Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't... no need. I don't do open houses. But I always do have WD40 and a tape measure in my car, as well as a roll of paper towels.

Aug 20, 2018 08:07 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Open houses are not my thing but my toolbox has pretty much anything you could imagine. It resides in the wheel well of my truck and swings out. I freaking love my toolbox!

Aug 20, 2018 07:31 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

How about booties?  A sign asking for attendees to take off their shoes or use the booties? Open house signs. A sign up sheet for attendeess to give you their contact information. A hot spot so you can look up listings for your attendees at the home plus, of course, your lap top. A home book on the property. 

Aug 20, 2018 07:55 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I have a box of many things in my car ... I do not consider it an open house box.  

Aug 20, 2018 08:22 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I do not. But I have not been doing houses lately.

Aug 20, 2018 08:00 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I'll have to look, but off the top of my head, my bag includes: sign riders, zip ties, a multi-tool, paper towels, window cleaner, Clorox wipes, trash bags, doggie poop bags, toilet paper, tape measure and eucalyptus house spray.

Aug 20, 2018 07:37 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

Note pad or paper to capture visitors information.  

Aug 20, 2018 07:30 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't do open houses but since I am almost aloways showing empty new homes I do have a complete bathroom kit.

Aug 20, 2018 07:25 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

No I avoid Open Houses based on the fact that they seldom result it a SALE at least for the home seller the surveys year after year by the NAR show only 1-3% of homes sell from an Open House so there are better ways to market a house.

Aug 26, 2018 05:49 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I don't do open houses myself, but I do keep stuff in a bag - camera, extra batteries, jumper cables, ratchet straps and bungee cords, Pepcid and Ibupropen

Aug 20, 2018 10:24 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Throw in a scent candle, bottled water, vise grips or channel locks, a small tool kit, duct tape and business cards...add as things present themselves

Aug 20, 2018 09:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love how you are prepared for everything.  In commercial real estate our open houses were catered, we just hat to show up, be gracious and answer questions.  A

Aug 20, 2018 09:33 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I do not keep an Open House box or bag Lise Howe.  I do keep in my vehicle a broom, Windex and paper towels, and a small vac.  The only item that I would have that you mentioned was a tape measure. 

Aug 20, 2018 08:40 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Lisa, I have a box with items I usually need when showing listings - mine or somebody else's - a measuring tape, a flashlight, paper towels, scissors, and plastic cable ties (I attach riders with them to the signs).

The open house items I put in the car on the day of the open house. 

Aug 20, 2018 08:39 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Lynnea Miller - I forgot to add in the booties - great suggestion - thanks for the reminder

Aug 20, 2018 07:57 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Have not done an open house in many years; however, good idea to have a kit like you have put together.

Aug 20, 2018 07:47 AM
Kevin & Cindy Kenagy
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Salem, OR
Helping people buy and sell their homes.


Neither, I make them up as I do open houese and then when done take out of my car. I only keep buyers and listing packages in the car case I run into someone on the street looking to buy or sell.

Aug 20, 2018 07:17 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No, I prefer to be fully prepared when holding open house activities with lots of signage, etc.

Aug 20, 2018 07:15 AM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Add Zip Ties, we just needed those. I also have a simple tool kit I keep in the car for unexpected issues. 

Aug 20, 2018 10:33 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Open house bag? no.  A real estate bag yes.  Hammer, nails, block of wood for driving signs down.  My wife's is more extensive because she shows property.

Aug 20, 2018 10:32 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Something to wash your hands with, water, band aids, change of shoes.

I don't like to do this because it all gets melted over the summer.

Aug 20, 2018 10:27 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Good tips.

Aug 20, 2018 10:15 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

My box (for real estate in general) also includes hand sanitizer, shoe covers, disposable gloves and face masks.  I also carry a few water bottles.


I also have a "break down kit" that includes a lantern, pillow and blanket.

Aug 20, 2018 09:01 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I keep some shoe covers and a few folding chairs handy.

Aug 20, 2018 08:53 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I did that for new construction, once the plumbing was connected.... 

Aug 20, 2018 08:19 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

WD40, tape measure, notepads, pens, febreze for sure

Aug 24, 2018 04:24 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not have a tool box for the open house. I always take a sign in sheet and pens and business cards.  I take bottled water in summer.

Aug 21, 2018 06:10 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do not.

Aug 20, 2018 08:03 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hi, Lise

      You might find some tips in this blog post I wrote "Open House Checklist"

Aug 20, 2018 07:08 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD


Let me know when you are having a nearby open house and you are serving chocolate chip cookies.

Aug 20, 2018 11:46 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

A printed map of SFBA. Not all areas have GPS.

Promotional materials. Tool bag, plumbing repairs, emergency repair, lock boxes(bike chain). Riders, Rags. Many women carries a mace or teaser. Man-gun.  I don't carry a weapon.




Aug 20, 2018 08:59 AM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Lise, not really for open houses, but we do have a couple of containers with a variety of lockboxes, measuring tapes, and large hammer and spike for pounding in yard signs.

Aug 26, 2018 05:21 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I do not do many open houses.

Aug 25, 2018 05:26 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

No I do not

Aug 21, 2018 08:07 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't.

Aug 21, 2018 06:26 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Lise Howe - no, I don't. I have 'Open House' signs in my trunk - but that's it!

Aug 20, 2018 10:02 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Papaer towels in my car all the time. Thinking of adding WD40! As for open houses, don't do them!

Aug 20, 2018 04:29 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I don't like to hold open houses but I do have signs and sign in forms readily available.

Aug 20, 2018 03:38 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I keep my basket in a cabinet in the garage. I have disposible cups, plates, utensils and napkins, serving dishes/platters & serving utensils, directional signs, my bucket for waters (that I pack with ice at the house and it reminds me to grab the ice and the water out of the garage fridge!), my most current magazines and a business card holder.

The other items you mentioned travel with me normally!

Aug 20, 2018 03:33 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Good idea

Aug 20, 2018 12:47 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Zip ties (sign repair, etc)

Heavy towel (in case of rain and not entry rug)

Booties. If ever a remove shoes instruction appears I encourage everyone to turn around and leave. That is a bunch of 'HOOYEE."

I have a laser measure but it never appears for an open house. TO pull it out means they are MY CLIENT.

Knock down wasp spray. I hand that to Sasquatch to administer.

Signs Signs and more signs. I use signs printer on Polyester fabric. Very lightweight and compact. I can fit 20 signs in the glove box. I wonder why the still call it a glove box? Has ANYONE put a glove in there?

Now, no open house is worth doing without a PURPOSE. So the OH box will need to have the props to support the purpose.

Hydration. Since I'm a smart cookie and don't do time wasting open houses it means I need a team to make the purpose a reality. So, the OH box must contain rewards for the team. Sasquatch gets grumpy when he's thirsty or hungry.

Those who did not self-select during the walk through need to receive the special invitation. That way everyone gets the personal touch.

Know that follow up depends on capturing the right information. Make the exchange is of value.

Aug 20, 2018 10:53 AM