For Sale by Owner Open House Ideas


Here are a few for sale by owner open house ideas when you sell a house.


We'll first look at some ideas of what should be available for the people that view your house.


I've also added a few optional open house tips that you may consider.


The Should Have For Sale by Owner Open House Ideas


  • Feature sheets


  • Plot plan Example Here, or real property report Example Here, if you have one available showing property lines. (These are called different names depending where you live)



For more open house information, just select any one of the photo links below.

Front of white house ready for showings

Preparing and showing a home during an open house

Open house directional sandwich sign

What to say and not to say to buyers at an open house

Red and white open house directional sign pointing at house for sale

Should I have an open house?

Gold house logo with red sold sign

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  • Copy of the utility bills. If people are interested they will probably ask the costs and it's nice to have actual statements to show

  • Colored photos of your property during different seasons. This is especially helpful if you live in the colder climates and you can show how lovely the gardens look in summer.

  • For sale by owner contracts. Always be prepared. You want them to be state specific, up to date and written by real estate lawyers. Too obtain some of these check out For Sale by Owner Contract Forms.

Important For Sale by Owner

Open House Ideas Side Note

When you sell a house for sale by owner, always keep your photos on printed ads, websites, and features sheets, in the current season.


There is nothing worse than running an ad in the newspaper, or on a website, with a photo of your property showing 3 feet of snow on the ground in the middle of summer!


It makes me shudder just thinking about it! I've seen this done far too often, and mostly by real estate agents.

Woman welcoming young couple in for open house

The Might Consider Having Ideas


  • Snacks such as donuts or cookies

  • Coffee, tea, soda, juice or bottled water

  • Throw-away slip-on footwear for guests

  • List of schools, shopping, parks etc in the area

  • A sign stating “Please remove your shoes at the entrance. Thank-you”


The Don't Have For Sale by Owner Open House Ideas List


  • Pets such as dogs or cats. Fish OK :)

  • Younger children

  • TV blaring in the background. LIGHT music in the background is great but careful of selection.

  • Strong smells from the last meal you ate i.e.: fish, curry, cabbage etc.

  • Unmade beds or unclean bathrooms

These next for sale by owner open house ideas when you are selling your house are tougher to control, but you might want to ask your neighbor not to cut their winter supply of wood on the day of the open house with "Chuck's" new 300hp chainsaw, or ask them nicely not to burn trash in their homemade fire pit that day!



What Affects the Number of Visitors?


Everything is ready for your open house and all you are waiting for is your excited visitors.


How many visitors you receive, will depend on several factors. Here is a partial list.


  • The real estate market conditions

A Visitor's Comment

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How many visitors you receive, will depend on several factors. Here is a partial list.


  • The real estate market conditions

  • The weather conditions

  • The number of houses available in your area

  • The price range of your house


  • The neighborhood you live in

  • How much exposure you prepared


  • First open house or fifth?

As you can see there are many factors that determine the number of people that attend your open house.


You only need one buyer, so it`s not so much the quantity as it is the quality of the attendees.


If you have an open house where there are zero people that attend, what do you do?


Well, you have to stay available, so another of the for sale by owner open house ideas would be to read more of this web-site.


All kidding aside, this may, and does happen. You should just make the best of things and try another time.


If you have a few people in and they are spaced out, this is no problem.


You can spend more time with each visitor, and get a better read on their Body Language.


If you are very busy with people arriving in groups, you need to take control of the situation.


Another of my for sale by owner open house ideas is if you have a 2, 3 or 4 level home as an example, you might want to share duties.


If you are a couple you can each take a level or 2 levels each. This will ensure that someone is keeping an eye out at all times, and people are not getting ignored.


Although it is actually very rare that a thief will arrive, you should take some precautions.


Don`t leave cash or credit cards laying around tempting someone.


Important for sale by owner open house ideas include locking up any valuables that would be easy to walk out with. Just use common sense.



The Big Scare Tactic


One of the many scare tactics that real estate agents will use is the everyone is a crook or a serial killer!


They use this to try and discourage you from going "for sale by owner".


Think about this.


If there were so many thieves going to open houses, how come you don`t hear about all the houses being robbed blind when the real estate agents are doing open houses?


What do you think would be safer if your house was on the market.


A) One bored agent sitting in the kitchen doing paperwork saying; "Have a look around". "If you have any questions I'll be happy to answer them."?


or


B) A for sale by owner couple of a two level house with one person on each level watching the guests view the property?


Thieves work in the dark. They work when no one is home. They don't want to be identified.


Great for sale by owner open house ideas, means using common sense.


For the Record


Just as a note, during 13 years as a real estate agent, I only recall 2 incidents where something was stolen at either an open house or a private viewing, in the areas I was selling.



There were zero incidents reported to me during the 4 years I had the for sale by owner company.


The 2 incidents above, both involved other real estate agents.


Sounds like a huge crime wave doesn't it? If it was such a big problem, I don't think I'd want a real estate agent doing an open house for me either!



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