How to Plan for a Successful Open House

by The Irvine Team 09/09/2019

An open house is a great way to showcase your home for sale to potential buyers. A successful open house is one that helps you to bring several concrete offers for your house for sale. Below are some guidelines to help you successfully plan your next open house event;

Time Your Event Right: The time for your open house event should not be unrealistic. Set a time that you can keep up with, and that is also convenient for people to come. Weekends are the best times for open houses or evenings on a weekday. Look at the weather forecast for that day and make sure poor weather will not disrupt your open house event. 

Set a Budget: Have a realistic budget for your open house. Are you considering showcasing a fully staged home, or an empty house? What refreshments are you providing for guests? Have some money ready as a precaution in case something entirely out of the blue occurs that you have to handle. 

Clear away clutter: You may choose to stage your home to look as naturally lived in as possible. However, you should also get rid of all the clutter around the house. Setting a house up typically helps to make the potential buyers feel comfortable so you should make it as convenient and organized as possible.

Get Professional Help: There's no doubt that there's got to be food, beverages, and entertainment. Instead of insisting on cooking yourself, you can order the food to be delivered before your guests arrive.

Get the word out! You may need to send many invites in the form of cards, emails and even set reminders via social media. You can also invite neighbors and friends through Facebook and other social media channels.

Plan for Safety: Most open house events last for two hours or so. Ensuring the utmost safety during an open house is very important since a lot of people, including strangers, would be in attendance. This may involve taking a look at your insurance policy to see what it covers, keeping valuables out of reach, and informing your neighbors about your event. You can have an assistant at the open house to help you stay with people as they move around the home. 

Ready to get started? Speak to a real estate agent about planning a successful open house today.

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The Irvine Team

Blending a lengthy background in marketing and 25 years of trade knowledge surrounding real estate, Drew & Linda Irvine are the perfect recipe for success.

Originally from New England, Drew has an artistic eye for effective home staging and years of experience in sales and marketing. Linda, originally from the west coast of Florida, brings years of trade knowledge including mortgage origination, title, and experience dealing with closing agents, appraisers and surveyors. Their combined strengths, dual availability, outgoing personalities and true professionalism make them an effective and capable team in any real estate transaction. 

Whether dealing with homeowners or future homeowners, Drew & Linda are always working to make people feel at ease when buying or selling a home. One thing that is constantly said about this team is that their style and personalities makes people feel instantly comfortable and relaxed.  They know that this process can often be stressful and are always striving to make their clients feel confident and secure as they buy or sell a home.

Drew & Linda also pride themselves in their passion and heartfelt drive to stay ahead of the game when it comes to market education, trends and technology. They are familiar with upcoming development and exciting changes in our Treasure Coast and love to put their expertise to use for their clients.

Drew & Linda have three children and are expecting their first grandchild in September. As avid foodies and music lovers, you will often find them trying new restaurants, dancing to local music and attending neighborhood festivals.

If you’re looking for someone with a wide range of experience and commitment to their clients, look no further than the Irvine Team.