How about a sign that says, "Hot Chocolate and Coffee Inside"?
I don't know that it will do much to increase traffic, maybe one person. Hey, if you only have 2, that's 100% increase! It will make the property more memorable.
During seller markets, I did OH in snow with 20 visitors.....but, not today. :-(
Particularly now......even serious buyers have confidence that there will be enough inventory from which to choose, that it is not necessary to go "today" and many will delay if weather conditions are unpleasant. There isn't the same "fear of loss" that the property will be gone. Exceptions might be the relo buyer who is in town this weekend, and must make best use of the time......regardless of conditions. But, that person is probably w/ a Realtor and will view properties based upon matched criteria, not OH status.
Fortunately, we have had a mild winder in NJ, so far......knock on wood...or knock on steel (anyone from England?) The mild weather has encouraged more showings and more buyer activity, with or without an open house.
I sit an OH once it is advertised, but I once had the sellers insist they would now stay home, believing no one would come due to weather conditions. We did have visitors and the sellers politely moved out the family room as it was shown.
Yes, Ruth, weather definitely impacts OH turnout and the market in general. Sellers get concerned about liability with icy conditions. A good reason for an OH host to use lots of sand or salt to melt away the ice......and have lots of towels for messy shoes.
I oppose canceling an OH unless the conditions are just so bad that it very dangerous for the agent to drive. i.e. A Noreaster with trees down and power outages justifies a cancellation. Less than desireable weather may make the OH less productive, but definitely does not justify a cancellation. The buyer who may come will be discouraged and that could cost a sale.
-26 degree wind chill is brutal........ perhaps in addition to hot chocolate and coffee, a Realtor could provide hot pocket hand warmers, too!
Good luck at your OH today, Elvis.
Nice to see you on Trulia, Ruth, Sylvia and Patrick!