If you are going to do it, advertise a two hour window, and then go enjoy your day.
Tom Mastrangelo, Realtor
EXIT Realty Leaders
Beverly Hills, FL
~serving all of Citrus County and Dunnellon~
It sounds as though you may be a FSBO.
Holding an Open House event on Satruday or Sunday afternoon, can't hurt. Signage is important. Be sure to have directional signage at every corner. The more signs the better. A survey of all my Open House attendees indicates that 100% of them came because of the signs. (Regardless of how many ads or how much I spend on media advertising) Be sure to have take one flyers with information, price and photos of your home in an outside take one container.
The days of Open Houses in Jacksonville generating huge numbers of lookers ended a couple years ago. Three to six different individuals or groups is a very successful open house in today's market
Remember to be safe and let a close neighbor or someone know what you are doing and when. Be cautious.
Holiday weekends have never produced a strong turn out for any of my open houses. If you're going to be home anyway, it won't hurt to put your signs out for a couple of hours. Anything that may generate traffic to your listing can't hurt. I put my signs out early, even the day before, and have a sign in the yard of the home with the day and time for the event.
The time of the event may not be convenient for all. Your signage and flyer will succeed in getting informaiton about your listing to the public. Your objective is getting your home noticed by more sets of eyes.
If your zip code is correct, you wont' have the benefit of a high traffic area such as the beach or a river park to attract buyers. Plan on normal weekend traffic.
I do a good many open houses. Our more successful Open Houses are in the late afternoon between the hours of 2PM to 5PM. This gives looker's the chance to stop in at one more home after most of the other Open Houses have ended at 3PM or 4PM.
I hope this information is helpful. If you decide to do an open house this weekend and it is not successful, don;t give up. Try another the next weekend that is convenient for you.
Best of luck to you.
My name should be in the Guiness Book for Open Houses!
But, I have failed every time I have tried to hold one on a HOLIDAY.
The reasoning just does not translate to traffic.
Any weekend is a good time. Serve hotdogs, have a BBQ in the front yard, make it fun. Serious buyers are shopping. KNow that open houses are NOT going to sell your property. They will HELP, but a comprehensive marketing plan covers many bases. If your home has been on the market for more than a month with fewer than 20 showings you need to sit down with your Realtor and figure out a plan to get your home sold.
FYI... an Open House does not sell the Home a train Professional does, with marketing, Advertising, Bloggin, emails, phone calls, follow ups. If you need assistance with any one of the mentioned give us a call.