Open House Checklist

Real Estate Agent Ohio

⌂       Park cars away from home

⌂       Remove debris from walk-ways

⌂       What is your first impression looking onto home? 

⌂       Remove any unpleasant items, make home free of clutter.

⌂       Have multiple guest registration books and pens.

⌂       Have adequate brochures or flyers on the property.

          This should include pictures, room sizes, maintenance/improvements, financing options,

          Neighborhood information, schools, shopping, recreation.        

⌂       Make list of items to point out or watch out for (such as pets, uneven flooring, hazards)

⌂       Make a list of questions for buyers.

⌂       Set up materials on visible table or counter

⌂       Turn on all lights, use high power bulbs where feasible.

⌂       Open window coverings if view outside is appealing.

⌂       Open windows and sliding doors, if appropriate.

⌂       Close Toilet lids in bathrooms

⌂       Slightly open doors on very organized closets.

⌂       Make sure all hinged & sliding doors open easily

⌂       Play same soft music in every room

⌂       Remove valuables from home if possible, otherwise place in secure area.

⌂       Place prescription drugs in secure area.

⌂       Kitchens and baths should be spotless and fresh.

⌂       Have blank purchase agreements, addendums and property disclosures available.

⌂       Have a copy of the plat, property deed, utility bills, covenants, restrictions,

Association fees and documents.

⌂       Walk thru each room with childs eye and remove items to prevent injury or breakage.

⌂       If using candles, make sure they are out of reach of children.

⌂       Unplug power tools that could be activated by visitors

⌂       Make sure fences are secure.

⌂       Remove personal photos.

⌂       Do not include personal items of value in photos take for flyers.

⌂       Make sure sidewalks and porches are free of ice and snow.

⌂       Place interior area rugs inside entry doors.

⌂       Remove or cage family pets.

⌂       Have children visit friend during showings.

⌂       Have an exit strategy, always have an unlocked door between you and visitor.

For additional information about preparing your home for open house, staging your home, please feel free to email or call.

Vicky Carlton


All Done Auction Co., LLC

513 417-2976


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Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
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Some very relevant, nice, info Vicky.  I hope you included this on so consumers can benefit from these tips!
Mar 26, 2007 12:17 PM #1
Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN

Ok, good information, I can see lots of people copying and putting this somewhere handy.  Way to go.

Mar 30, 2007 11:05 AM #2
Robert Thomas
Fairfax Realty Inc - Columbia, SC
Vicky, this checklist is the most comprehensive I have seen. I'm just going to throw out my old one. You have common sense and safety on one list.
Jun 30, 2007 11:38 AM #3
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