Any advice for an open house?

Asked by Shaun Farrugia, Ypsilanti, MI Wed Aug 6, 2008

So I'm having an open house at
Friday August 8 12-2pm 4-6pm
Saturday August 9 2-4pm
Sunday August 10 1-5pm

What should I do other than having things staged?

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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Warren, NJ
Thu Aug 7, 2008
Most visitors to my Open Houses are drawn in by directional signs and online advertising so do both in a big way. Balloons if allowed, are a great draw - they are eye catching and that is what you are trying to do, catch the eye of interested parties.

Signing in is a MUST. For follow-up after for sure, but also for your safety and security. If a visitor refuses to sign in, ask them to leave....politely.

Good luck to you. Stats are actually quite favorable for the use of Open Houses - most buyers do visit an Open House to two before buying.

Jeannie Feenick
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Bob McClure, Other Pro, Walled Lake, MI
Thu Aug 7, 2008 sure to offer fha and va as terms of if questions.bob mcclure- mortgage now- farmington, michigan (248) 974-4444.......almost 14 yrs. experience......
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Kathy Toth T…, Agent, Ann Arbor, MI
Thu Aug 7, 2008
Great responses below. Also consider:
Invite a Lender to qualify these strangers coming to your home.
Be cheerful and greet each person who walks through the door. Make certain to be genuine and interested in their questions. Have school info handy.
Talk to the buyer. Find out what they are looking for in a home and, if possible, show them why this home could be a good fit for them. Do not be afraid to ask about their concerns about the house and if something specific does not appeal to them.
Make sure the house being shown is exceptionally clean. Declutter areas and put away personal items such as children’s drawings. The idea of an open house is for visitors to envision themselves living in your home.
Check the outside of the house for cosmetic flaws. Tidy the yard.
Get all vehicles out of the driveway on the day of the open house, check for available parking on the street.
Open all blinds and drapes allowing natural light to flood the house.
Turn on lamps and make sure all lights in the house are in working order in case a potential customer flips the switch.
Try natural candles with light scents or home baked bread. You may hire a stager
Good luck.
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Debra Drummo…, , Plymouth, MI
Wed Aug 6, 2008
First, post your open house on and I agree with Lynn, make sure you use a tons of signs pulling people in from every direction. Give guests a flier about the home that they can take with them, and ask them to sign in so you can follow up with them afterward. Soft background music and candles are also a nice touch. Good luck!
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LYNN Afton, Agent, Big Rapids, MI
Wed Aug 6, 2008
Cute marketing on your web site Shaun! My advice is: Use lots of Open House pointer signs, and make sure they make it clear it's a home-for-sale open house, and not a graduation party! Best of luck to you!
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