Real estate experts have listed the following as some of the worst mistakes homeowners can make before and during open houses, and other home showings.

Please don’t decide to have a dinner party before an open house showing. This is not the time to cook fish. No candle will be able to musk the smell. This also counts for any other smells, even those that are scented to intentionally make the house smell nice. However, an air freshener like Febreze may be necessary for masking odors, especially pet odors, without making it seem that you are hiding something.

Speaking of pets and their odors, having real-life pets present during an open house or showing is a really bad idea. Aside from the fact that many people are allergic to pets, it completely distracts the buyer from properly being able to make a sound decision on how they feel about the house.

It probably goes without saying that no seller should be around during a showing or open house. No one wants a seller leading the walk-through, telling them all about the house. For all practical and mental purposes..the buyer does not want you there. And honestly, neither does your agent. The buyer will be so focused on when you will leave that they can’t pay attention.

Sellers need to give themselves plenty of time to prepare their house, and, to leave in advance of an open house. Please be sure to keep your home clean at all times. Your agent could show the house at any minute, and your home must be prepared for it.

If your home is in no way staged, or ready for showings, then your home shouldn’t be on the market. Some buyers try to get around this by blocking certain rooms from being seen, which is shocking. The objective is to grant buyers relatively free access to see and fall in love with your home.

Every day, you should be sure that you are not leaving any messes anywhere, and that you are cleaning up everything, from dishes in the sink to your pet, or children’s toys. Be sure you also hide the cleaning supplies so that they are not out in the open.

There is no need to leave notes to point out various features around the home. It can be distracting to someone coming through to see a note taped on the wall explaining various features of the home.

It’s essential that lights are turned on, window blinds and curtains are open, and the temperature is set accordingly. Buyers don’t like coming into dark spaces, and tend to have a much more positive reaction when homes are light and bright.

One of the most important things to remember, in terms of showings, is that exposure is key to selling your home. Be flexible and try to allow showings whenever requested. Of course, you have a life, but you don’t want to risk having the buyers skip your home because you didn’t let them in when it was convenient. They’ll simply move on to the next listing.

Watch this great video on What are the Worst Open House Mistakes? and check out this article on Open Houses That Work.

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  1. Please don’t be at the open house. Truly, there is no reason that you should be walking around with the buyers. If you are home, go for a walk, go on the deck, really anything. Showings are scheduled. You know when someone is going to be at your home. One of the only exceptions I can think of, is if your child is in bed with a 104 fever. Oh, and take the dog to the neighbors house.

    I really like this article. I’m always just amazed at what sellers are capable of when it comes to interacting with the buyers.

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