Among the many marketing tools that a real estate agent has in their toolbox, the open houses is one of the most rewarding for everyone involved. In Boise, open houses are everywhere. If you look up and down the streets over the weekend, there are plenty of signs that decorate the street corners, directing possible home buyers inside. However, there remains a few questions in a homeowners mind when preparing for an Open House like ‘when is the best time to have an open house?’, ‘what can I do to make the open house more successful?’, and ‘how do I advertise an open house?’. If these are the same questions that have been buzzing around your head, do not despair, we have the answers.
First, however, it is important to note that your real estate agent will know a lot of tips and tricks and dos and don’ts of open houses in Boise—especially if you have a highly skilled agent from the Hughes Group—so trust what they have to say when it comes to planning. It is always best to sit down and plan out the open house in detail with your agent so that you are all on the same page and that everything is copasetic between you all—it will ensure that your open house has the best results.
So, the question has to be asked, when is the best time to have an open house? Unfortunately, there is not a straightforward answer to this question because each year is different and the weather can also play a large role in when it would be most effective. A good rule of thumb, however, is to try and do your open house on a weekend during the months of May, June, July, and August. These are the prime months because the weather in Boise is usually warm and sunny, and people are out and about more during this time of the year. It is paramount that you do not schedule it for a weekend before or after a holiday. So the week before or after the 4th of July or Labor Day would not be a good idea.
You also need to do it when it isn’t raining, which is pretty self-explanatory. If the weather is foul, less people will be likely to come out. So, check the weather the week before the open house to see if you need to reschedule it.
If you need to plan an open house on the fly, then check to see if there are a lot of garage sales happening the same day. If there are a lot of garage sales that are taking place on a certain weekend, then you can be sure of a couple of things: A) the weather will most likely be perfect and B) there will be a lot of people going around from garage sale to garage sale which means they will be more likely to come in to your open house.
1) Offer refreshments of some kind
Refreshments are always welcome. People like people that give them food or drinks, so use that to your advantage. However, remember that whatever you hand out to your guests, you will be cleaning out of the carpet after it is all over. So offer things that are less gooey and more crumbly, because it will be easy to vacuum up later. Also, be sure to only offer clear beverages: lemon-lime sodas, water, etc. That way if it spills, it will not stain the carpet.
WARNING: Do not offer anything with nuts or peanut butter as this is a common allergy that can be fatal to some people. If you do have anything with nuts be sure to have a warning label put on it. This can also be applied to gluten. Though it is not fatal in most instances, put an allergy warning on them as well.
2) Clean and Prepare Everything An open house means that your house is open to the public so people will be poking their heads into every cupboard, closet, bedroom, and drawer—make sure your whole house is ready and empty of valuables. It is important to make sure that all your valuables are not on the premises so that it will be less likely to be stolen. Get them off site if you can. Computer towers and TVs are big enough that they shouldn’t be a problem. Especially if you have someone stationed at the door to give handouts and watch for stolen items
You should also make sure that every room and closet and cupboard are presentable. This means a lot of deep cleaning which can be a pain, but can also help to sell your house that much faster. There are many professional cleaners that you can higher if the need arises.
Advertising can be a double edged sword. Advertising can help to bring people into your home, but it can also cost you time and money if not done properly. For instance, one advertising idea is to post an ad in the newspaper. This can be super effective, but could also cost a lot. However, there are also some cost effective ways that you can advertise that are just as effective.
One of the best ways to advertise your open house, Boise online classifieds like Craigslist. Craigslist is free to use and is perused by thousands of people in the Treasure Valley every day. So, post your open house online and you will be sure to have more people there than you thought you could have.
There are many other tips and tricks to having a successful open house. Talk to your Hughes Group agent and they will be able to help you. And also remember to follow all local and state laws about signposting along the road. There may be laws in your area that prohibit signs from being posted on stop signs, telephone poles, street corners, etc. Whatever your plan is, however, listen to your agent and they will know how to help you.