Open House Do’s & Don’ts to get your Kamloops Home SOLD

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Real Estate Kamloops

signWhen selling your Kamloops house there will be open houses.  While these may seem a nuisance that interfere with your busy daily life, they are a necessity for getting people in and seeing your beautiful home who may otherwise not have taken the initiative to see it.  

Besides the open houses, there will also be agents bringing potential buyers into your home during the week and at different times of the day.  Here's a list a list of do's and don'ts for you to follow when Eric Putoto tells you he'd like to hold an open house.   If you'll be living in the house while it's on the market, you will be visited by other agents bringing their potential buyers to have a viewing and this list applies then too.


This tops the list: Your house needs to be clean, white glove clean. The kind of clean like when your mom comes to visit.  And it needs to stay like this ALL THE TIME.  Of course if you have a family with little children this will be hard!  Normal people will understand that life happens at your house but keep it as clean and uncluttered as humanly possible.

Do keep the toilet lid down. Although I'm sure the toilets are clean, no one wants to see the inside of someone else's toilet bowl.  If they are curious, they can raise the seat to inspect.

 Do follow your real estate agent's instructions regarding what you should do when an agent wants to bring prospective buyers over to see the house.  Image is everything, baby.

Do make all the beds in the house every day. This is an important habit to get into because an unmade bed denotes overall sloppiness which is a HUGE turnoff to buyers. This can be one source of great family teamwork.

Do keep your kitchen tidy and dirty dishes out of sight.  But remember, potential buyers may be looking in the dishwasher and ovens so don't pile dirty dishes into them.

Do keep an empty laundry basket that you can use to scoop up anything that needs to be out of sight for the times when a real estate agent calls you from their parked car down the street and wants to bring their buyers by in T minus 5 minutes and counting.  If you need to, take this basket with you when you leave the house.

Do know that some people will look in your closets.  Don't shove all your dirty clothes and kids toys in the closets.  People want to see that there's storage space in your closets and won't be able to see past the piles of stuff that you shove in there last minute.


Don't cook foods that leave a lingering and distasteful smell in the air.  Baking chocolate chip cookies will only go so far to mask a cooking odor that hangs in the air like fish.  Unless you are prepared to turn down an agent when they want to bring potential buyers in during dinner hours, keep cooking less desired aromatic dishes to a minimum.

Don't leave things lying around that buyers can trip over like: hoses, wires, baby toys, or pets.  Which brings up my next point ....

Believe it or not, some people will not appreciate your cat or dog in their new potential home.  It's really best to not to have any pets in the house. You never know how someone feels about certain animals; including hamsters, mice and all reptiles.

DO NOT hang around during an open house.  Prospective buyers tend to get a little ansy when the owner follows them from room to room. After the open house, your realtor will give you a rundown of who came by and how they felt about your home.  During the open house, go to a movie, the park or shopping.  Please stay away during the open house and let Eric Putoto do his magic.

Don't forget that you can always hide stuff in your dryer and even in the trunk of your car. Potential buyers will be none the wiser and they will be able to see your house for all it's worth without trying to overlook the clutter.

Happy Open House!

When you are looking for an agent who will effectively market your home, contact   Eric Putoto and his team of realtors at Platinum Realty.

Eric Putoto is the ONLY Canadian Realtor and Brokerage owner to have been granted an exclusive license for the most advanced home selling system ever developed: The "Maximum Value Home Selling & Buying SystemsTM."

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Comments (2)

Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

These are great tips for homeowners to keep in mind to have a successful open house.  It also applies to showings as well.  Great list!

Jan 19, 2011 02:28 AM
Eric Putoto
RE/MAX Real Estate Kamloops - Kamloops, BC
Personal Real Estate Corporation

Thanks, Karen, I appreciate your feedback.

Jan 19, 2011 05:29 AM