Open House Checklist

Holding an open house, either for local brokers or for the public, is a great opportunity for buyer agents, potential buyers, neighbors, and other interested parties to view your home. One of your strongest marketing elements is word of mouth, so putting your best face forward at an open house can get people talking about how beautiful it is to their friends and even social media followers.

Your broker will help you market your open house and hold the home open during the scheduled hours. In addition, they will provide any needed information to potential buyers and their agents and follow up with them after the event.

Your job will be to make sure your home looks its best on the day of the open house. Do the following to make your open house as effective as possible.


  • Make sure the lawn is freshly trimmed and edged
  • Remove all cars from the driveway
  • Make sure windows are clean
  • Stow garbage cans and visible pet supplies in the garage, basement, or under a cabinet.



  • Make sure the home is freshly cleaned. If possible, have professional cleaners in the morning of the open house.
  • Board pets or leave with pet sitter off-site
  • Clean closets, shelves, and cupboards
  • Clean out the refrigerator and discard outdated items
  • Secure prescription medications
  • Clear surfaces thoroughly, including
    • removing refrigerator magnets
    • removing counter clutter and small appliances
    • removing decorative items from tabletops
    • removing personal items from bathroom vanities and sinks
  • Open all window shades and curtains to bring in as much natural light as possible.
  • Replace burned-out and low wattage light bulbs and turn on lamps and overhead lights throughout the home.

Need more ideas for getting your home open-house ready? We’re here to ensure your home shows at its very best. Contact us for more information.

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