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The Friends and Family House Tour for the New Homeowner

Congrats. You’ve purchased your new home. You’re all moved in and unpacked, and now you’re ready to host your first gathering for friends and family.

Are you ready to give THE tour?

Well, put on your REALTOR hat and take a few tips on what to say and do as you show your guests around your new home.

First things first: set the ground rules when they walk in. Do you take your shoes off at the front door? Ask your guests to do the same. It’s not going to offend them. It’s your house. Besides, how many people will respond, “Seriously? I ran through this muddy field for NOTHING??”

Now that the ground rules have been established, start the tour. As you lead them into the rooms, don’t state the obvious. “This is a table,” you say, as you point to a table. “And this here contraption is a door,” you proudly boast as your guests oooo and ahhhhh. Nope, not needed.

Focus on cosmetic items. Did you paint the walls? Ask them what they think of the color. Did you hang up some art, or slap on some peel-and-stick wallpaper? Ask them if they like it (warning: or don’t, if you have the type of friends who think they’re interior decorators and need to critique everything).

Lead your guests into the bigger rooms of your home- living rooms, bedrooms, basement, etc. – but don’t lead them into something like a bathroom or walk-in closet and corner yourself. Now you either have to squeeze past them or ask them to turn around and get out. Just step to the side of the entrance and gesture with your arm for them to take a look. More times than not, they’ll just lean into the room and take a quick glance.

Assuming you’ve already cleaned and prepared your home for guests, be mindful of things like laundry baskets sitting around in the open, overflowing garbage cans in an office (I’m guilty of this one), or unorganized/half-finished projects sitting around in pieces.

Side note: I once visited a friend for a housewarming party and noticed they still hadn’t finished putting together some of the furniture. After dinner I suggested we all turn it into a group session, and about six of us knocked the builds out within two hours.

You may remember from your open house tours or property visits with your agent that lights were often kept on, doors were propped, and windows were fully open. You don’t have to go to those lengths, especially with keeping the lights on, but don’t be afraid to show off your new home.

After all, it’s your party, your home, and your guests. I’m sure if they’ve been invited for this gathering it won’t be their last time in the home. Make them feel welcome.