By Doherty • July 5th, 2011
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When selling your property house sale by owner you will ultimately hold your own real estate open house.  Even if you are using the services of a realtor, knowing and understanding how to hold an open house maybe the icing on the cake so to speak, that gets your property sold.

Whether you are selling your personal residence or you are selling one of your real estate investing properties, I have written below 12 different points or ideas that you can use to help you set up and run your own open house.

1. The best time to hold an Open House when selling by owner or not is on Saturday and Sunday 1:00pm-4:00pm

2. Capture perspective buyers contact information from everyone who views your home through the use of a guess list, that perspective buyers will fill out.

3. Open all curtains or blinds and turn lights on.  Allow as much light into each room as possible.

4. Play nice easy listening music in your home wherever possible.

5. Depending on the time of year a warm fireplace can be a welcoming touch.

6. OPEN HOUSE flags and signs will draw attention to the home and make it easy to find.For sale by owner signs should always be utilized.

7. Run an ad in your local paper or in any free classified ads on the internet for your area.

8. Buyers will want to see a neat and clean home inside and out. A freshly painted home inside and outside not only looks cleaner but can add value to your home.

9. Your garage will look larger if there are no vehicles inside. Make sure the garage is neat and clean and your vehicles are parked on the street and not in the garage.

10. Clean up your property outside, and put all toys and garden tools away also.

11. Just prior to the start of your open house water the grass in the front and rear of your home.

12. Keeping your pets out of the way is a good idea as not everyone is a pet lover.

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