This has always been a dilemma. Do we or don't we hold an open house?
Here are a few things to consider:
Pro's: Home sellers who allow their Realtor to hold an open house benefits from greater exposure, and the open house allows agents to bring in clients over a 3 or 4 hour period instead of scheduling an appointment. The seller would rather vacate the premises for a single event, rather than every time the agent schedules a showing.
Con's: Agents could be focused on meeting potential new clients rather than focusing on selling the home. Items could be stolen by unscrupulous visitors, and a large volume of traffic in and out could result in damage or wear and tear on the floors.
So if you are a seller who is willing to hold an open house, you should leave with their pets during the open house time frame, ensure the home is neat and clean, use lighting and temperature to create a comfortable atmosphere, and remove any fragile objects or valuables.
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