Happy Open House!
We are so excited that you have begun your journey towards selling your house. This is a huge step that we know must have taken a lot of time and consideration. Do not be afraid, be excited; this is the start of a wonderful new chapter in your life.
Open Houses are a lot of fun. You get to stage your home to look its absolute best, share with others all the things you love so much about your property, and you get to start seeing offers roll in. However, hosting an open house comes with an element of risk. After all, there will be complete strangers wandering around your home.
Most realtors will welcome potential buyers but let them explore on their own to make them feel comfortable. This means there is a potential for something to be stolen or damaged. Do not get too nervous. It is not as if people are free to carry out TV’s or beds. Your realtor will notice if something is going wrong. However, it is important to be aware of the risks and how to avoid them.
Theft is your biggest risk. Everyone has little things of financial and emotional value: jewellery, electronics, identification, heirlooms, etc.. These items are easy for someone to slide into their pockets or purse when no one is looking. To prevent this, start by locking away as many of these things as possible. Whether this means storing them at a trusted friend’s house while your home is on the market or investing in a lock box to hide in the closet, be diligent and take care of your valuables.
While your realtor may not guide people by the hand throughout your home, they certainly won’t leave potential buyers all alone. When we help host an open house we check in on potential buyers and never let them stray too far. If we hear anything suspicious we take immediate action. We are committed to finding great new owners for your home. Part of this is making sure your home stays in mint condition.
After a showing, do a scan of everything in the house. If something is missing or there is damage done that was not there before, make sure you tell your realtor. When clients tell us right away if they notice something is wrong, it makes it much easier for us to narrow down who could be the problem. We will do our due diligence, but you need to do the same.
Remember: rarely does anything problematic ever occur during an open house. However, it is better to take precaution where possible to eliminate the risk. If you have any questions about open house safety, do not hesitate to ask us!
Your Calgary, Bowness & Montgomery Realtor® Ken Richter
Your Real Estate Professional,