best Realtor Philly Happening List finalist
2014 Best of Trulia Award
2014 & 2016 Space & Company Leadership Award
2013 Space & Company Top Producer Sales Volume