How to Plan for a Successful Open House

by Brenda Wilson 09/08/2019

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.

About the Author
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Brenda Wilson

THE SARASOTA PARADISE GROUP - 2018 Craig & Brenda have successfully listed HOMES & CONDOS located in LAKEWOOD RANCH COMMUNITIES, and WATERFRONT, BEACHFRONT, GOLF COURSEs including many unique properties requiring their customized expertise. Many of their clients have relocated from around the globe including year-round and part-year owners. Craig is a Broker Associate and earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation, and is also a New Home Specialist. Brenda is a licensed Realtor and earned her Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist along with numerous other designations. The Wilsons have a proven success record with tremendous staff & systems. As top listing agents, their marketing plan is professional, proven and includes an aggressive multi-pronged internet marketing campaign. Married for 34 years, Brenda & Craig were both raised in upstate New York near Binghamton, where Craig graduated college with an accounting degree. After remodeling several homes of their own, they moved to Virginia Beach in 1986 to partner a start-up financial service business ALMOST A BANC, offering check cashing, money orders, Western Union and packaging services. Building to 19 locations with over 120 employees and gross revenues in excess of $3 million per year, they sold the company in February 1992 to a Bear Stearns subsidiary. Craig held his Virginia Real Estate license and negotiated dozens of commercial leases for check cashing & tax centers. In 1991, Brenda & Craig started Quick-File Tax Network (similar to H & R Block tax preparation centers). Quick-File Tax Network quickly expanded to 29 offices in Virginia & Maryland – offering Tax preparation services & refund loans. With 100+ employees each season, they processed 4,000 – 7,700 tax returns per season, and then sold the business in 1995. Their custom designed FEEBASE database, training & form kits were licensed by Mellon Bank for use by thousands of other tax offices around the country for several years. In 1994, Craig went to work as a Sales representative for McCarthy Enterprise that included relocating to Rockport, Texas and lots of travel, selling time management systems & journals to manufacturers of leather & vinyl planner covers. During this same timeframe, Brenda started her career in Real Estate, working for Coldwell Banker, and then moved to a small luxury brokerage Key Allegro Real Estate in Rockport. Brenda was a Rookie of the Year in 1995 proving herself a valuable asset receiving various awards for top production. In July 1999, the Wilsons made their move to Tulsa, Oklahoma to pursue Bible College for Craig and start their real estate career together. Craig graduated Bible School and worked part time as a Children’s Pastor for 3 years. During this same time, Brenda & Craig quickly evolved into a top real estate team averaging over 60 sales per year in 2000-2004. During their last year in Tulsa, the Wilson Hometeam was the number one Keller Williams Real Estate team in the Tulsa Market with 80 sales. Systems were fine tuned, followed by many happy buyers and sellers. In July 2004, the call of the sunny Gulf Coast climate and sales opportunities led Brenda & Craig to relocate to Paradise on Florida’s gulf coast in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. They transferred to Keller Williams Realty Select and have consistently earned many top production awards annually for the past 13 years. Craig and Brenda's team continues to evolve as their daughter, Jessica Coay, became team administrator in 2016 – working at the office 3 days a week. In 2017 she activated her real estate license and has now joined the team working with buyers and sellers. In 2017, they joined with Fine Properties and have also hired Judi Wilson as a full-time team administrator. The Sarasota Paradise Group gives you the advantage of having multiple agents to hold open houses, show property, and watch the market continuously to assist our clients navigate their real estate needs! If you’re considering selling or buying a property, let Brenda & Craig show you the benefits of working with an experienced team with a proven plan for maximizing your return. Call Craig & Brenda at (941) 321-8686.