Open house, what an awesome idea, but how do you make it even better?
It is simple, get with other neighbors on the street and talk about a Yard Sale day.
Plan a weekend where several of you neighbors will agree to have a yard sale, have one yourself and get some of the stuff you don't want to go, but most of all have your open house at the same time. Your signs should read: Street Yard Sale & Open House.
It is a greatway to announce you have your house for sale. It will get lots of traffic, and you may even make a few bucks for the day as well.
Try and be sure that your neighbors have a multitude of items for sale, Baby Stuff, Toys, Furniture, Tools, Fishing and Hunting items and more.
Go to http://www.vistaprint.com and have a cheap set of business cards made up include details of the home, address and contact numbers and also Asking Price, usually 250 card will run you about $10 including shipping. Ask each of you neighbors to throw a card into the bag with each sale.
Ask you neighbors to tell everyone at their yard sale that you have an open house going on the same day and just go on over and ask for a walk through.
Have your Realtor there for the day to help answer all questions and to possible help with writing an offer for interested parties
Most of all, have fun and enjoy the day!
When talking to people at the Open Houses, I realized that the people are new; they weren't out there last week, or the week before.
But don't worry about it, don't over analyze it.
You want to do one right away, to take advantage of the WOW FACTOR.
And propbably every two weeks. I found that Sunday is best; after Church and as long as they keep coming; (do not close the doors at 4 if people are still coming.) Saturday hasn't been too good for me, but that depend on your Market.
Plan on a lot (LOT!) of signs with arrows; signs can make you or break you. I put out 15-20!
Having the house Staged properly goes without saying, (so I didn't say anything.)
Bake some bread or cookies before you leave.
Good luck and May God Bless
As Gerald pointed put, there are benefits in hosting an open house that will benefit the homeowner that is not often perceived. Your real estate professional can share these dynamics with you.
Based on the marketing option you selected, the number or frequency of open houses can vary. This is usually dependent on your objectives and time constraints. Unless your home is located on Main Street in Gatlinburg, an everyday open house may be over the top. ;) However a 'one-time' PLF open house will get the job done!
Best of success in the sale of your home.
ReMax Realtec Group
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