How to Plan the Best Possible Open House & Wow Potential Buyers

If you’re getting ready to list your home, then an open house is a great way to get tons of buyers through the door. In fact, if you play your cards right, you could even have a bidding war on your hands!

You want to make the best impression possible during your open house, which can be a lot of pressure. But don’t worry—we’re here to help. Take a look at these top tips for a successful open house, and let’s get started!

Get the Word Out

People pointing at a laptop screen.

A pretty important part of an open house is bringing in a crowd, so be sure to get the word out! Luckily, your agent can help with this by advertising on their social media pages, getting in touch with their contacts, and listing your home on their website.

But there are also ways that you can help out! Post your listing on social media channels, share it on platforms like Nextdoor, and even hang up some flyers around town. You’d be surprised at the difference that even the smallest outreach can make.

First Impressions Are Everything


A buyer’s first glimpse of your home will set the tone for the rest of the open house, so make sure your exterior and landscaping is up to par. Clean up the outside by power washing your siding and sidewalks, taking care of any weeds in your yard, and freshly mowing the lawn.

Once the maintenance is taken care of, turn things up a notch by setting out some potted plants, planting some colorful flowers, and adding in some fresh outdoor furniture or decor. Make the first impression one to remember!

Up Your Staging Game

A living room with plants on the coffee table.

The first step to any successful staging? Cleaning. Serious cleaning. You may not notice the dust bunnies in the corner or smudges on the fridge, but a buyer definitely will, so go all out and make every square inch shine.

As far as decor goes, a properly staged home should feel welcoming, but also leave the buyer with the ability to imagine themselves in the space. Reduce clutter to make the rooms feel more spacious, and take down things that are personal, like family photos or kids’ artwork.

Go the Extra Mile

Milk and cookies.

Whip out your best recipe and get to baking! Setting out some cookies or snacks will leave a good taste in the buyer’s mouth—both literally and metaphorically. Plus, if you finish up your baking the same day as the open house, you’ll fill your home with some sweet aromas that’ll put the buyers in even better moods.

Listen to Feedback

A staged living room.

You’ve probably gotten to be pretty attached to your home over the years, so hearing buyers walk through, comment on the negatives, then not make an offer can be discouraging. But try not to take it personally—instead, use it as fuel to find things you can improve upon!

Get a lot of comments on your color scheme? The smell of your home? The condition of the exterior? Focus on the small, fixable issues, and get to work making your home the best it can be.

Plan Your Open House Success

Open houses are an incredibly useful tool in the selling process, and you want yours to go off without a hitch. Luckily, the Tomlin St Cyr Team has plenty of experience with successful open houses, from helping you stage your home to marketing it on multiple platforms.

Ready to get started? Just give us a call!

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