My open house checklist

By
Real Estate Agent with Rise Realty 3238238

Below is a checklist that I use for open houses that is saved in my Evernote app.

When I first created the list I left "obvious" items, like my mobile phone, off of the list, but I found that including everything that I could think of, even the obvious, was better than not including something and then forgetting to bring it with me to the open house. Having a thorough list helps me to be prepared and confident for my open house.

If you have anything you would like to add, please feel free to do so in the comments section.   

  • Signs
  • Lap top & plug
  • Phone & plug
  • Kindle
  • Supra key
  • Extension cord
  • Sign in sheets
  • MLS sheet
  • Clip board
  • Property pamphlets
  • Pens
  • Business cards
  • Snacks
  • Napkins
  • Water
  • E-mail, social media blast
  • Garbage bag
  • Multi-tool

Comments (34)

DALIA KIBBY
Sellstate Partners Realty - Cooper City, FL
Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!

Great list!

Aug 25, 2014 09:11 AM
Eren Millam
Realty World Cosser & Associates, Inc. - Chehalis, WA
Certified Negotiation Expert

Little booties for people who don't want to take their shoes off. It is interesting that some people don't take their shoes off when viewing a home, but they do for their own home.

Aug 25, 2014 09:23 AM
Dona Crane
Keller Williams Lincoln Square - Chicago, IL

Thanx for sharing your list with us, Andrew! ...and for reminding me to save it to my EN!

Aug 25, 2014 11:06 AM
Andrew Garofalo
Rise Realty - Pompano Beach, FL

I didn't realize the issue re scented candles. I always left it up to the homeowner to use them or not since I did not want to bring any in that were offensive to them, but I guess the prospects might not like them either, so maybe its better to not have any.  Baked cookies instead?  

Aug 25, 2014 11:40 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Good list and added suggestions in the comments. TP is always on my list plus plenty of water to share with visitors. If the house is unfurnished or minimally furnished I always bring a few folding chairs.

Aug 25, 2014 01:48 PM
Andrea HoffDomin
Florida Dream Homes Realty - Fort Lauderdale, FL
- in Real Estate always on your side!

Congratulation to your post and good luck for your next open house.

Sunny greetings from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Aug 26, 2014 08:53 PM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Andrew, great list. Let your preferred lender know you will be doing an open house and ask if he will be available to pre-qualify potential buyers. (The buying process info sheet with your lender's info and yours for buyers to take home.)

Aug 26, 2014 10:54 PM
Andrew Garofalo
Rise Realty - Pompano Beach, FL
Katina Hargrove great comment!
Aug 26, 2014 11:56 PM
Mary Stewart
Keller Williams Atlantic Partners/Southside - Jacksonville, FL

I am with you.  I write everything down on my list or I will forget something.  I always bring a broom and dustpan, just in case someone makes a mess and a few paper towels.

Aug 27, 2014 01:31 AM
Marcie Sandalow
Marcie Sandalow, Compass 301.758.4894 - Bethesda, MD
Bethesda Chevy Chase DC real estate

How about a wi-fi password from the seller?  I always forget to ask. 

Aug 27, 2014 11:08 AM
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Love the idea of doing on the mobile app side.   Lists are my life these days or I will forget.

Aug 27, 2014 10:24 PM
Cheryl Johnson
Highland Park, CA

A big yes on bringing a couple folding chairs if the house is unfurnished.  As one "matures" standing for several hours does get a bit exhausting.... :-)

 

Aug 28, 2014 04:00 AM
Deleted Account
Fort Myers, FL

I believer in making a list too, but I would add a couple of things to the list and leave a couple of things off.  I would add folding table, chairs, radio and gifts.  I would leave off laptop, extension cord, snacks and napkins. 

 

The folding table and chairs are for vacant homes.  A radio is played with soft background music.  I usually staple business cards to pot holders and give them out as a thank you for stopping by, as I can get them for $1 each.

 

I have yet to do an open house that I needed an extension cord.  As for snacks and napkins, I tried snacks and I got a few people that came and ate my food, but didn't even look at the home, so I stopped bringing snacks.  I know someone that brought their laptop to their open house and while he was showing the upstairs, someone stole it.  If I need to bring up something on the internet, I will either do it on my phone or make arrangements to meet the guests after the open house.

Aug 28, 2014 04:33 AM
Barry Kessler
Pinnacle Estate Properties, Inc. - Simi Valley, CA
Barry Kessler

Good list. I keep most of my open house stuff in a bag that I lug to all of my open houses. I even have a stapler and scotch tape. 

Aug 28, 2014 06:01 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Lists are a great way to stay organized, and also, like you said, helps to ensure that you don't forget anything.

Aug 28, 2014 04:02 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Great list. I would add toilet paper if you are holding OH on a vacant home. Without fail, there is always a family who will ask me if their kid can use the bathroom.

I also carry along a short broom...in case there is some assistance needed to improve the curb appeal.

Aug 29, 2014 02:50 AM
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

I use an iPad, and have my clients sign in there, but I do keep it with me. And I water (and keep in refrig) it has been warm here!

 

Aug 30, 2014 01:20 AM
AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

Great List.. I will take your help for sure.... would you bake some cookies for that extra sense of  home-sweet-home?

Aug 30, 2014 04:43 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I always have a bag of Tootsie Rolls for children who promise to listen to their parents after entering and again upon leaving. Most parents allow their children to accept the candy. It's beneficial for everybody during an open house IMO.

Aug 31, 2014 04:25 AM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

Between your post and the comments a great combination for anyone starting open houses! 

Sep 08, 2014 02:02 PM