What Makes For a Productive Open House?

Having a good open house can make the difference between selling your house quickly and sitting on it for months. Open houses are all about creating momentum. You want the people that visit your house to remember it and create a frenzy of activity. When people think that other people are interested in the same house, they will make an offer quickly. Therefore, you need to do everything that you can to have a productive open house. Here are a few tips to do just that.

Remove the Clutter

The first thing that you will want to do is remove anything that is cluttering your house. Pick up anything that is lying around. Fold and put away the laundry. Do the dishes. Pick up toys or anything else that is in the floor and put it where it goes. If your house is filled with furniture, you might want to remove some of it. Put some in a storage unit if you have to. The point is to make the house feel as open as possible. When you do this, you are making people feel like there is more room. When there is a lot of furniture and things cluttering the room, the space feels smaller than it actually is. Buyers like to feel like the house is big. They will be much more likely to make an offer as a result.


The ambiance of the house plays a big role in the open house. You need to make the house smell attractive and make sure that it is well lit. Open the drapes and bring in some natural light. Allow the room to feel bright and airy. To help the smell of your house, light some candles or incense. An air freshener can help as well. People use all of their senses in evaluating a house. If you make the house smell pleasant and look bright, it will cause them to have a generally good impression of it. Good impressions lead to good offers.

Serve Refreshments

Another thing that you will want to make sure that you do is serve refreshments. You want the people coming to your house to feel like welcome guests. Providing some form of refreshments will allow this to happen. Put out some bottles of water and soda. Put a bowl of chips or party mix on the counter. You might even bake some cookies or brownies. Regardless of what you provide, you want them to have something to snack on. The more effort you make, the more they will remember your open house. Creating a memorable open house, leaves them with a good impression of the house overall. 

Provide Flyers

Regardless of whether you or your real estate agent creates the flyer for your house, you need to make sure that everyone at the open house receives one. You need to make sure that several of them are printed up and displayed in a prominent area of the house. Putting a stack of them on the kitchen counter is a common way to make sure that everyone sees them. 


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